[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 23 March 2009 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 23 March 2009 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Arroyo signs poll automation bill into law (NQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law on Monday the P11.3-billion supplemental budget that would allow the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to automate the 2010 polls, her political adviser said.

"We see no more obstacles to the implementation by Comelec of a fully automated election system that will ensure honest, efficient, and credible polls next year," Presidential Political Adviser Gabriel Claudio said in a statement.

"With the enactment of the budget into law, the President is living up to her commitment to modernize the electoral process through automation in order to safeguard the true will of the Filipino electorate," Claudio said.

Lakas not considering Panilio-Padaca team (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 2) The ruling Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) has not considered the possibility of fielding Governors Ed Panlilio of Pampanga and Grace Padaca of Isabela as presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2010 elections, Speaker Propspero Nograles said Monday.

But party-list groups welcome the tandem and talks are underway for a national coalition, Bayan Muna (People First) Representative Satur Ocampo said Monday.

On the other hand, Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel Arroyo said he had nothing against a possible presidential run by Panlilio, a priest on leave, but said the governor needs to gain the support of his province mates first.

Panlilio-Padaca tandem still undecided on 2010 elections (www.gmanews.tv)
MANILA, Philippines - Amid reports that they might seek the two highest posts in the land in the 2010 elections, Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio and Isabela Governor Grace Padaca on Monday said that 
they remain undecided on whether to run for president and vice president, respectively, next year.

Panlilio, in an interview on GMA's Unang Hirit, said that he was still thinking whether he would pursue a presidential bid, which he said would depend on the public clamor for a new brand of leadership. 

"Patuloy pa rin ang ating discernment. Mas nakikita ko ang aking sarili bilang isang convenor ng reform constituency ng isang reformist presidential candidate [I am still discerning whether to run, but I see myself more as a convenor of a reform constituency for a reformist presidential candidate]," Panlilio said.

2010 polls in ARMM a month earlier (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA--The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is planning to conduct the 2010 national elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) a month earlier than the rest of the country, an official said Monday.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo said he would like to have early elections in ARMM so that the poll body could keep an eye on the region, dubbed as the country's cheating capital.

"Personally, I am in favor of it so that the concentration of our security forces and the election administration would be focused in the ARMM. If that would be the case, there might be lesser shenanigans there," Melo said.

Based on a draft of the Comelec's schedule, ARMM elections would be held on April 20, 2010, instead of May 10, 2010.

Philippines named deadliest peacetime nation for journalists (www.abs-cbnNEWS.com)
At least 24 cases of murders of journalists in the Philippines remain unsolved in the past decade, making the country the deadliest peacetime nation for the press, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Monday.

CPJ Impunity Campaign Coordinator Elisabeth Witchel said the Philippines ranked sixth in the CPJ's Impunity Index, which assesses the safety and protection of journalists worldwide.

The first five nations on the Index -- Iraq, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Colombia -- have endured years of armed conflict while the Philippines is considered a peacetime democracy.


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