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21 int?l poll observers deployed in ARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) -- The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), in collaboration with the  Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and its partner Moro civil society organizations in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has deployed 21 international observers from six Asian countries with a significant Muslim population, to monitor the May 14 elections in the region.

Garci cries dirty politics

BAUNGON, Bukidnon (MindaNews/09 May) – Now it’s his turn to cry “dirty politics.”

Former Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, whose name has been associated with electoral fraud, an association he claims is unfair, is now complaining about dirty politics, as candidate for Bukidnon’s first district seat in Congress.

Q and A with Virgilio Garcillano (1): “No such thing as ‘Hello Garci;’ she...

Part 1

BUKIDNON (MindaNews/09 May) – Virgilio Garcillano the candidate is “ not running scared”  against his two opponents in the congressional race for the first district of Bukidnon.

“Why will I be scared?” the controversial former elections commissioner told MindaNews late Monday afternoon in his farm in Baungon. “You know, this is a win-win situation for me. If I win, well and good. And probably I can show to them that I had not been doing any cheating or rigging of the elections. And if I lose, that means I am not a good cheater, I am not a cheater at all. Because that is always the accusation of these people.”


Bishop to voters: heal the land, choose the right candidates

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 May) – Calling the May 14 elections another God-given opportunity to “heal our land,” Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato City called on voters all over Southwestern Mindanao to go out on May 14 and vote for the right candidates.

SPECIAL REPORT (3): It?s still all in the family: Not only in the countryside...

Last of three parts

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 May) – It’s not just in the countryside but in the cities, too, these families lording it over the political landscape in Mindanao, with Davao City as the latest entrant – a father and daughter team in the executive and a father and son team at the legislative.

SPECIAL REPORT(2): It?s still all in the family: More political dynasties

2nd of a series

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – Years ago in Mindanao, political dynasties were mostly associated with the Moro. These days, they’re more associated with the non-Moro.

In the past, they ruled in succession -- e.g. father first then the eldest son. These days, they rule altogether - husbands and wifves, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, brothers, sisters, uncles and nephews. 

SPECIAL REPORT (1): It’s still all in the family: 12,395 Mindanawons vie for 4,930...

1st of a series

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – Twelve thousand three hundred ninety five Mindanawons are vying for a total of 4,930 posts across Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 27 cities, many of them bearing the same family or middle names.

53% of Mindanawons think there’d be “dagdag-bawas”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May) -- Fifty-three per cent of Mindanawons think there will be vote-padding and shaving in the coming elections but a higher number does not believe there would be flying voters or that voters would be harassed in their areas, findings from the April 14-17  Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showed.

Vote wisely, Church urges parishioners

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/03 May) -- Vote wisely.
This is the advice of Fr. Rey Salvador of the Diocese of Kidapawan to
parishioners who will cast their votes on May 14.

Migrants Manifesto for Issue-based electoral contest

We, the Overseas Filipinos worldwide, urge each and everyone in the coming May electoral contest to implore all political parties, emerging parties and their respective candidates to bring forth a platform-based campaign so that the electorate can choose credible persons who are worthy to lead the nation.

SWS calls for vigilance for election survey freedom

In principle, election survey freedom prevails in the Philippines. But in practice, attempts to restrict this precious freedom continue. Vigilance and active opposition to such attempts are small prices to pay for the maintenance of such freedom. From now until the next election in May 2007, the SWS website http://www.sws.org.ph will keep the public updated on the latest developments pertinent to election freedom.

Include Mindanao infra in campaign agenda, MEDCO chair urges candidates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – The top official of the government's economic arm in Mindanao said additional infrastructure for the island should be high on the campaign agenda of candidates in the May 2007 elections, to increase productivity.


Pinol takes oath as Lakas-CMD chair in North Cot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – North Cotabato Governor Emmanuel  
Piñol, whose term ends on June 30 this year, took oath on Wednesday as chair of the ruling Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats in North Cotabato province.

Make environment, peace in Mindanao top issues in 2007

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) -- Groups have started urging voters to consider the peace process and the protection of the environment as among the focal points in choosing candidates in the May 14 elections.

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