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Election killing spree in full swing 03/12/2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Election killing spree in full swing


A series of killings since the political massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province last year has set the stage for the country’s most violent election in recent history, experts warned.

Politicians defying a government crackdown and running their own mini-armies are one of the key trends behind the political murders, according to independent monitors and officials trying to stem the bloodshed.

“There are just too many private armies, goons for hire and entrepreneurs of violence,” Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, told Agence France Presse.

“The government must urgently find ways to deter armed groups and ensure they are not used for election-related purposes.”... MORE

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Villar ‘invented’ rags-to-riches tale—Erap camp 03/12/2010

Villar ‘invented’ rags-to-riches tale—Erap camp


The “rags-to-riches” story of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar is nothing but a fairy tale, scripted, produced and directed by the NP presidential candidate.

“Growing up in Tondo, selling prawns in a palengke (market) do not make a man poor,” the Estrada camp yesterday said in a statement.

Manny Villar not only stole the pro-poor slogan of former President Joseph Estrada but concocted his “I-am-poor” stories to boost his bid for the presidency, according to Margaux Salce-do, spokesman for Estrada.

“The orange color he is using and the ‘para sa mahirap’ slogan are not Villar’s original concepts. Those are Estrada’s. He (Villar) is capitalizing on them to the hilt. Filipino voters are intelligent, they know if the candidate is pretentious or sincere in his agenda,” Salcedo said.... MORE

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A battle made in heaven EDITORIAL 03/12/2010

A battle made in heaven

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With just a few days into the May 10 elections, candidates are frantic in giving their all, which is everything including the kitchen sink, in making a final dash for victory.

Charges, whether wild or legitimate, fly in all directions and from such scraps of allegations, the public forms a consensus on who best to elect as leaders.

Several political pundits are now looking at an Erap Estrada-Noynoy Aquino battle for the presidency with the way the ill-starred candidacy of Manuel Villar appears headed for a crash dive as a result of the still unresolved C-5 anomaly and talks about him being a secret anointed of, or an insurance candidate for, Gloria.

An Aquino-Estrada tipoff would be interesting since it would be a virtual test of divine justice. It was the group backing Aquino, which is composed of the civil socialites made up of Makati big business executives, Catholic bishops, and the well-heeled in society, that had conspired to bring down Estrada despite his being voted by some 11 million Filipinos in 1998, the biggest landslide vote ever received by any Philippine president.... MORE

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Not a matter of more exposure FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 03/12/2010

Not a matter of more exposure

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A study by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), which tracks news coverage on national candidates during the campaign period, said that Erap Estrada, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential bet, was the most covered presidential candidate by three broadcast networks, having logged a total of 36.29 minutes in news coverage during the first three weeks of the campaign period in February.

The CMFR study stated that Estrada had 14.17 minutes exposure in ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol, 20.7 minutes in GMA-7’s 24 Oras, and 1.02 minutes in NBN-4’s Teledyaryo.

The study was said to have monitored the three news programs from Feb. 9 to 27.... MORE

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