Noynoy to wear bespoke barong with trademark ribbon in proclamation

Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino may be known for his modest lifestyle, but for his proclamation and inauguration as the Philippines’ 15th president he'll be wearing clothes fancier than what he’s used to: A barong tagalog custom-made for him by Filipino designer JC Buendia.

Erap not yet conceding, son says, denying earlier reports

Despite reports that former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada is already conceding to presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the deposed leader's son on Monday said his father is not yet admitting defeat.

Canvassing of votes from Davao City deferred

The Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), on Monday decided to defer anew the canvassing of votes from Davao City due to the absence of statement of votes (SOV) there.

Boy Abunda on govt post: Not for now

TV host and talent manager Boy Abunda said he is not keen on accepting any offers for a government post, at least for now.

Special polls in ARMM towns ‘generally peaceful’ – poll official

Special elections held in nine towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) proceeded “peacefully" and without major security and technical problems, a poll official said on Thursday.

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Makati contractors contributed to Nancy, Junjun Binay’s campaigns

At least seven individuals connected to four different Makati suppliers and contractors – whether as owner, stockholders and company officers or board members – have contributed to the campaign kitties of Makati City Mayor Erwin Binay Jr. or Senator Nancy Binay in the 2010 and 2013 elections. The campaign contributions of the seven individuals range from P40,000 to P1 million. In all, their declared contributions reached at least P1,610,000.  Full Story

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When the presidency becomes a personality cult

The danger of a Presidency that subsists on a personalistic cult, and is derived from a near-hero worship, is that it faces the risk of sinking or swimming on the attitudes of a citizenry that has a short memory, and has an unstable notion of what is popular. For these people, leaders and idols are dispensable. Full Story

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PPCRV readies house-to-house campaign for voter registration

A Church-affiliated poll watchdog group is preparing to go house-to-house in convincing Filipinos to register as voters in the 2016 national elections. Full Story

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Power outages try patience of Davao del Norte voter registrants

Voter registrants in Panabo City in Davao del Norte complained of long queues and uncomfortable conditions at the local Comelec office, which they said was due to Mindanao's power outages, a news site Davao Today reported. Full Story

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Comelec: More than 60,000 voters registered, filed biometrics, updated records

The Comelec is hopeful it will get more of the 13 million Filipino being encouraged to register to vote after over 60,000 voters went to election offices last May 6 to sign up, have the biometrics taken, or update their records. Full Story

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The danger of a Presidency that subsists on a personalistic cult, and is derived from a near-hero worship, is that it faces the risk of sinking or swimming on the attitudes of a citizenry that has a short memory, and has an unstable notion of what is popular. For these people, leaders and idols are dispensable. Full Story

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday refused to name the person he will be endorsing in the 2016 presidential elections, saying he does not want to cause problems for the person. Full Story

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, has released its final tally of senatorial candidates according to its official canvassing of election results. Full Story

The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, said Friday that it will proclaim three winning senatorial candidates in the 2013 midterm elections by 8 p.m. Full Story

Younger senatorial bets may have a slight advantage over their more senior rivals since a big majority of voters for the 2013 polls are below 35 years old, Institute for Political and Electoral Reform executive director Ramon Casiple said. Full Story