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Some shrewd and biting commentary on candidates and their methods. See Jove Francisco for an eyewitness account of the administration rallies and campaign strategy (this is a marvelous entry to be sure); and Manuel Buencamino takes a satirical look (but based on actual quotes) of the messaging of the administration. Ellen Tordesillas examines the “millions of reasons” candidates are being given by various camps.
Inquirer.net has begun a series of podcasts with interviews of senatorial candidates: you can listen to Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero. You can also listen to Aquilino Pimentel III. The value added portion is that eventually, the CVs of candidates and transcripts will be published online, too: see the first, of the Pimentel interview, with parts one, two, and three.
Amando Doronila thinks the Senate’s role as training ground for presidents is waning, waning… But I’m not entirely convinced (though I recall my father telling me it would be more rational to consider governorships as training grounds: almost as many governors have become presidents as lawmakers, many having been both).