President asks Japanese PM to list his country’s commitments. Favila points to committed investments being up (during the pre-election period, mind you). The strong showing of the Peso explained -in the context of regional currencies and not politics.
Here it is, folks: Sigaw resurrects signature campaign:
The new petition will call for the abolition of Malacañang and Congress and will pave for a new unicameral parliamentary system that will be composed of district, regional and party-list representation all over the country, said Lambino…
…Lambino said that with the support of the local government executives, they expect to get the same number they had last year of about nine million signatures — almost double the constitutional requirement of 5.16 million, or 12 percent of the total voting population and representing over three percent of all voters in each of the 213 congressional districts in the country…
…If their petition prospers, the election of members of parliament will be on May 2, 2010.
“There will be no more extension of term or the creation of an interim parliament, Malacañang and Congress will be merged together as the executive and lawmaking body of the government,” Lambino explained.
Under the parliamentary unitary system, the prime minister will become the head of government with members of parliament of the majority party holding the Cabinet posts.
And her’es another Old Reliable: Oliver Lozano says he’s going to file an impeachment complaint against the President.
As the Comelec announces its poised to announce 9 senatorial winners (and Namfrel says it will continue its counting until the weekend), fraud allegations in Mindanao get detailed; the Palace’s Team Unity’s reduced to insisting on two things: Maguindanao was a clean election (and the machinery worked) and there is a Communist-GO conspiracy. This is meant, of course, to keep two of candidates still in the fight, since efforts even in Lanao del Sur have bogged down, the breakdown in admin bailiwicks continues to be detailed, and the recriminations start.
The micro dynamics of overseas voters continues to be examined, too.
A sign of the public mood: even the House claims it won’t bootlick. Not obviously, anyway.
In the punditocracy, my column for today is Ceasafire? Poor Miguel Zubiri took exception to my previous column, but what can you do? Obviously our opinions differ.
Tony Abaya suggests the country’s moving backwards.
Connie Veneracion says there are times when it’s better to say one doesn’t know something; Raissa Jajurie says she knows, because she saw, fraud in Sulu; Candido Wenceslao thinks the electorate has swung to the Right.
In the blogosphere, Ricky Carandang points to the inspiring story that’s been emerging. The real story in this election is how the cheating seems to have been, if not stopped fully, then seriously derailed by volunteers eager to redeem their organization’s reputation and to stand their ground:
But something quite unexpected happened. Over a million people from the normally silent majority decided to intervene in the politician’s contest for the right to engage in rent seeking behavior. The bias-tainted National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) whose leaders were vilified for their silence in 2004, did some serious housecleaning. Out went Bill Luz and Joe Concepcion, and in came Eric Alvia and Eddie Go. The newly revitalized Namfrel joined other watchdogs, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Lente, Bantay Boto, No Cheats, Kontra Daya, and many more to watch the voting, guard the canvassing, and question the cheating. They went to what’s left of the free media to report stories of cheating; and through tv, radio, print, and internet, journalists told those stories to a global audience. In Pampanga, businessmen, civic groups, and the religious cobbled together an improbabale election machinery to send a political neophyte to the governor’s mansion, rejecting in their wake the corrupt practices of the province’s traditional political factions. More importantly, a few brave souls—some soldiers, some teachers, children, and even election officials—came forward at the risk of their lives, to blow the whistle on the thugs who thought they could get away with stealing another election.
A Nagueno in the Blogosphere and Peryodistang Pinay and Patsada Karajaw look at the senatorial elections through the prism of local concerns and behavior. Interesting take on national politics from the perspective of the Bicol region and Cebu and Mindanao politics.
The Magnificent Atty. Perez has an interesting account of what it’s like to be an election lawyer during canvassing (he’s representing Joker Arroyo in Cebu. RezeRed recounts the hassle teachers like her experienced, courtesy of the Comelec.
Placeholder points to a Let’s Move On chronology.
The Journal of the Jester-in-Exile has a pointed message for overseas critics who are ex-Filipinos: STFU.