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The Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas, the youth wing of the Liberal Party, with its partner, Student Leaders Forum (SLF) praised the Filipino youth for its active participation and interest in the just-concluded midterm elections last 14 May 2007.

“Aside from the many first-time voters who enthusiastically exercised their rights last May 14, we’re happy in the level of overall interest in the election among young people, particularly in the importance of the right to vote and what the youth can do to help safeguard the ballot,” Ace Gomez, SLF chairman, said.

Gomez pointed out that aside from casting their votes, many young people volunteered for electoral watchdogs like the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Gomez also said that the large number of viewers of the blog put up by SLF as part of its voter’s education campaign showed that many young people were interested in the vote. The blog,, garnered more than 12,000 hits since it went up last 29 May 2007.

“We were very impressed with the traffic the blog was receiving,” Eric Caliboso, KALIPI executive director and project director for SLF’s info campaign, said. “We can only assume that young people were very interested in knowing about the elections, like more information on the candidates, what to do when casting one’s vote, and how to protect their votes.”

“Now that the elections is over, its time to tackle other important issues for the youth,” Caliboso added. He said that SLF, KALIPI, and its other partner organizations will now look into ways to reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the promotion of blogging as a tool for issue advocacy campaigns (end).

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May. 29, 2007 08:16:08

MANILA, Philippines – Buhay, the party-list that has the support of the religious group El Shaddai, remains on top of the party-list race, outshining the 92 other party-list groups vying for a seat in Congress. (More on Inquirer)

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May. 29, 2007 08:14:48

MANILA, Philippines — The party-list system is slowly being swallowed up by the traditional political system, leaders of the militant Bayan Muna party-list group said.and Bayan Muna president Satur Ocampo said the… (More on Inquirer)

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May. 29, 2007 08:10:25

TACLOBAN CITY—Winners of mayoral positions in Eastern Visayas include two women, whose politician-husbands were gunned down before the elections, and several newcomers. (More on Inquirer)

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May. 29, 2007 08:01:22

MANILA, Philippines — Amid reports that minors were able to vote in Maguindanao province, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday the law must prevail over cultural practices in election matters. (More on Inquirer)

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May. 28, 2007 08:48:06

This electoral exercise has shown yet again how pathetic Philippine politics has become and how bereft we are of a sense of community, of the common good, of nationhood. (More on Inquirer)

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May. 28, 2007 08:48:01

Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon and the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines deserve a well-earned praise and commendation. Despite the hotly contested elections, the AFP has proven itself to be apolitical. (More on Inquirer)

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May. 28, 2007 08:35:29

“Ma’am is upset because our plans got messed up by the intramurals in the Kapos and Laki coalition. Governor Guiguisain was with Laki, and so was Mayor Matacao, but Representative Garapal ended up with Kapos, and the long and short of it, no one was able to deliver.” (More on Inquirer)

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Can the Comelec prevent cheating in 2010?

Posted May 28, 2007 08:02:00(Mla Time)


Neal Cruz
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections, whether composed of the present commissioners or of new ones, should work double-time in the next three years, before the presidential elections in 2010, to make sure that the massive cheating that’s taking place is not repeated — ever again. With each election, the cheaters become more inventive, audacious, shameless, and often successful. The only reason the cheaters failed to win more Senate seats this time is the doggedness and bravery of the eagle-eyed election watchdog groups. (More on Inquirer)

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Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday called on the Arroyo government to respect the will of the people, saying the “voice of the people is the voice of God.” (More on Manila Bulletin)

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Comelec proclaims Mendoza Bulacan governor-elect

Bulacan governor-elect Jon-Jon Mendoza told radio station dzRB that a political neophyte like him neither had the capability nor the machinery to commit electoral fraud as accused of him by his opponent, Roberto Pagdanganan.

Pagdanganan lost to Mendoza by 19,998 votes and sought to stop the proclamation of the governor-elect, accusing him of electoral fraud. The Commission on Elections, however, has proclaimed Mendoza the new Bulacan governor this evening.

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Malacañang defended anew the election results in Maguindanao, which have stirred controversy because pro-administration senatorial candidates swept the top 12 slots in the province. (More on ABS-CBN)

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A tight battle for the last two spots in the Magic 12 shaped up yesterday among Genuine Opposition (GO) Senate bets Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Aquilino L. Pimentel III and Team Unity (TU) candidates Ralph G. Recto and Juan Miguel F. Zubiri as the Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) gears to wind up the official counting of senatorial and partylist votes by tomorrow. (More on Manila Bulletin)

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MANILA, Philippines — It is still an 8-2-2 lead in favor of candidates from the Genuine Opposition in the latest tally of the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel). As of 10:57 p.m. May 23, GO candidates Loren Legarda (11,542,261 votes), Francis Escudero (11,302,892 votes), Panfilo Lacson (9,934,593 votes) and Manuel Villar (9,551,576 votes) are in the top four in Namfrel’s quick count. Independent candidate Francisco Pangilinan (9,110,064 votes) is at number five, (More on Inquirer)

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Posted May 23, 2007 05:08:00(Mla Time)


Dona Pazzibugan
MANILA, Philippines — To make up for its lack of poll watchers nationwide, the Genuine Opposition (GO) has entered into a post-election alliance with Bayan Muna (Nation First) and four other leftwing party-list groups to monitor the votes of its senatorial candidates for them.

Bayan Muna and affiliated party-list groups Anakpawis, Gabriela, Suara Bangsamoro and Kabataan had formed their own Task Force Poll Watch 2007 to conduct a parallel count of the party-list elections and guard their votes. (More on Inquirer)

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Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. on Tuesday said that the Commission on Elections will be able to proclaim winners of the senatorial elections on Saturday.

He, however, said the proclamation will only be partial depending on the volume of election returns that will be tallied by the National Board of Canvassers at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. (More on ABS-CBN)

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At the start, people believed Panlilio had no chance in polls


SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga —Lots of surprises characterized the elections in President Arroyo’s home province of Pampanga.

At the start of the campaign period, Pampanga residents were surprised that local officials of Gov. Mark Lapid’s hometown of Porac abandoned him and vowed support for his rival, Provincial Board Member Lilia “Baby” Pineda. (More on Manila Bulletin)


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Anak Mindanao (Amin) Rep. Mujiv Hataman expressed surprise at the sudden increase of voters in his hometown of Muhammad Adjul in Basilan.

Muhammad Adjul, a newly-created town, has only 9,115 registered voters. (More on Inquirer)

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Just like local election monitors, Lanao del Sur candidates who felt cheated are now rising up against local officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).According to Aga-Khan Mangondato Sharief, an independent candidate for board member in the province’s first district, he and other fellow board member candidates have agreed to pursue legal action against local Comelec officials for serious missteps that endangered their respective candidacies. (More on Inquirer)

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This campaign is initiated by Student Leaders Forum (SLF), Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas (KALIPI), National Students League (NSL), and Center for Liberal Leadership (CLL)
May 2007
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COMELEC Schedule

January 15, 2007 - Start of filing for Senatorial and Local Candidates --------------------------------------- February 12, 2007 - Deadline of filing for Senatorial Candidates --------------------------------------- February 13, 2007 - Start of Campaign for Senatorial Candidates --------------------------------------- March 29, 2007 - Deadline of filing for Local Candidates --------------------------------------- March 30, 2007 - Start of Campaign for Local Candidates --------------------------------------- May 14, 2007 - Election ---------------------------------------

Organizations Behind

Kabataang Liberal ng Pilipinas --------------------------------------- Center for Liberal Leadership --------------------------------------- Student's Leader Forum --------------------------------------- National Student's League ---------------------------------------


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