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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, http://www.getinvolved.wordpress.com, 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).

A Thank You Message from SLF

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

Can the Comelec prevent cheating in 2010?

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

Inquirer

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net

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)

Originally Posted at www.mb.com.ph

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)

Originally Posted at www.mb.com.ph 

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

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

Inquirer

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)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

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)

Originally Posted at www.abs-cbnnews.com

President Arroyo’s political allies have won more than two-thirds of seats in elections for the House of Representatives, paving the way for a multi-party, pro-administration coalition backing re-elected Pangasinan Rep. Jose de Venecia as Speaker for the fifth term.

This, according to an e-mail sent by Noel Albano, de Venecia’s chief of staff, will assure the “continuity of his (de Venecia’s) wide-ranging reform agenda.” (More on ABS-CBN)

Originally Posted at www.abs-cbnnews.com 

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By ELLALYN B. DE VERA

Party-list group Buhay continues to lead the party-list elections followed by 2004 elections topnotcher Bayan Muna, in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) count.

As of 1 p.m. yesterday, Buhay party-list, whose first nominee is Rene Velarde, son of El Shaddai’s Mike Velarde, led the latest count of the National Board of Canvassers held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. (More on Inquirer)

 

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

Fourteen partylist groups will get at least one congressional seat, have so far garnered more than two percent of the votes cast for party-list, according to the latest official count of the Commission on Elections released Tuesday afternoon. (More on Inquirer)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net 

Eight Genuine Opposition candidates continued to dominate the National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections quickcount of the partial and unofficial results of the senatorial election.

As of 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, four GO bets led the count namely Loren Legarda (9,624,986), Francis Escudero (9,370,285), Panfilo Lacson (8,279,916) and Manuel Villar (7,933,889). (More on Manila Bulletin)

Originally Posted at www.mb.com.ph

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By HANNAH L. TORREGOZA

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos said that the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) is ready to proclaim some of the winning senatorial candidates during the weekend as the poll body is bent on beating its 10-day deadline on Friday. (More on Manila Bulletin)

Originally Posted at www.mb.com.ph

Senatorial Candidates Tally Sheet

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Party list tallies

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Partial, unofficial Namfrel tally as of 5:27 a.m. of May 17

The top 12 senators based on the latest partial, unofficial Namfrel tally (35,839 out of 224,748 precincts or 15.95 percent of total):

1. Legarda, Loren, 2,115,936

2. Escudero, Francis Joseph, 2,082,908

3. Lacson, Panfilo, 1,942,396

4. Villar, Manuel Jr, 1,745,048

5. Pangilinan, Francis, 1,739,306
(More on Inquirer)

Originally Posted at www.inquirer.net

Y! POWER

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

Bloggers

Concept and Project Director: Eric D. Caliboso --------------------------------------- Blog Master: Arlene C. Concepcion / Ivy Ganadillo --------------------------------------- Graphic Designer: Franz Robert dela Vega --------------------------------------- Writers: Reymundo de Guzman, Nysa Tolentino, Joenel Nudo, Shiella Poblete, Bless Alvero, Julie Turqueza, Rachel Bersamera, Francis Urduna, Kare Bernardo, Ace Gomez, Maricris Lorenzo, Fidel Esteban, Agape, Ivy Ganadillo, Alex Sevilla, Cecille Anyayahan, Mel Salise, Carla Vicente, Kathrina Manuel, Mark Anthony de Leon, Lawrence Villamar, RJ Rocks, Analyn Lopez, Donna Babadilla, Jhaecii Fajardo, Claudette Tolentino and Rob Ramos --------------------------------------- Spokesperson: Jan-Argy Y. Tolentino - (+63) 0917-526-2749 --------------------------------------- Contact Numbers: --------------------------------------- Smart No.: +63920 8213221 Globe No.: +63915 3152451 --------------------------------------- Landline Nos.: 7157040, 7158505 local 806 ---------------------------------------