Who’s running and where? A GMANews.TV interactive map

20 02 2010

Who’s running and where? A GMANews.TV interactive map

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(Updated Feb. 16, 10:18 p.m.) In the interest of voters’ information, GMANews.TV and GMA News Research are posting the official list of candidates for the May 10, 2010 elections at the national level (presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, and party-list); at the congressional district level (Lower House seats), and at the provincial level (gubernatorial, vice-gubernatorial, and provincial board).


2010 Elections: Candidates for president, vice-president, senato r

20 02 2010

2010 Elections: Candidates for president, vice-president, senator

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In the interest of public service and voters’ information, GMANews.TV and GMA News Research are posting the official list of candidates for president, vice-president and senator, as certified by the Commission on Elections. The lists are based on PDF files downloaded from the Comelec website (www.comelec.gov.ph) on February 4, 2010, and are therefore valid as of that date. Click here

2010 Elections: Partylist groups

20 02 2010

2010 Elections: Partylist groups

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In the interest of public service and voters’ information, GMANews.TV and GMA News Research are posting the official list of party-list groups as certified by the Commission on Elections. The list is based on a PDF file downloaded from the Comelec website (www.comelec.gov.ph) on February 4, 2010, and is therefore valid as of that date.

There are a total of 187 partylist groups in the Comelec’s certified list for the May 2010 elections. In the embedded document below, we have divided the list into four “sheets” or tables. The tables are shown as four tabs at the bottom that you can click in succession for easier browsing. The tabs are named “1-A to AKB,” “AKO to ANAK,” “ANG to COOP,” and “DAM to YOU.” Click here

Noynoy regains lead over Villar in new survey

20 02 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III has regained the lead over Sen. Manuel Villar in the latest presidential survey conducted January 28-February 3 by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS).

According to the TNS survey obtained by ABS-CBN News’ Ces Oreña Drilon, Aquino was chosen by 41.54% of 3,000 respondents while Villar was picked by 30.63%.

TNS is a global market research firm with an office in the Philippines.

Aquino and Villar were statistically tied in a Pulse Asia survey conducted from January 22 -26, or around a week before the TNS survey, with the Liberal Party bet garnering 37% and the Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer getting 35%. (Read: Aquino, Villar tied in Pulse Asia survey)

Third in the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 TNS survey was former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) with 11.66%, statistically the same as in the last Pulse Asia survey where he got 12%.

Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD was fourth with 5.21%, the same as in the last Pulse Asia survey.

Bro. Eddie Villaneuva got 2%, Senator Richard Gordon got 1.7%, Senator Jamby Madrigal got 0.22%, also statistically the same as what they received in the January 22 to 26 Pulse Asia survey.

Villar ethics case as factor

The TNS survey was done around a week after a heated controversy over Villar’s ethics case erupted in the Senate, which could be one reason for the changes in the ratings of the two leading presidential candidates.

The Senate committee of the whole’s report accusing Villar of unethical conduct in connection with the C-5 road extension project was taken up during the plenary on January 25. The committee had ordered him to return over P6 billion in government funds that were allegedly wasted for the project. (Read: Senators clash in plenary over Villar ethics case)

On January 26, Senate President Enrile also accused Villar of trying to bribe him to change his stand on the issue. (Read: Enrile claims Villar tried to buy him off)

The Senate, however, failed to act on the report after Villar’s supporters failed to show up on the last session day of the 14th Congress.

NP downplays survey results

The TNS survey was apparently commissioned by the Aquino camp.

Asked for his comment, NP spokesman and senatorial bet Gilbert Remulla said the report does not disclose how the questions were phrased and whether they were slanted for or against any candidate

“Alam namin na ito ay galing sa Liberal Party. Ayaw nilang banggitin ‘yung pangalan eh. Dahil doon, hindi rin namin alam kung ano ‘yung mga tanong, kung ano ang slant n’yan, kaya sa ganon ay hihintayin na lang namin ang magiging resulta ng survey ng SWS at Pulse Asia,” Remulla said.

(“We know this was commissioned by the Liberal Party. They don’t want to disclose the name. We also do not know the questions, whether these were slanted…So, we’ll just wait for the results of SWS [Social Weather Stations] and Pulse Asia.”)

According to the TNS website, it first set up an office in the Philippines in 1983. It offers “full service operations covering all aspects of marketing research and consulting” and claims to be “No. 1 in the Philippines for customised market research.”

“Almost 30 years of research experience has made us experts in understanding the Philippines trade and consumer environment. These insights are critical to helping our clients make their important business decisions,” TNS Philippines says.

“TNS Philippines offers in-house field and data processing services backed by stringent quality control procedures to make sure the analysis and recommendations we deliver are accurate and timely,” the firm says on its website. – report from Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN News

Evangelical churches issue poll guidelines

20 02 2010

MANILA, July 27, 2009—An Election Guideline enumerating the do’s and don’ts in 2010 was yesterday released by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC).

PCEC National Director Bishop Efraim Tendero said they released the list so that their members who wish to campaign or not for a particular candidate may be guided accordingly.

It provides standards for those who wish to campaign for or against a particular candidate or remain non-partisan,” he said.

As a policy, PCEC maintains that as a body we will not endorse nor campaign for a candidate but will instead be involved in voters’ education,” added Tendero.

Below is a copy of the said guidelines for both partisan and non-partisan


1. Do it on the basis of sincerity or conscience and not personal gains.

2. Respect those who are non-partisan and those who are campaigning for other candidates.

3. Focus on party platform of government, track records of public service rather than on personalities of candidates. Should you decide to actively campaign for a specific candidate, form your own campaign group and campaign activities. Do not use the pulpit, church activities and pastoral movement for this purpose.

4. Avoid misrepresentation. No bluffing and name-dropping. Be truthful. Avoid overselling, labeling and character assassination and unfounded expose’.

5. Practice accountability, responsibility and transparency with regards to campaign funds.


1. Do not to take any benefits, promises, giveaways, campaign materials from candidates.

2. Respect those who opt for partisan involvement. Focus on qualities and party platform of governance and track record of public service.

3. Consider conducting Voters’ Education and Candidates’ Forum, and helping forge Peace Covenant between political parties as you are in a better position to do so.

4. Actively advocate your non-partisan position and help COMELEC and different election watchdogs.

5. Be discerning.

6. Welcome everyone in church; pray for candidates but let them speak only in a candidates’ forum.

PCEC is the largest network of evangelical denominations, local churches, parachurch and missions organizations in the country.

It has in its membership 69 denominations with more than 25,000 evangelical local churches, and 166 parachurch and mission organizations. (CBCPNews)

Presidential candidates have spent P1 B on ads

19 02 2010

By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVEN BEFORE THE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN PERIOD began on Feb. 9, 6 of the 10 presidential candidates have already spent some P1 billion on political ads. But the real advertising value of all those ads could actually amount to about P2.1 billion.

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) released Wednesday its latest report, “War on the air waves: 6 top bets spend P1-B on pol ads,” by senior researcher-writer Che de los Reyes. This is part of PCIJ’s series of reports for the project “Pera at Politika (PAP) 2010.”

PCIJ’s two-part report reveals that in the last three months before the election campaign period began, 6 of the 10 candidates for president had already “racked up advertising values on television, radio and print media worth a whopping P2.1 billion.”

But minus the discounts and commissions that, according to media networks executives and PRs, reach about 50 percent, the real spending of the six candidates would be about P991 million from Nov. 1, 2009 to Jan. 30, 2010. Or close to P1 billion. These so-called “negotiated rates” are still a staggering amount. The spending on political ads after Feb. 9 is another story.

Even more interesting, PCIJ points out, is that five of the six candidates have “by now exceeded the limit on TV airtime minutes, if these pre-campaign ads were measured against the Fair Election Practices Act or Republic Act No. 9006.” Will these candidates who have defied the law and overspent be penalized?

Well, they could get away with their overspending by saying that those ads fall under “advocacy ads” or whatever. Think of all those pre-campaign period “advocacy ads” that made some of the candidates for president, and candidates for other positions as well, look like they were God’s special gift to this world.

For her report, De los Reyes reviewed the AGB Nielsen Media Research ad spending data base. According to PCIJ executive director Malou Mangahas, PCIJ manages the subscription to the data base on behalf of its PAP 2010 partner organizations, namely, Lawyers’ League for Liberty, Center for Electoral Reforms and the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines.

Let’s go back to the P2.1 billion figure (advertising value). About half of this, the PCIJ report says, represents the ad buys of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar. PCIJ points out that a presidential candidate’s maximum campaign spending limit is only P500 million or P10 per voter. PCIJ adds that Villar’s party may however spend another P5 per voter or P250 million.

PCIJ tells us that “Villar’s TV ads also logged a total airtime of 758.5 minutes on GMA channel 7, and 696 minutes on ABS-CBN Channel 2 during those three months before the campaign period. Four other presidential candidates racked up formidable totals for their respective TV ads on the two stations as well, most of them posting total airtime for the placements at both GMA and ABS-CBN in the three digits.”

Here is the ad duration in minutes of the other candidates (from Nov. 1 2009-Jan. 31, 2010):

Benigno Aquino III (218.77 ABS-CBN, 136.75 GMA),

Joseph Estrada (96 ABS-CBN, 44.5 GMA),

Richard Gordon (248 ABS-CBN, 127.5 GMA),

Gilberto Teodoro Jr. (291.75 ABS-CBN, 257.75 GMA),

Eddie Villanueva (24.5 ABS-CBN, 161.75 GMA), and

Manuel Villar Jr. (696 ABS-CBN, 758.5 GMA).

PCIJ adds that Villanueva who has equity interest in QTV 11, a joint venture of his Zoe Broadcasting Network with GMA, recorded an additional 221.5 minutes of ad buys on QTV 11.

It is obvious that candidates took the opportunity to splurge to campaign during the pre-campaign period in order for them to avoid the spending limits of the campaign period. PCIJ says, these candidates took advantage of the amended Election Modernization Act that says, one is considered a candidate only “at the start of the campaign period for which he filed his certificate of candidacy.”

They could also invoke the Supreme Court’s Nov. 2009 ruling that says that a candidate’s political acts become unlawful only when the campaign period starts.

Here are the ad values that PCIJ took from AGB Nielsen data and computed based on rate cards. TV ad values were reduced by 50 percent to arrive at the indicative real ad cost.

The ad war is more intense than the ground war, PCIJ tells us. The moneyed Villar is ahead of the pack when it comes to total ad value.

There is more to the PCIJ report than the figures (See http://pcij.org). Media and ad executives who crunch numbers also tell us what all these mean and amount to. By understanding all these, voters can discern better and will not be overwhelmed and bulldozed by these ads that don’t really tell us the whole truth.

Take them as entertainment. Or just reach for that remote.

Send feedback to cerespd@gmail.com



Priest, nun warn: GMA may cheat for Villar, not Gibo

18 02 2010

By Aries Rufo, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak

‘Unfair, preposterous,’ says NP spokesman

MANILA, Philippines – Going by her record, outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is expected to cheat in the May 10 elections, a poll watchdog warned, as it urged the public to exercise greater vigilance in ensuring clean and honest elections.

Convenors of Kontra Daya 2010, composed of the clergy, teachers, information technology (IT) professionals, students and activists, said “signs” point to massive cheating or failure of elections.

It also slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for failing to temper public fears and suspicion about poll fraud.

We have seen it in 2004 and in 2007. The Arroyo government has every motive to rig the elections so it can stay in power. The single biggest fear now is the possibility of a failure of elections which will surely benefit the administration,” former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said.

Cruz is one of the convenors of Kontra Daya.

GMA to cheat for Villar?

As a group, Kontra Daya stopped short of identifying who among the presidential candidates would benefit from the alleged electoral fraud, but some members broadly hinted it may be Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Sr. Mary John Mananzan, head of the militant Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, said Mrs. Arroyo cannot possibly cheat for administration bet former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. since he is among the cellar dwellers in the presidential surveys.

Mananzan added that Arroyo would not also cheat for Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who has vowed to pursue graft charges against the outgoing president. “So, using the process of elimination, who do you think would benefit?” Mananzan asked

The latest presidential survey showed a tight race between Aquino and Villar. Villar has recently caught up with Aquino’s meteoric rise in the public mind following his beloved mother’s death from cancer in August 2009. (Read: Aquino, Villar tied in Pulse Asia survey)

Cruz said there is “reasonable” basis to presume that Arroyo’s real candidate is either Villar or even former President Estrada. “Villar owes her a lot. Estrada also owes her a lot,” the prelate observed. “She will support the one who will be lenient to her.”

The Liberal Party (LP) has ridden on rumors about a “secret partnership” between Arroyo and Villar for the May 10 polls. It has openly accused Villar of entering into an alliance with Arroyo to promote vested interests.

NP: ‘Unfair, preposterous’

Asked for comment, Nacionalista Party (NP) spokesman Gilbert Remulla said these perceptions are “unfair, to say the least, preposterous even.”

“When and how did being politically independent become a liability for us? These assumptions make anybody who is not rabidly anti-GMA, pro-GMA in their eyes,” he said in an interview plus text message sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak.

“Senator Villar has always maintained his independence and has never needed any favor from the GMA administration. This election will be no different,” Remulla said

The NP also previously pointed out that its senatorial ticket includes leaders of the radical left and a detained military rebel. The organizations and movements they represent have consistently been against the Arroyo government.

Comelec performance monitored

In its formal launch on Wednesday, Kontra Daya said it would monitor not only cheating but also the use of government resources for partisan purposes, electoral violence, and the Comelec’s performance, especially how it is implementing the automation project.

Kontra Daya convenors said the Comelec has rightly or wrongly earned the reputation of being the government’s cheating machinery.

They observed that Comelec, despite continuing apprehensions over whether it could pull off the automation project, has allegedly not done anything to inspire public confidence in poll automation.

We could not just rely on what the Comelec says. They have to show that their automation can ensure the integrity of the polls, But so far, their field tests and mock polls have only further stoked our fears,” Fr. Joe Dizon of Solidarity Philippines said. Dizon is one of the convenors of Kontra Daya.

‘Brace for civil disobedience’

Schedules of the poll automation project have been moved and revised many times, heightening suspicions that Comelec and winning machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management are ill-prepared to implement it.

Issues like source code review, the integrity of the machines, and the reliability of the transmitted results have also been hounding the automation project.

Other convenors said the public should brace itself for civil disobedience in case of massive failure of elections or cheating that will frustrate the will of the people.

Cruz said he finds it alarming that a foreign company is running the national and local elections. Smartmatic is a Barbados-based company that has a tainted reputation of implementing automation elections in other countries.

It (the election) is being run by Smartmatic, not by Comelec, and to me, this is a gross offense against this country as a Republican democracy. This is incredible!” Cruz said.

Meanwhile, Comelec commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer lashed at critics for undermining the public’s confidence on poll automation.

Why don’t they just help us succeed? Why are they trying to destroy the confidence of voters?” he said.