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Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Pic: AP.

Philippines Senate President Enrile quits after election debacle

By Thu, Jun 06, 2013 9:45AM UTC 1 Comment Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Pic: AP.

Probably the biggest loser in the Philippines May 2013 mid-term elections was Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who resigned yesterday. No, he was not a candidate, although had his son Jack won they would have formed the first ever father and son tandem in the Philippine Senate. But it wasn’t to be. Enrile had three...

Philippines: Pacquiao can’t conquer Gensan, denied Triple Crown

By Mon, May 20, 2013 12:12PM UTC Comments Off Philippines: Pacquiao can’t conquer Gensan, denied Triple Crown

Whether it is him or in a proxy war, General Santos City has remained elusive for Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. On May 13, Rogelio ‘Ruel’ Pacquiao lost in his bid to become seatmates with elder brother in the House of Representatives, losing to re-electionist Pedro ‘Jun’ Acharon Jr by an overall margin of 8,490 votes...

Triumph for Aquino in the Philippines

By Thu, May 16, 2013 10:59AM UTC Comments Off Philippines President Benigno Aquino III. Pic: AP.

Despite votes to be counted, the President wins his mandate, reports Asia Sentinel The voters Monday delivered Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III a resounding mandate along with nine of the 12 Senate seats his slate of candidates were contesting. In the process, voters ignored a last-ditch campaign by the Catholic Church to defeat candidates...

A tale of two rallies: The battle for Gensan mayoralty

By Sat, Apr 06, 2013 3:32PM UTC Comments Off Rep. Manny Pacquiao at the PCM rally.

Old money takes on new money as southern Philippines city braces for closest election yet They have barely touched the ground. But by the size of the crowds they pulled for their proclamation rallies, there might actually be a race between the scions of two of the city’s richest families in General Santos City. Matching...

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Portent of things to come

By Wed, Jan 16, 2013 7:36AM UTC Comments Off

Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez is leaving office in July of this year and will go back to private life after dropping plans to run for any local elective post. But he has not been spared the ugly face of political vendetta. Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) dramatically slashed funds for his favorite...

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