An apparently irked President Aquino admitted that he was dissatisfied with the performance of the Commission on Elections after the reported delay of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in some parts of the country. To explain the delay, and learning about the President’s dissatisfaction, Comelec officials immediately held a press briefing. The first question fired at Chairman Jose Melo was, “Are you aware of what happened to Dr. Prisco Nilo?”
DepEd officials are blaming the Comelec for the delay in the barangay and SK polls. The Comelec is blaming the National Printing Office for the delay of delivery of election paraphernalia. At press time, the President has yet decide whether he’ll take the cudgels for them or not.
In some areas affected by delays, voting was extended for another hour or two. In Lubao, rumors have it that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wanted to extend it for… another term.
President Aquino cast his vote at precinct 0175A-Alto at the Central Azucarera Elementary School in Tarlac City at around 10am Monday. The frontrunner in the race for barangay captain in the village was a bachelor who failed to pass a single ordinance during his three consecutive terms as kagawad.
Unconfirmed reports say former president Joseph Estrada also cast his vote for the barangay elections in San Juan. This time though, he admitted that he didn’t vote for Jejomar Binay.
According to the Philippine National Police, the nationwide barangay and SK elections were generally peaceful and orderly – with very minor problems. For instance, in Quezon City, former congresswoman Annie Susano resurfaced and claimed that she has obtained two flash cards.
The Comelec says the voter turnout in today’s barangay and SK elections was much lower than the turnout of voters in the May 10 polls. Because of the low turnout, counting of votes finished earlier than expected. In fact, a majority of defeated candidates have already conceded… with the exception of Jamby Madrigal, JC De Los Reyes, and Nicanor Perlas.
This just in: Three candidates for barangay captain in Makati City refused to accept the results of the barangay elections. This, after the final tally showed they were defeated by Vetellano Acosta.
From October 24 to 26, the Commission on Elections is implementing a “liquor ban” – or as Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa would call it, the saddest day of his life.
Off to Vietnam
President Aquino is leaving for Vietnam Tuesday. The Philippine delegation has been limited to only 52 members… mainly because the budget for hotdogs is good for 52 persons only.
No to Smoking!
The Department of Health has launched “Say NOSI” or the “No to Sigarilyo, No to Second-Hand Smoke” campaign. In print ads that came out Monday, the DOH said, “Ireport agad ang pasaway” – marking the first time in the last 107 days that a government agency courageously attacked the president.
In her Twitter account Sunday, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago reported that she fell off the stage as she was about to deliver a speech at a forum in Istanbul, Turkey. But the senator immediately picked herself up, received a standing ovation… and eventually won first runner-up in the extemporaneous speech category.
Actors, Junk Food, & Cabs!
After proposing to limit the weight of bags being carried by school children, Sen. Lito Lapid has filed a bill that seeks to ban junk food in schools. In his proposed measure, Lapid said, “It’s high time for the government to undertake the much needed radical reform to advance this unfortunate situation by way of ascertaining that food supplied in school meals would be strictly limited to those fortified with the necessary vitamins and proteins for all school children while banning those that may be hazardous to health.” We admire the good senator’s intention but… ‘di nga?!? Nagamit niya ang “radical reform,” “ascertaining,” “fortified,” at “hazardous to health” in one sentence?!?
Meanwhile, Senator Bong Revilla has re-filed his three-year-old bill that seeks to penalize taxi drivers who refuse to give exact change to their passengers. When Senator Lapid was asked to comment on Revilla’s bill, he said, “That’s a radical reform indeed although ascertaining whether the driver is fortified with shame or not can be hazardous to the passenger’s health.”
President Aquino’s youngest sister, Kris declared on national TV that she’s “ready to fall in love again” with a man her age. Ang tanong: is there someone out there who’s willing to take the risk?
Ayun! Maraming ‘di bumoto dahil wala daw silang payong!
“The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.”
May pakialam ba ang publiko sa lovelife ni President Aquino?
– OO! Public figure siya! 23.08%
– WALA. Huwag nating pakialaman ang private life niya. 52.31%
– Lovelife ni Kris na lang! 24.62%
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