MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When Filipino voters go to their polling places on May 9, 2016 to elect, among others, a new president and vice president, they will find two unfamiliar names on the official ballot.
The new names are Daang Matuwid for president and Daang Matuwid for vice president, both running under the administration’s Liberal Party. It is unclear whether the candidates are brother and sister, or husband and wife, in which case, is in violation of the Philippine Constitution’s provision on nepotism and conflict of interest.
Many Filipinos are also questioning the qualifications of the two candidates. The Constitution provides that candidates for president and vice president must be natural-born Filipinos. Voters are demanding to see the birth certificates of the Daang Matuwids.
A call by The Adobo Chronicles to Commission on Elections Chairman Andres D. Bautista has not been returned as of press time.
Stay tuned for more on this highly controversial, developing story.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s final: Grace Poe can run for president in the May 9 Philippine elections.
Poe’s candidacy was challenged before both the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Supreme Court because of questions on her citizenship. Her political opponents claim that being a foundling, she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen which is required of all candidates for president. The high court recently affirmed its earlier decision to allow Poe to run for the highest office.
But now, the Commission on Elections has disqualified another presidential candidate, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Roxas is the standard bearer of the Aquino administration’s Liberal Party.
Roxas’ disqualification came immediately after an interview on GMA Channel 7where he said that if he wins the presidency, the people can be assured that they are electing a president that is “110 percent Filipino.”
In an emergency meeting, the COMELEC unanimously decided to disqualify Roxas because he “exceeded” the required qualification for presidential candidates. “The constitution only requires candidaters to be natural-born Filipinos,” the commissioners said. “Roxas’ claim to be 110 percent Filipino is mathematically impossible, and it only means that he is 100 percent Filipino plus 10 percent something else, and therefore not a natural-born Filipino.”
Upon learning of the COMELEC ruling, Roxas vowed to elevate his disqualification to the Supreme Court.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) willspend more than P26 million for the purchase of “bib vests” for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and support staff to wear as uniforms at the polling places during the May 9 elections, plus another P1.2 million for collared shirts for its employees.
The Adobo Chronicles also learned that in addition to the bibs and shirts, COMELEC is also contemplating of providing the inspectors and staff with new pairs of Nike shoes. The cost of the shoes has not been disclosed.
COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez defended the acquisition of the Election Day uniforms, saying it was aimed at lifting the spirits of those serving in the field. Uplifting the pride of the poll workers by ensuring that they are “attired properly” would help ensure the credibility of the elections, he said.
Jimenez added that the Nike shoes are needed because the inspectors and staff will be doing a lot of walking and running around that day.