Category Archives: 2016 Elections

Duterte’s Campaign Contribution Report Under Scrutiny

President Rodrigo Duterte might come under fire after Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) report belied some of his campaign contribution claims. Duterte earlier said that he relied on small contributions of the masses and that he would refuse money from those with vested interests. However, the report found out that almost 90% of the money he raised came from only 13 people; some are prohibited from engaging in… Continue reading

Robredo Quits Housing Post after Duterte Orders Her to Desist from Attending Cabinet Meetings

Vice President Leni Robredo expressed fears that the rumored plan to unseat her may have already been set into motion after she was ordered to desist from attending cabinet meetings. Robredo immediately quit her post as housing secretary, noting that President Rodrigo Duterte never acted upon any of her recommendations to strengthen the housing agency. Duterte had earlier said that Marcos might soon become the new VP if he wins his… Continue reading

Is Robredo the Next Target?

Vice President Leni Robredo might be the next to feel the heat after reports that Sen. Leila de Lima’s alleged bagman, who was arrested this week, is being pressured to link the VP to the drug trade. Though she is part of the cabinet as housing czar, Robredo has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte recently, especially after the Marcos burial. Rumors had earlier floated that Robredo would be removed from her post in favor of Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who filedContinue reading

Marcos to Unseat Robredo as VP?

Rumors abound that vice president Leni Robredo, who is a member of the opposition Liberal Party, might be unseated to give way to Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who lost the election by around 260,000 votes only. Though the two didn’t run as a team, President Rodrigo Duterte’s preference for Marcos is well established and the president has been quoted as saying that the dictator’s son may soon become his second-in-command if the presidential electoral tribunal (PET) rules in his favor. The PET is composed of members… Continue reading

Duterte Says 92% of Philippine Villages Affected by Drugs, Wants Elections Postponed

President Rodrigo Duterte is calling for the postponement of the barangay (village, smallest local government unit) elections scheduled at the end of October to next year. The president said allowing the elections to be held would make the country more vulnerable to narco politics, as he claimed that up to 92% of all barangays have been affected by the drug menace. The move has already gained support in the House of… Continue reading

Robredo is the New Vice President

Rep. Leni Robredo won the hotly-contested vice presidential race, as the official and complete canvass of Congress saw her ahead by 260,000 votes over Sen. Bongbong Marcos. Robredo only had a one percent awareness rating from the public when she announced her candidacy barely eight months ago, but her corrupt-free image and strong performance during the VP debates proved enough to swing the tide in her favor. Marcos, who alleged poll cheating that he was not able to substantiate, would rue this… Continue reading

Pimentel Seeks Senate Presidency

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the head of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-Laban party, will seek the Senate’s top post. Pimentel said he expects competition from Sen. Alan Cayetano, Duterte’s vice presidential running mate. Pimentel is the only PDP-Laban member in the Senate, but he hopes to count on the support of its coalition partners that currently includes Cayetano’s Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition. The Liberal Party has six members and may field its own candidate, while independents… Continue reading