Tomas: BOPK inclined to support senator Tito Sotto’s vice presidential bid

THE local party Bando Osmeña Pundok Kausgawan (BOPK) is inclined to support Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who is running for vice president in the May 2022 general elections. BOPK chief Tomas Osmeña, a former Cebu City mayor, said he wants to offer support to Sotto’s candidacy for personal reasons—Sotto has provided Osmeña’s wife […]

Manila mayor changes tune on Duterte admin

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Francisco “Isko” M. Domagoso, currently mayor of Manila City, on Monday said he wants to include President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his senatorial slate for the 2022 elections, months after he criticized the tough-talking leader’s governance style.    The chief of the Philippine capital, who has vowed to create the “broadest form” of government, said he will personally back the senatorial candidacy […]

Cebu leaders sad, proud of Bong Go for dropping out of presidential race

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go announced on Tuesday, November 30, his withdrawal from the presidential race for the 2022 elections, forcing Cebu City’s local leaders to search for a new presidential contender to support. “In the past few days, I realized that my heart and my mind are contradicting my actions. Talagang nagre-resist po ang aking […]

Duterte vs. Duterte showdown?

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte are heading towards a possible face-off in next year’s national elections. This after close officials to the President announced that the elder Duterte is set to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila on Monday, November […]

Espina: Outstanding students

THE Zonta Club of Cebu 1 had the awards rites of its education and leadership project, the “Outstanding Graduates,” in coordination with the Severiana Garcia Foundation. Severiana was an active Zontian in the club’s community, pre-school and scholarship projects in tandem with the equally committed past president, Inday Avila. Both left us a legacy of […]

Political Round-up: Mandanas ruling should push participatory governance, says Leni; Bato courted Sara; Bello twits Isko on contractualization

Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Friday said the Mandanas ruling should pave the way for the direct participation of ordinary people in the budget process and local governance.   The Supreme Court ruling, named after Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas, clarified that the share from the International Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local governments does […]

Duterte appoints new legal counsel  

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Jesus Melchor V. Quitain as his new chief presidential legal counsel, according to Malacañang.   Palace Spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. told a televised news briefing Tuesday that Mr. Quitain will replace Salvador S. Panelo, who is running for senator in the 2022 elections.   Mr. Quitain became the officer-in-charge of the Office of […]

Former SolGen throws support to Robredo 

FORMER solicitor general Florin “Pilo” T. Hilbay has resigned from the Aksyon Demokratiko party of presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” M. Domagoso to endorse the presidential run of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo.    In a statement posted on his social media accounts on Monday, Mr. Hilbay said he is leaving the party “out of ethical considerations” and because he believes Ms. Robredo “is a much better candidate in […]

Candidate’s admission of being a placeholder not enough to be declared a nuisance — Comelec 

A CANDIDATE’S admission or inference of being a placeholder for an elective position is not enough grounds for being declared a nuisance, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James B. Jimenez.   “A mere declaration to the contrary wouldn’t, in my opinion, be sufficient to overcome the intention to run which is manifested in the […]

For the Bangsamoro, choice of president would be a vote for region’s new transition leaders

THE PHILIPPINE president who will be elected next year will have the power to appoint a new set of 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, who will lead the regional government for three years. This is provided in the Congress-approved bill postponing parliamentary elections in the autonomous region. It is awaiting the signature of […]

New prexy must build better infra

WHOEVER runs for presidency in the upcoming May 2022 elections must focus on building high-quality infrastructure, an economist said. “We have to build better,” said Ronilo Balbieran, vice president of think-tank Research, Education and Institutional Development Foundation in a recent virtual summit. Balbieran said it is not enough for the country to continue the Build, […]