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  • 'Bring it on' — Drug war commander invites probes into killings - Interaksyon
    MANILA — The top enforcer of a brutal war on drugs on Friday dared prosecutors to go after him for the deaths of thousands of people, after activists warned that his election to the Senate could insulate him from legal action. Ronald dela Rosa, President Rodrigo Duterte’s top lieutenant in a crackdown that alarmed the international …...
  • 10 commandments for Filipino voters on election day - Interaksyon
    Election is fast approaching and the Filipino people will be once again choosing their own officials. Here are the 10 commandments that you must remember before you cast your votes next week....
  • All issues surrounding Ronald Cardema's partylist nominee substitution - Interaksyon
    Sarah Elago of the Kabataan Partylist claimed that Ronald Cardema of the National Youth Commission (NYC) is seeking to replace his wife as nominee of Duterte Youth Partylist at the last-minute. Cardema’s wife Ducielle Marie D. Suarez is Duterte Youth’s first nominee while another relative Elizabeth Anne Cardema is the group’s fifth nominee. “He spoke …...
  • Angel Locsin shuts down Ferdinand Marcos supporter on Twitter - Interaksyon
    Actress Angel Locsin slammed a Twitter user anew for implying that she is a New People’s Army supporter after defending senatorial aspirant Neri Colmenares from being red-tagged. The online exchange between the two has since been deleted but a parody account was able to take a screenshot of the conversation, where Twitter user @MarcosGlobalOFC condescendingly replied to …...
  • Bam is in or out? Why official, unofficial counts are different - Interaksyon
    Reelectionist Senator Bam Aquino appears to be included in the top 12 of the Comelec’s official tally even though he has never figured in the so-called “Magic 12” of the unofficial count. As of May 17, 2019, the senator from the opposition slate Otso Diretso has garnered 11,001,047 votes from the certificates of canvass coming …...
  • Breaking down the reported 'errors, glitches' of the 2019 midterm elections - Interaksyon
    The conduct of the 2019 elections had more reports of anomalies and issues compared to the previous automated polls in 2016. Lawyer Gregorio Larrazabal, former commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), raised concerns on the “bundled” system of procuring election paraphernalia for May 13. The “bundled” process refers to the Comelec’s bidding out of …...
  • Does that viral (unverified) 'ballot pre-shading' video mean cheating? Not quite. - Interaksyon
    An unverified video clip of ballots being pre-shaded is making rounds online and alarming Filipinos about the possibility of widespread cheating in the elections. The video shows several people seemingly pre-shading ballots. Kabataan Partylist posted it on Twitter and claimed the video to have taken place in Lanao del Sur. The clip, however, is too …...
  • In new video, 'Bikoy' disowns signature in affidavit Sotto released - Interaksyon
    Peter Joemel Advincula or “Bikoy” denied signing a sworn statement supposedly secured by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto” and claimed that it was not notarized in the first place. In a video released on May 12, Sunday on Daily Motion, Advincula shared that the signature seen on a 2016 affidavit released by Sotto to the …...
  • Leni Robredo debunks post saying she will 'resign' if Otso Diretso loses - Interaksyon
    Vice President Leni Robredo debunked a Facebook post claiming that she will “resign” if not one of the senatorial aspirants under the Otso Diretso slate would make it to the “Magic 12” roster. She shared a screenshot of the post and appealed to the public to continue the fight against disinformation. “Not true. Let’s continue …...
  • Midterm polls a 'referendum' on Duterte's drug war? Not quite - Interaksyon
    Top diplomat Teodoro “Teddy” Locsin Jr. perceived the results of the midterm elections as a “referendum” for the administration’s lethal war on drugs, even as the polls were of the public’s perception of policies. Locsin tweeted this on May 15 after results from the unofficial tally showed that nearly all the senatorial candidates in so-called …...
  • Mike Enriquez to leading senate bets: 'Anong maaasahan namin sa inyo ngayon?' - Interaksyon
    Veteran broadcaster Mike Enriquez trended on local Twitter after some Filipinos shared clips of his appearance in GMA Network’s election coverage where he uttered straightforward comments on the midterm elections. Enriquez was one of the broadcasters in Channel 7’s “Eleksyon 2019” special coverage, where he was accompanied by fellow anchors Jessica Soho and Mel Tiangco. …...
  • Namfrel, politicians demand Comelec explanation on server 'glitches' - Interaksyon
    The sporadic glitches of the transmission server brought suspicions of possible cheating in the counting of votes of the automated elections. Senator Panfilo Lacson and election watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) expressed their concerns on the situation. Namfrel said that 2.25% of 85,769 local election returns (ER) have not yet reflected on …...
  • On lawmaking and its duties: Bato dela Rosa as incoming senator - Interaksyon
    The controversial answers of former PNP chief and senatorial aspirant Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in a televised interview about his supposed lack of knowledge in lawmaking prompted a look at what a senator actually does. The former top cop was interviewed by CNN Philippines broadcaster Pia Hontiveros who asked him about the first thing he …...
  • Otso Diretso candidates lose Senate but wins Twitter - Interaksyon
    Twitter Philippines recognized senatorial aspirant and Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc as the most talked about candidate in the microblogging platform during the 2019 midterm elections. From January 1 to May 13, 2019, Twitter recorded that candidates from the opposition garnered the most online conversations and mentions among Filipinos. They are Gutoc, human rights lawyer …...
  • Philippines gives thumbs-up to Duterte as loyalists dominate election - Interaksyon
    MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte looked set on Tuesday to strengthen his grip on power after unofficial results of a mid-term election showed big wins for his candidates, and resounding public endorsement of his controversial rule. Nine of 12 available seats in the all-important Senate looked set to go to pro-Duterte candidates and the rest to …...
  • Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada over trash row - Interaksyon
    The Philippines is withdrawing top diplomats from Canada after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back 69 shipping containers full of trash, the latest move in a long-running row stoked by threats from Manila’s outspoken president. Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Canada with war and said he would personally escort the waste containers by sea back …...
  • Post-election stress? Here's how you can keep calm and carry on after elections - Interaksyon
    As questions and concerns are raised regarding the partial unofficial tally of the 2019 midterm elections, tips on how to handle post-election stress surfaced on social media. Diwa Mental Health shared suggestions on how Filipinos can manage their “anger, apathy and blues” if the election results seem to not end up in their favor as …...
  • Post on Filipino youth's sentiments over the election is viral for a reason
    A Facebook user wrote a lengthy post on the dismay young Filipinos over the results of the midterm elections. Facebook user Rexie Robles Tamayo shared this on May 13 and was immediately shared over 84,000 times on the platform.    Tamayo expressed that the youth are angry because the results of the recent elections …...
  • Samira Gutoc calmly dismisses critics on indelible ink incident: 'No biggie' - Interaksyon
    Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc addressed criticisms on the indelible ink being placed on her right thumb instead of her forefinger in a short video on Facebook. Facebook page Duterte Kami previously mocked a photo of Gutoc showing off her inked thumb after voting in Mindanao. A board of election inspectors (BEI) member is fasting, …...
  • Secret twin? Congressman gets linked to himself in expanded Palace 'matrix'
    A Twitter user noticed that Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo party-list got linked to himself in the new matrix of supposed ouster plotters that presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo released three days ago. The user shared a zoomed-in version of the matrix assuming the supposed connections of website administrator Rodel Jayme—who created anti-Duterte website Metro …...
  • What's with the #HalalanDayaan2019 trend on Twitter? - Interaksyon
    Two days before the election, hashtag “HalalanDayaan2019” trended on Twitter as Filipinos started discussing election fraud. Shortly after Monday’s midterm vote, the hashtag was appended by buzz over gap in the Commission on Elections’ transmission of election returns. The so-called transparency servers went dark for seven hours, preventing the public from seeing developments in the …...
  • Why mock surveys in Manila universities depart widely from Pulse Asia's
    Survey results from two higher education institutions showed senatorial candidate Chel Diokno, a respected human rights lawyer, as the most preferred among students. San Beda College of Law and the University of Santo Tomas conducted the surveys a few days before the elections on May 13. The Barrister, the official student publication of San Beda …...
  • Why you can't underestimate the effect of votes you sold - Interaksyon
    Vote buying and vote selling have been one of the most rampant forms of electoral fraud in the Philippines during elections. This 2019 midterm election, hundreds of cases on the election fraud have been filed and individuals have been arrested by authorities....
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