Round robin of the rich

It was also definitely not a good year for media practitioners to throw their hats into the political ring – TV reporter Jiggy Manicad got over six million votes but was way short to make it in the winning circle; former PJ columnist and Presidential Committee on Constitutional Change technical director and spokesman Conrado I. Generoso and elections lawyer and former broadcaster Romulo Macalintal also failed to make it in the senate race. Other media personalities, however, made it to the lower House via the regular district race or partylist race.

Comelec DQ process arbitrary?

Pimentel, who happens to be the national head of the PDP-Laban, shared the worry that certain Comelec officials may have been too fast in disqualifying some candidates and too slow with others. Pimentel particularly noted the proliferation of apparent “nuisance candidates” - those who were fielded just to cause confusion and sow chaos.

Attempt to tar poll is hogwash

The Issues and Advocacy Center slammed vicious attempts by the political kingpins of Quezon City who now find themselves fighting for dear life to retain political control of the nation’s premier city in what is being viewed as a hotly contested fight for the mayoral post between First District Congressman Vincent ‘Bingbong’ Crisologo and Vice Mayor Josefina ‘Joy’ Belmonte.

Homer’s homecoming

Ped Xing pal Homer Saquilayan personifies such integrity. His public service record is spotless, and his dedication to his job and mission as a local executive as well as his compassion and generosity to the marginalized sector of the community have endeared him to the people of Imus City.

Settling scores, getting even?

In the meeting called by President Rodrigo Duterte between House and Senate leaders last Wednesday to resolve the issue, Duterte declared two important points. First, he won’t sign a 2019 national budget law with no signature from Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who had made such threat unless the House reverts back to the lump sum nature of the appropriations the congressional leadership decided to “itemize.” Second, the President rejected a suggestion by Sen. Panfilo Lacson that the House revert to the lump sum funds that the bicam passed and just let the President divide its allocation, with the Chief Executive insisting he does not want to be involved in deciding who and which areas in the country should get the funds from the lump sum appropriation since it was the job of the two chambers of Congress to make such allocations and not the President’s.

Top banking non-event

But the tides of March marched on instead for embattled Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno, who was appointed BSP chief by President Duterte in a breath-taking emergency extraction from the Department of Budget and Management’s lofty perch, which has been the target of serial attacks by congressional leaders.

Acudeen dazzles Delhi

Acudeen’s young and visionary head honcho astonished the Indian capital this week with the good news of financial liberation, inclusion, and empowerment of entrepreneurs to grow communities, impact positively on people’s lives, and help hasten economic growth and national development.