Poll monitoring center

May 09, 2019
ENSURING the holding of peaceful, honest, clean and orderly elections is better said than done in places where there are private armed groups (PAGs), vote-buyers and other poll cheats.

Iron tight May 13 security measures up in Mindanao

ALL six police regional offices in Mindanao have launched their very tight security measures in coordination with the Armed Forces to arrest the presence of various threat groups led by the Abu Sayyaf and the New People’s Army which may try to disrupt the holding of a peaceful and orderly national and local election in the region on Monday, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

‘Bobo-tante’ ka ba? Panawagan sa Comelec

Sa pamamagitan ng kanilang spokesperson na si James Jimenez, na kaliwa’t kanan ang mga interview bukod pa sa mga official advertisements, mahigpit ang panawagan ng Comelec sa mga botante na tanggihan ang mga suhol mula sa kandidato, huwag magbenta ng boto, maging matalino sa pagpili ng kandidato, i-report ang anumang pandaraya na makikita nila at iba pa.

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.

Bicol cops 100% ready for Monday’s elections

ALL security measures are in place to ensure an honest and orderly national and local elections in Bicol this coming Monday, Police Regional Office 5 director, Brigadier General Arnel B. Escobal told the Journal Group yesterday as he expressed their preparedness to counter poll threats posed by the New People’s Army, partisan armed groups and holders of loose firearms in the region.

Ensuring peaceful polls

May 07, 2019
In fact, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) plays a stellar role in addressing the presence of partisan armed groups (PAGs) and loose firearms in some parts of the country.

More on the matter of supernatural monsters & creatures

WELL, in the wake of the publication of my 2-part article on the U.K.’s “Alien Big Cats” phenomenon, a number of people have contacted me asking something along the lines of: “Does this mean you think all creatures that fall under the banner of Cryptozoology are supernatural?” The answer to that question is “No, I don’t.” As I pointed out in part-1 of the ABC phenomenon article, there are valid, wholly down-to-earth reasons as to why people are seeing Alien Big Cats in the U.K. But, as I noted in part-2, there are some cases that are much weirder and that are very difficult to explain without bringing the world of the supernatural into the matter. So, I think there are two issues here: one is that some ABCs are supernatural and others are escapees from private enclosures, or pets that got out of hand, etc. And, I see that “two sides” angle in relation to other so-called “cryptid” creatures too. Let’s take a look at a few examples.