April 18, 2016
THE CAMPAIGN period for the local elections officially began on March 27, Easter Sunday, as Filipinos capped the observance of Holy Week when the nation takes official break from work. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) prohibited any electoral activities on Holy Thursday and Good Friday which may have slowed the start of local campaigns.
Local politicians make up the political base of national candidates, which makes local politics critical to the results of the national race. All Philippine elections are in this sense always local and the media cannot afford to ignore
This was reflected as well in the media coverage of the local campaign. It had taken a whole week after the official start for media stories to report on the contest among hopefuls challenging incumbents, or on the long-standing rivalries among political clans in historic electoral hot-spots…[Read More]
Denying Voters the Right to Choose
A great majority of the positions at stake in the May 9 elections this year are in local government.They exceed by the thousands the 26 national posts of 24 seats for senators and one seat each for vice president and president.
Citing data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)…[Read More]
REPORTS ON THE CAMPAIGN sorties of THE 2016 presidential candidates continued to dominate the airtime allotted by TV news programs for election-related reports from March 6 to 19.
CMFR monitored the primetime news programs of the three biggest Manila-based TV networks (ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol and TV Patrol Weekend, GMA-7’s 24 Oras and 24 Oras Weekend, and TV5’s Aksyon) during that two- week period.
CMFR recorded a total of 223 reports on the candidates for president, or the general conduct of the 2016 elections—or 29 percent of the total number of reports aired during the monitoring…[Read More]
TAKING OFF from the first two presidential debates, the first-ever vice presidential debate in the country’s history offered the public a refreshing view of their electoral choices in 2016.
On April 10, 2016, a different set of candidates engaged in the discussion of some of the country’s most pressing issues. Their exchange seemed more energetic, perhaps more invigorating for voters who have seen too many “presidentiables” in this long campaign season. Gathered together, these politicians belied the stereotype long held about the position they’re seeking, the second seat in power usually and ironically relegated by the public to the sidelines.
Is it the deficit among “presidentiables” that has made the vice presidential candidates more interesting? Is it the presence of Bongbong Marcos among them that has made the selection more charged, with many voters fixated on the implications of a Marcos return to power…[Read More]
THE PARTY-LIST system was institutionalized through Republic Act 7941 in 1995 to assure marginalized sectors of society of representation in Congress. The law uses the word “under-represented” to refer to these groups. Unlike other members of the House of Representatives, party-list nominees represent sectors instead of legislative districts. The nominees of party-list groups that obtain at least two percent of the total votes cast become members of the House and hold the same rights and privileges as their district counterparts. The system supposedly allows party-list representatives to participate in lawmaking so as to advance the interests and concerns of the sectors they represent.
However, the party-list system, which in essence should have democratized representation in Congress…[Read More]