I do not intend to influence Congress, Sara says on House speakership

DAVAO CITY — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has denied influencing the selection for the Speaker of the House of Representatives. “I am only the Mayor of Davao City. I am not the correct person to endorse someone to be the next speaker,” she said in a statement Tuesday. Admitting she …

Senator Pangilinan quits as LP prexy, Congressman Belmonte steps down as Secgen

DAVAO CITY (May 22) — Senator Francis Pangilinan yesterday stepped down as president of the opposition Liberal Party after none of their candidates won the senatorial race in the May 13 mid-term elections. On the same day, Reelected Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher “Kit” Belmonte also resigned as the Secretary general of LP. …

Comelec-Lanao Sur awaits complaint on alleged ‘pre-shaded’ ballots

MARAWI CITY — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to receive reports on the alleged “pre-shading” of ballots during the voting process in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City on May 13.  Provincial election supervisor Allan Kadon said this on Friday after video footage surfaced on social media showing a woman, wearing a long red …

Reelectionist candidates win in CDO, MisOr; but not in Lanao Sur town

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Incumbent local chief executives still get to serve another three years in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental province, after the local Commission on Elections (Comelec)  has declared them as winning candidates on Wednesday. Oscar Moreno defeated Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña in the city’s mayoral race, while Yevgeny Emano …

Winners in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (May 17) — Most of the winners in the recent May 13, mid-term elections are from big political families dominating their respective municipalities. Here’s the complete list of North Cotabato elected officials: Governor: Nancy A. Catamco; Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño Represetatives The Comelec also proclaimed the following as the Representatives: First District Joel …

After landslide victory, PDP-Laban treats DavNor residents

DAVAO CITY (May 16) — Leaders of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Davao del Norte treated their constituents at the Atrium of Tagum City Hall on Thursday, May 16. The PDP-Laban DavNor ushered the victory of the candidates for governor, vice-governor, three city mayors and five municipal mayors, two congressmen. The …

Comelec proclaims Nancy Catamco as North Cotabato Governor

DAVAO CITY (May 16) — After the long wait, the Commission on Elections and North Cotabato board of canvassers proclaimed Congresswoman Nancy Alaan Catamco as the new governor. Catamco garnered 272, 249 votes in defeating her closes rival Carmen Municipal mayor Rogelio Taliño 268,718. Catamco thanked the people of North Cotabato for the support given …

Supporters of rival political clans clash in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY — A 10-minute clash erupted Tuesday between armed supporters of rival political clans in the town of Talitay in Maguindanao province sending a few hundreds of civilians scampering to safer grounds. No casualty was reported in the incident. Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the warring supporters as those belonging …

Floirendo, del Rosario lose hold on Davao del Norte

DAVAO CITY — A neophyte politician ended the 40-year rule of the del Rosario family over Davao del Norte province as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed on Tuesday the winners in the May 13 elections. Proclaimed winner for governor of Davao del Norte is Edwin Jubahib, winning over Rodney del Rosario, the son of former …