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Kamag-anak, Inc.: Power is family to 5 wannabe prez

VOTERS KEEN in assessing the fitness for office of the five candidates for President in the upcoming elections may want to look at the presidentiables’ political pedigree and blood relations. The five, after all, have occupied elective and appointive posts from a minimum of five to a maximum of 24 years. They spring, too, from […]

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Votes by the pint

17 provinces remain vote-poor since 2004

IN A tightly contested election, every vote matters, and even a vote-poor province could mean success or defeat for a national candidate. But that momentary attention may not mean a boost to the province’s revenues after the polls. In fact, among the consistent placers in the list of 20 provinces with the least number of […]

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Votes by the bucket

Same provinces keep vote-rich status in 12 years

IN ORDER TO WIN ELECTIONS, national candidates need to court and earn votes in bulk. A candidate can do so by asking for endorsement from formation leaders and sectoral representatives, and even from celebrities and matinee idols. Or he or she can opt to do a more personal approach and hie off to vote-rich provinces, […]

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Campaign Months 1 and 2

Top bets for prez, VP, senator
spend P54M daily on pol ads

EVEN WITH just part of their campaign spending captured by Nielsen Media’s monitoring of their political ads from Feb. 9 to the end of March, at least two presidential and two senatorial candidates have already breached half of the cap set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Interestingly, too, many candidates for national posts apparently […]

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A pandemic of TV ads

ALMOST LIKE A PLAGUE, the political ads of four candidates for president, five for vice president, and two dozen other candidates for senator and local posts have started to assault our TV screens starting March 2015, or 14 months ahead of the May 9, 2016 elections. All together worth P6.7 billion, by media’s published rate […]

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