ONE OUT of four senatorial bets in today’s elections is a woman, the highest rate of female participation yet in the senatorial race in the country’s history. But there is hardly a stir of excitement even among women’s rights advocates, who are apparently expecting little from these women, even if they end up winning.
IT MIGHT well be because he has had to fill out only two of them, compared to his colleagues who have already collected quite a pile. Whatever the reason, Aquilino Martin ‘Koko’ L. Pimentel III emerged as having the most detailed Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) among the six senators who are running for re-election this Monday. Indeed, almost all of the columns in his forms are filled out — from his assets and liabilities to his business interests and relatives in government.
BAYAN MUNA party-list representative Teodoro ‘Teddy’ Casiño ranks 283 out of 284 members of the Lower House in terms of declared net worth. That may be why among the five current district representatives who are running for a Senate seat in the upcoming elections, Casiño — or to be more exact, the organization he had been representing in Congress — received the most contributions during the 2010 polls.
THEY HAD been out of Congress for the last three years or more, but the nine former legislators who are among the 33 senatorial candidates in the upcoming elections were most probably far from turning into paupers because of any lack of work.
HOW RICH are the Binays? Vice President Jejomar ‘Jojo’ Binay never fails to point to his humble beginnings, but for decades now, there has been non-stop whispering that he and his family have come a long, long way from Culi-Culi.
IT’S THE homestretch to the May 13, 2013 midterm elections, and the field personnel of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are now feeling the pressure of the last of its pre-election preparations. These include the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, and coordinating and training the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) who will mainly administer matters on election day. These tasks go alongside their continuing responsibility to instruct voters on what should be done before, during, and after the elections; monitor campaign activities; and enforce campaigning and campaign finance rules.
THE COUNTRY’S capital has a population of 1,652,171 (as of the 2010 Census), making it second only to Quezon City’s 2,761,720. Manila, however, occupies an area of only 24.98 square kilometers, or less than a sixth of Quezon City’s 171.71 square kilometers. That makes Manila the most densely populated city in the country, with more than 66,140 inhabitants per square kilometer in 2010, according to the National Statistics Office.
IT’S A good thing that the Quezon City government seems to be responsive to the needs of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the field. After all, a majority of the Comelec district offices in Quezon City seem to be suffering from inadequate funding and supplies from the Commission's head office in Intramuros.