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Roxas is no Yolanda hero

MANILA (Agencies): Mar Roxas may be the candidate for the presidential election anointed by the current incumbent, Noynoy Aquino, but Father Edwin Gariguez says that he is no hero of Yolanda.

Reacting strongly against a comic book being distributed as part of his campaign, Father Gariguez told CBCP News that Roxas certainly is not the hero that he makes himself out to be in the propaganda.

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Worldwide election forum in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Overseas Filipinos and their families from 14 countries took part in a worldwide consultation in Hong Kong on the upcoming presidential election on March 13.

The day featured a forum with Makabayan senatorial candidate, Neri Colmenares, and nominees from the Migrante Partylist.

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Will May 9 vote get off the ground?

MANILA (SE): The Supreme Court of The Philippines ruled on March 10 that voters at the May 9 presidential election must be issued with a computer generated receipt upon casting their ballot.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has flaunted this requirement of law in the previous two elections, even claiming that the issuing of a receipt could contribute to the age-old Philippine practice of vote buying and selling.

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There are the Rape of Nanking deniers and Bongbong Marcos

MANILA (SE): There are those who deny that the world is round and they are usually laughed out of town, but on a more serious level there are those who deny that the Rape of Nanking, which saw the mass extinction of hundreds and thousands of Chinese people, ever happened and their denial is regarded as willfully pernicious.

But maybe the greater tragedy is that there are also those who take them seriously.

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Safety first or vote rigging?

MANILA (UCAN): A lot of suspicion surrounds a decision by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to issue a receipt to people when they vote at the coming May 9 presidential elections.

It is a requirement of the electoral procedure to issue a receipt upon voting, which the Comelec has ignored for the past two elections.

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Cardinal’s questions for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (SE): Presidential hopeful, Rodrigo Duterte, was sent a please explain message from Orlando Cardinal Quevedo on February 12 after he failed to show up to explain his position to the Friends of Peace on the Bangsamoro Peace Process.

The administrator of Davao City, Jaime Quitain, tendered his apologies due to a migraine headache and Cardinal Quevedo sent him a message asking him to answer two questions during his presidential campaign, MindaNews reported.

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Pope gets up Trump’s nose

WASHINGTON (SE): An age of derivative journalism has ensured that even the craziest kites flown by the Republican presidential candidate in the United States of America, Donald Trump, receive wide exposure in the skies of the whole world.

The latest tells how Pope Francis has got right up the nose of the flamboyant demagogue.

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Congress not for the campaign trail

CEBU (Agencies): No one can accuse Filipino politicians of missing an opportunity of electioneering and with a presidential election in the air this year the large gathering of people in Cebu for the Eucharistic Congress presented such a good opportunity that the organisers had to appeal to them to respect the fact that it was  not about politics.

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Manila bans Eucharistic election profiteering

MANILA (SE): The common practice of priests celebrating Masses for politicians at the launch of their campaigns and at other significant events has finally been banned by the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle.

On December 22, Cardinal Tagle forbad his priests to take part in the practice that for years has been condemned as a form of complicity by the Church in political corruption.

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Churches skeptical of Suu Kyi’s overtures

Mandalay (UCAN): Church personnel in the heavily Christian Kayah state of the Union of Myanmar expressed scepticism at overtures from Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, during a September 11 visit to drum up support for candidates in the upcoming elections in November.

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