Anyone want to get free passes for the Spiderman movie? Before you say yes. Beware how some politicians are dangling free passes in exchange for votes.

Vote buying schemes in Davao Uggh. But yes, this is happening. Check this site where a voter writes about this incident


Family affair

In local elections here in most of the parts of Midanao may not have that much fanfare like the Ate Vi -Ricky scenario, but nevertheless the political clans are lording it in their places.

Davao is bracing for the Duterte and his daughter taking over the top posts of City Hall. The Uy brothers are vying to take the mayoralty in Tagum City and the governorship in Compostela Valley. While governor Joe Caballero is letting daughter Kris take over the governorship.

The thing close to the Ate Vi stuff is the news that Antonio Floirendo is giving in to Uncle Rodolfo del Rosario’s bid to return as governor of Davao del Norte. It’s all in the family.

Elsewhere, it’s all of the same, families jockeying for positions with rival families.

Family feud. Kawawa ang mga pipol.

myth of the Mindanao candidate

Cris Diaz of Sunstar Cagayan de Oro writes an incisive opinion on the failure of Mindanao politicians to fare well in national elections.

It is a tragedy that these Mindanao politicians, then and now, have not made a dent to carry Mindanao issues in their platforms. If they do, it is all talk, no action.

And if these present crop of five Mindanao candidates vying for the Senate are counting on the Mindanao vote, they have to wake up from this myth.

Recent surveys show that not one of them are closing in on the winning circle of 12. Proof that the voting public is now keen on choosing candidates based on issues and principles, and not on geography. Also, the present elections is shaping up to be a protest vote against the Arroyo administration.

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Women in partylist polls

Gabriela delcares the month of March as Women’s month in their ongoing campaign of advancing the Filipina women’s rights.

In a related issue, there are two Mindanao women leaders running in the partylist elections in hopes of raising the voice of the marginalized in Mindanao.

Prof. Luz C. Ilagan.Pushing Mindanao women’s agenda in Congress
Gabriela Women’s Partylist

Prof. Luz Ilagan, chair of Gabriela Women’s Partylist and second nominee. An educator from Ateneo de Davao Univeristy, former Davao City councilor, widow of the late Atty. Larry Ilagan. Ilagan fought the Marcos dictatorship alongside the mass movement in Davao and is now one of the staunch critic of the Arroyo administration.

Zaynab Ampatuan. A Hope for Mindanao Moros
Suara Bangsamoro Partylist
First Nominee

Zaynab Ampatuan, chair of Suara Bangsamoro Partylist and its first nominee. A Maranao hailing from North Cotabato, she and her family survived evacuations due to the all-out war campaign in Central Mindanao. She is a former student council president of University of Southern Mindanao – Kabacan, youth organizer, and delegate to various interfaith conferences here and abroad.

For women who take half the world and make it better.

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