Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Profiles: Candidates for the Philippine Senate, May 2010

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE NGO) put together these matrices of the profiles and stance of those running for national elections- candidates for President, Vice-President, and Senator. The matrices for senatoriables, though not complete, offer a glimpse into where many of the 61 candidates vying for 12 slots stand as regards major issues of the day.


Monday, April 26, 2010

A heartbeat away from the Presidency: Profiles of the Vice-Presidential Candidates

Here are the profiles of the Vice-Presidential candidates compiled by the Jesuit-initiated Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan. I echo their group's eternal encouragement-

Manalangin. Manindigan. Makialam.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

The People's Choice Election Kit 2010

For those still pondering on whom to vote in the coming May Presidential Elections, the independent think-tank IBON Foundation and the civil society group PAGBABAGO! (People's Movement for Change) has come with The People's Choice Election Kit 2010.

This comprehensive guide for voters contains election facts and figures and instructions on using the automated election system. But more importantly, it places side by side the stand of the presidential candidates on issues like corruption, human rights abuses, mining, land ownership by foreigners, jobs creation, taxation, the Visiting Forces Agreement, peace in Mindanao, gender equality, and nationalism. The material was put together based on their legislative/executive performance, media interviews, and the candidates' official websites.

IBON the Peoples Choice Election Kit 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Why I am staying in the Philippines (8): The Nine Who Dare - Profiles of Presidentiables

I began this "Why I am staying in the Philippines" series in 2007 in preparation for the midterm elections that year. The initial entry in that series dealt with my response to a writer's tongue-in-cheek list of what scenarios will make him leave the Philippines. And, boy did I write a mouthful! As the 2007 election season rolled on, the series became the venue in my blog on which politics took center stage. This year, I'm resuscitating the series, a bit too late methinks, but timely just the same will my postings be.

I'm sharing the profiles of The Nine Who Dare - this election's Presidential Candidates. I consider it a happy problem that we have this big number of personalities who want to be of service to the country. These profiles have been put together by the group Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan or SLB, a group of volunteers from the Society of Jesus based in the Ateneo who have quality, credible elections as part of their mission. I just uploaded their PDF files to my Scribd account http://www.scribd.com/cfgomezmd for easier sharing with others.

May it serve as a guide for us as we select our country's Chief Executive a little less than a month from now. As SLB's slogan goes, we pray, we study our options, and we make a stand.