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Palace assures public President Duterte in the pink of health

(Eagle News)—The Palace on Monday, May 20, gave the assurance President Rodrigo Duterte’s health was “not a serious matter”  at this point. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after rumors circulated over the weekend that the chief executive had been confined in the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan due to cardiac arrest. The Palace immediately issued a statement denying the rumors, saying Duterte was merely resting in Malacañang. Panelo quoted the President […]

De Lima on loss of Otso Diretso bets in Senate polls: It’s “hard, painful” but “we should not give up”

(Eagle News)–Opposition senator Leila de Lima has expressed disappointment over the loss of Otso Diretso Senate bets in the recently concluded polls. “I could not understand how the objectively undeserving – those who are known to have committed crimes against the nation, who presented no concrete plans of action, who could show no accomplishment except their ‘loyalty’ to one man, and those who are fencesitters- could win the votes of the Filipino people,” De Lima, […]

Comelec: Proclamation of winning Senate, party-list candidates may take place on Tuesday, May 21

(Eagle News)–The Commission on Elections sees the proclamation of winning Senate  and party-list bets on Tuesday, May 21. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the remark in a press conference on Monday, May 20, with only a few Certificates of Canvass left to be counted exactly a week after the May 13 polls. Jimenez said 1,050,681 votes from Isabela province are expected tonight. The National Board of Canvassers also has yet to canvass COCs from Isabela, […]

Villar still leads Senate race a week after the polls

(Eagle News)–Senator Cynthia Villar continued to lead the Senate race on Monday, May 20, based on partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections transparency server. Villar had 25,116,310 votes as of 11:17 a.m., over 3 million votes more than Grace Poe’s 21,911,481 votes. Bong Go was still in third place, with 20,453,347 votes. Below are the other Senate bets in the winning circle: 4. Pia Cayetano- 19,632,440 votes 5. Bato dela  Rosa- 18,802,305 […]

4.4-magnitude quake hits Masbate

(Eagle News)–A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Masbate on Monday, May 20. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 4 kilometers northeast of Pio. V. Corpuz in Limbuhan at 6:45 a.m. An instrumental intensity I was reported in the cities of Masbate and Legazpi. No damage to property nor aftershocks were recorded.

Cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers to prevail over PHL today, May 20

(Eagle News)–Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies on Monday, May 20. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said isolated rainshowers caused by localized thunderstorms are also expected. Landslides or flashfloods during severe thunderstorms are possible. In general, the whole country, the weather bureau said, will have light to moderate winds and slight to moderate coastal waters.  

Yellow alert in effect over Luzon grid on Monday, May 20

(Eagle News)–A yellow alert is in effect over the Luzon grid on Monday, May 20. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the alert, which means reserves do not reach the minimum required capacity, will be hoisted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Available capacity was at 11915 megawatts, while peak capacity was at 10937 MW. Details on the cause will be announced by the Department of Energy, the NGCP said.

Huawei will not bow to US pressure: founder

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is ready to deal with Washington’s crackdown and will reduce its reliance on US components, its founder told Japanese media. President Donald Trump effectively barred Huawei from the US market on Wednesday and added it to a list which would restrict US sales to the firm amid an escalating trade war with Beijing. “We have already been preparing for this,” Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told a group of Japanese […]

Fear of change: Negative politics wins Australia election

Australia’s conservative government held on to power at national elections thanks to a highly effective negative campaign warning voters against the centre-left Labor Party’s large policy reform agenda, analysts said Sunday. Labor led every opinion poll in the two years prior to Saturday’s election but fell well short of a parliamentary majority after the vote, in a surprise result for the ruling Liberal-National coalition. Analysts said opposition leader Bill Shorten’s unpopularity with voters and his […]

India’s acrimonious election comes to an end

by Sailendra Sil in Kolkata and Abhaya Srivastava in New Delhi Voting in one of India’s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day Sunday as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world’s biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa’s beaches to Mumbai’s slums and Ladakh’s Himalayan monasteries. Long queues formed outside polling stations in […]

European elections: voting differs across countries

Each country in the European Union has its own rules for voting in the May 23-26 elections to the bloc’s parliament. Here is an overview. – Who votes when? – Twenty-one of the EU’s 28 members go to the polls on May 26, a Sunday, including France, Germany and Poland. Britain and The Netherlands vote on Thursday May 23; Ireland on the 24th; Latvia, Malta and Slovakia on the 25th. In the Czech Republic, voters […]

EU fears voter apathy despite populist surge

by Christian SPILLMANN Four days before Europe’s 400 million potential voters are called to the polls, EU leaders hope to reverse the usual low turnout to avoid opening the door to eurosceptic forces. The European Parliament, that will be elected in votes across 28 nations between Thursday and Sunday, has never been more important in framing the continent’s laws. But each such continent-wide vote since the first one in 1979 has seen a lower turnout […]