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Understanding the voting process
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Understanding the voting process

An automated election is a complex process. From preparation to completion, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the constitutional body in-charge of managing elections, is faced with a daunting task.  Unless citizens’ groups, volunteers, media and other government entities, such as the Department of Education and local government units, help, millions of voters will have difficulty...

Firehose of disinformation floods run-up to election
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Firehose of disinformation floods run-up to election

Disinformation operations continue relentlessly, as though in a last-ditch effort before Election Day. Filipino voters head to the polls on Monday after months of being engulfed in a relentless stream of falsehoods spewed out in multiple formats and platforms that is unprecedented in Philippine history.  Tsek.ph’s second and latest analysis has tracked a high volume...

Political ‘game changer’ happens as campaign draws to a close
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Political ‘game changer’ happens as campaign draws to a close

A few days before Election Day, as the campaign for the presidency neared the homestretch, this political “game changer” happened! It has surprised almost all partisan camps, notably the contenders in an obvious two-cornered fight. The game changer is the release of the finding of TruthWatch Philippines in an intercept survey that Ferdinand Marcos Jr....

Statistics expert sees Robredo win if ‘flawed’ surveys are corrected
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Statistics expert sees Robredo win if ‘flawed’ surveys are corrected

Rectifying the “flaws” of latest Pulse Asia surveys will lead to good chances for Leni Robredo to win the presidential elections on May 9, according to a former secretary general of the then National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). “I think she has a chance. Huwag lang madaya (assuming there’s no massive cheating),” Ramon A. Virola...

A Robredo-Marcos Jr. rematch in 2022?
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A Robredo-Marcos Jr. rematch in 2022?

EDITOR’S NOTE: As early as January in the weekly OpinYon, political scientist Temario C. Rivera noted the battle lines in the May 9 presidential election. A rematch between Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. looms large, in what may very well be the most consequential presidential election since the end of Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s dictatorship...

Destiny and the Philippine presidency
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Destiny and the Philippine presidency

SO MUCH is said about the presidency being destiny. Unfortunately, the Philippines’ destiny is also tied up with whoever destiny brings to the presidency. In recent memory, among those who can be said to have been favored by destiny to become president were Corazon Aquino, the housewife and grieving widow, and Rodrigo Duterte, the foul-mouthed...