By Dennis Carcamo May 13, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Militant group Bayan has called on Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the apparent President-elect in the May 10 national polls, to make the prosecution of outgoing President Arroyo one if his administration’s priorities.
"Everything from corruption, election fraud, gross human rights violations and the sell-out of national interests should be swiftly investigated and appropriate charges filed. Mr. Aquino should make true his word that a special commission will be created to look into the charges against Mrs. Arroyo,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement.
Reyes said Mrs. Arroyo, who has been proclaimed winner of the congressional race in the second district of Pampanga, would use her political leverage to avoid being prosecuted for the allegations hurled against her. "She is also hoping she will find relief from the Supreme Court, majority of which are her appointees,” Reyes said.
The President recently appointed Renato Corona as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court. Corona is reportedly a close ally of Mrs. Arroyo.
Reyes also challenged former members of the Arroyo Cabinet who will be serving under the next administration to first make a full accounting of their role in her administration before accepting any position.
“Members of the Arroyo Cabinet who will be appointed to the next administration must first reveal to the public what they know of the shenanigans of the previous regime. They should tell all and help make their former boss accountable,” Reyes said.
At least one former Arroyo Cabinet official, former social welfare secretary Dinky Soliman, is expected to assume the same position in an Aquino cabinet. Other Arroyo officials are expected to be re-appointed to various positions.
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Arroyo faces uphill battle for speakership–spokesman
By TJ Burgonio 05/15/2010
MANILA, Philippines – While she had lawmakers at her beck and call for nine years, outgoing President Arroyo faces a tough battle for the speakership of the House of Representatives against returning Quezon City Representative Feliciano Belmonte, an ally of presidential frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, said deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar.
The LP is fielding Belmonte, Ms Arroyo's staunch ally until he jumped ship months before the elections, and vowed to block her bid for speaker by consolidating its forces in the House of Representatives.
Ms Arroyo, who won a congressional seat in her home province's second district, is expected to seek the country's fourth highest position supposedly to avoid possible prosecution for any wrongdoing in her administration.
107 of the 169 congressional candidates of Arroyo’s Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats won in Monday's elections. But Arroyo’s group counts at least 20 other allies from the Nationalist People's Coalition and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, a party official said.
The LP, on the other hand, has 44 elected lawmakers, and needs to gather at least 141 votes to elect Belmonte as Speaker in the projected 280-member chamber.
Marcos Jnr wins seat in Philippine senate
(AFP) – 15 hours ago
MANILA — Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jnr, son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was Saturday declared a senator after national and local elections, reinforcing the family's return to prominence. WTF
Jose Ejercito Estrada, son of former president Joseph Estrada, also won a seat in this week's vote and will similarly serve six years in the Philippine Senate, the Commission on Elections said. WTFUCKINGFUCK
Movie action star Ramon Revilla Jnr took the most votes, the commission said.
"The Commission on Elections, sitting en banc as the national board of canvassers, hereby proclaims the first nine out of 12 winning candidates as duly elected senators of the Republic of the Philippines," Commission chairman Jose Melo announced.
The nine will begin their terms on June 30, Melo said, adding the remaining three slots are to be announced later.
Only 12 of 24 Senate seats were up for grabs because the terms of the other half have not yet expired.
In the elections, Marcos Jnr's sister Imee won as governor of the family's northern stronghold of Ilocos Norte, while his mother, the flamboyant Imelda Marcos, won a seat in Congress.
Marcos Jnr had earlier told reporters he may seek to use the Senate to clear his father's name and as a springboard to the presidency in the 2016 election. FUCK EVERYTHING
"I would like to take this political career that I have embarked upon as far as it can go. The ultimate position is to be president," Marcos Jnr said when he announced his senatorial bid late last year.
His father's 20-year rule was marked by massive rights abuses and the disappearance of thousands of opposition activists.
A popular people power revolt led by Corazon Aquino in 1986 ended the Marcos regime, and installed her as president.
Aquino died last year, triggering a popular outpouring of support which was used by her son, Benigno Aquino, to launch his presidential campaign.
Final numbers have not yet been announced for the presidency, but Aquino has been leading his nearest rival Estrada, the former president, by over five million votes and appears set to be the country's next leader.
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