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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has been trying to assess where the loyalties of newly proclaimed Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III lie. Will he be a loyal member of the administration bloc in the upper chamber? His father, former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., supported a different presidential candidate in the 2010 election—Sen. Manuel Villar, standard-bearer of [...]

Posted on August 11, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, People, Politics, Profiles, Sectors

Zaldy may not be the favorite child, but some doubt he’d go all out against the patriarch who created him.

Posted on August 8, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Politics

By AYEE MACARAIG, Contributor MANILA, Philippines—The Maguindanao massacre put six prominent male Ampatuans behind bars, all of them with experience in politics. This left the business of holding public office to a new set of family members—the women. Records from the Commission on Elections and a MindaNews report show the women ensured continuity in the [...]

Posted on August 8, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Politics

How Zaldy Ampatuan got to the Palace and what it could mean for the government

Posted on August 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Justice & Human Rights, Politics

Sen. Miguel Zubiri’s resignation does not automatically ensure Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III a seat in the upper chamber

Posted on August 3, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Politics, The Legislature

MANILA, Philippines—Two government agencies will look into the possible involvement of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the alleged switching of the election returns of the controversial 2004 presidential race. If evidence shows that she was privy to this clandestine operation, Mrs. Arroyo, now a congresswoman representing Pampanga, may face criminal charges and imprisonment, according to [...]

Posted on July 28, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Elections, Politics

Posted on July 25, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Multimedia, Politics, Video

EXCLUSIVE: A 2004 military document shows AFP used bulk of its P101-M election funds on ‘intelligence.’

Posted on July 21, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Elections, In-Depth, Investigations, Politics

MANILA, Philippines – The dip in President Aquino’s approval ratings has caused some to question the efficacy of the Palace Communications Group. Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) tells Newsbreak what lessons the team learned in its first year, what needs to be fixed, and why he doesn’t [...]

Posted on July 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Institutions, Politics, The Presidency

A change in leadership style is only a first step for the Philippines, writes Paul Hutchcroft

Posted on July 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Politics, The Presidency
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