Political Partie and Elections

Management decisions: Based on RA 9369 or purely Comelec’s?
Nelson J. Celis, DBA
Sept. 15, 2015
Posted by CenPEG from Manila Times

We never learned our lessons in the past! The IRR is still hanging in the air. Messrs. Chairmen of JCOC, please follow up Comelec to release the IRR soonest and to include the rules governing JCOC; that is, for example, should Comelec get approval from JCOC before anything else? Or better yet, upon presenting the JCOC recommendations to the Congress, will that be the proper time for Comelec to act?

(The following public statement was read by the Center for People Empowerment in Governance in this morning’s conversation with the press / CenPEG Roundtable with the Media in partnership with the Kamuning Bakery Café’s regular Kape’t Pandesal sa Kamuning.)




CenPEG’s 2nd roundtable with media showcases TAPAT
Contributed by Christine Rimando

Young TAPAT developer Angelo Villasanta (middle) shows media how to operate the machine, with Dr. Nelson Celis watching. CenPEG photo

After the successful launch of its first Roundtable Discussion (RTD) with the Media on June 19, 2015, the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) held its second RTD last July 10, 2015 at the historic Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City.

Comelec ‘parallel biddings’ questioned before high court
Contributed by Louielyn M. dela Cruz

The group raise the copies of the 50-page petition against Comelec filed at the Supreme Court last July 7, 2015. (CenPEG photo)

The Center for People Empowerment and Governance (CenPEG) together with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)-Philippines and 15 others filed a petition on July 7, 2015 asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from proceeding with the “parallel bidding” for the refurbishment of the existing Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and for the lease of the 93,977 more Optical Marker Reader (OMR) units for the 2016 national and local elections.

CenPEG holds 1st roundtable with media on presidential poll results

June 29, 2015

CenPEG media roundtable panel CenPEG Media Posting: CenPEG media roundtable panel (L-R): Bobby Tuazon, Wilson Lee Flores, moderator, and Temario C. Rivera. CenPEG photo

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) had the soft launch of its Roundtable Discussion with the Media last June 19, 2015 at the historic Kamuning Bakery café in Quezon City. The first “Kapihan at Pandesal sa Kamuning” (coffee and bread at Kamuning) was hosted by newspaper columnist Wilson Lee Flores.

For the various reports on the CenPEG roundtable, read: mediareports1stCenPEG RTDwithmediaKapihansaKamuningcafe June192015pdf 

Filipino IT can do it!

June 29, 2015

For the first time in the history of Philippine elections, two alternative election technology solutions were unveiled in a dry-run sponsored by the Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) June 11, 2015 at the University of the Philippines’ Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City.



FIT4E: The only transparent solution

New Comelec chair says he’s open to other election technologies

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), under its new chair, Andres Bautista, has until late July 2015 to adopt the election technology suited for the May 2016 presidential elections.

Petitioners against the PCOS contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic meet at the IBP Board Room, Makati, on March 9, 2015. (L-R): Celine Socrates, CenPEG policy researcher; Prof. Nelson Celis, AES Watch; IBP National Secretary Atty. Nasser A. Marohomsalic; Atty. Manuelito R. Luna, AES Watch volunteer counsel; Evi L.Jimenez, CenPEG executive director and AES Watch convener; IBP National President Vicente M. Joyas; Ma. Corazon M. Akol, AES Watch & Namfrel; Prof. Bobby Tuazon, CenPEG director for policy studies; and Mr. Hector. A. Barrios, AES Watch. CenPEG photo


Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares. CenPEG photo

Partylist solon presses for tax cuts

One of the tax measures pending in the House of Representatives if House Bill (HB) 5401. Authored by Bayan Muna Partylist Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate, the bill seeks to restructure income brackets and rates of individual income tax.

Putrajaya Declaration: Zero Tolerance for Impunity

IACC2015Statement of the International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Malaysia

Posted on 4 Sep, 2015

Nearly 1,200 people from 130 countries gathered in Putrajaya, Malaysia to discuss one of the world’s biggest challenges: how impunity enables the spread of corruption. Delegates came together to find the most effective strategies to stop impunity and hold to account those who benefit from the abuse of power, secret deals and bribery.

Finally bearing fruit or foiled again?
Center for People Empowerment in Governance 
12:01 AM | Philippine Daily Inquirer, Talk of the Town,
A10 Sunday, January 4th, 2015

While without an FOI law the citizenry has admittedly had mixed success in combating corruption and other governance issues, a bad FOI law could make that common concern even more problematic.

New defense deal with U.S. needs Senate concurrence, opponents say
CenPEG position paper read at Senate foreign relations committee hearing

Senate foreign affairs committee members led by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. CenPEG photo

The Philippine Senate’s foreign relations committee, on Dec. 1, 2014, was set to file a resolution expressing the upper legislative chamber’s “disappointment” over the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) without Senate concurrence.

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CenPEG vice chair on dzmm interview on VFA

CenPEG Vice ChairCenPeg Vice Chair Professor Roland G. Simbulan was interviewed extensively with Atty. Evalyn Ursua by tele-radio DZMM anchor Henry Omaga Diaz last October 25, 2014 about the murder of Jennifer Laude and the issue of jurisdiction and custody under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

CenPEG’s 4th Roundtable: Canadian professor talks on ‘globalization of war’

Michel Chossudovsky (right) stresses as point as CenPEG's Temario C. Rivera listens. (CenPEG photo)

Michel Chossudovsky, emeritus professor at the University of Ottawa, spoke on the “globalization of war” at CenPEG’s fourth Roundtable Discussion on Oct. 14, 2014, University of the Philippines’ Asian Center.

In the wake of the Laude killing:
Congress asked to probe US forces’ behavior & “state of mental health” -- CenPEG

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) today supported inquiries on the Oct. 12 murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City being sought by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the Senate and the Makabayan bloc in the lower House. Murder charges have been filed against the suspect, Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps.

Cooperation and security increasing youth awareness on Asia-Pacific security

Cooperation...The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) China, in collaboration with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), hosted the first Asia-Pacific Young Scholars Workshop on September 1-10, 2014 in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Seventeen young scholars from different countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, including CenPEG Policy Researcher Danica Panelo, were invited to participate in the workshop for the purpose of increasing youth awareness on regional security issues and preparing today’s generation to become efficient leaders in the near future.

Global Currents

WORKING FOR THE FEW Political capture and economic inequality
Oxfam Briefing Paper, Jan. 20, 2014
Posted by CenPEG.org (Jan. 27, 2014)

Economic inequality is rapidly increasing in the majority of countries. The wealth of the world is divided in two: almost half going to the richest one percent; the other half to the remaining 99 percent. The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.

The 8-Day Palestine-Israel War

Nov. 29, 2012 was the UN-declared International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. (The following day, Palestine – whose 8 million people have lived mostly in Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 – received its non-state member status from the UN General Assembly.) The Philippine Interfaith Solidarity Forum on Palestine was held on Nov. 29 at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Quezon City, where CenPEG Fellow Bobby M. Tuazon gave a talk.





GMA scoop Bien & NoraNational Artist Bien Lumbera with voter Nora Aunor (GMA News photo)

Thus exclaimed students, teachers, NGO leaders, Church leaders, and even one Comelec official. They referred to TAPAT (for TrAnsPArenT Election System) – an alternative election technology solution designed by father-and-son tandem, Arnold and Angelo Villasanta.

Fighting corruption is like waging war
Contributed by Roseann Jonamae Nunag Rodriguez

Folk dance. CenPEG photo

The Art of Fighting Corruption: Korapsyonaryo and confronting the enemy through knowing him.

Peasant leaders, land reform advocates launch new movement
CenPEG News
June 8, 2015

About 300 peasant leaders and land reform advocates from all over the country launched the Philippine Land Reform Movement (PLRM) on May 28, 2015 at the University of the Philippines’ CSWCD Building, Diliman, Quezon City.

JOINT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: JCOC hearing of May 14, 2015 shows Sen. Koko Pimentel (left photo) presiding. CenPEG Executive Director and AES Watch convener Evi Jimenez (left, right photo) asks, who's the real owner of PCOS? (See related story in the Political Parties and Election section) Photos by Nelson Celis, AES Watch

Issue Analysis and Commentary

June 22, 2015

Realpolitik in the maritime tiff

The real menace to America is the weakening of its economic power due to heavy losses in the 2008 financial crisis. The crisis, says George Soros, “led to the system’s collapse. The crash was a watershed moment because it marked the end of U.S. supremacy.” The way this setback is driving the U.S. to tighten its containment on China by riding on the maritime rows could lead to miscalculations. Right now, China will not budge.


China’s challenge to PH sovereignty

Roland G. Simbulan
Philippine Daily Inquirer / Talk of the Town
June 21, 2015
Posted by CenPEG.org

It is time to reexamine the internal and external policies that have made us lose effective control over our natural resources, economic activities and even our own State.


Choosing the next president
Bobby M. Tuazon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 4th, 2015
Posted by CenPEG

Because choosing the right candidate depends on the latter’s vote-getting capability, no one knows whether the one who wins is prepared to grapple with the country’s complex problems of underdevelopment, wide income disparity, unemployment, and the like.


Fixing the presidency, reforming the state
Bobby M. Tuazon
Posted from Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 13, 2015
Posted by CenPEG

But the dim public perception of the President cannot be attributed solely to massive disappointment over the gap between his 2010 “social contract” and his failure to walk the talk, compounded by the poverty and unemployment that worsened under his watch. It reflects mounting public dissatisfaction starting from the Marcos years over the misuse of power from one administration to the next for personal gain, corruption, plunder and other crimes. It is a collective narrative of a people who removed incorrigible presidents and replaced them with persons of the same mold.


Let go, America

The United States’ dragging counterterrorism operations are turning southern Philippines into another Afghanistan. With US federal agents reportedly on top of the Jan. 25 operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the bloodbath will worsen armed feuds involving rebel groups, extremists and government forces.


Pope Francis: reform and conversion

“Reality is superior to a paper of ideas.”

This, in brief, captures the corpus of Pope Francis’ messages in his four-day pastoral journey in the Philippines dramatized by encounters with overseas Filipino workers’ families, youth, street children, “Yolanda” survivors, and religious men and women.

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