Category Archives: Politics

Hagedorn seeks recount of Palawan recall polls

edward-hagedorn-20150826-1_585EEC97C4C74924901E2F76ED5CA30CMANILA, Philippines – Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn appeared before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on Wednesday, August 26, to protest the results of the recall elections held 3 months ago in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Hagedorn said he wants a recount of the recall elections in May where his former ally, Lucilo Bayron, won as mayor by more than 5,000 votes. Continue reading

Aquino checks on Palawan, Cebu airports


PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—President Aquino on Monday inspected the construction work on the new international airport here, one of his administration’s main tourism-boosting infrastructure projects.

The facility, targeted for completion in 2017, aims to upgrade Palawan’s capacity to handle more tourists. Continue reading

2 M passengers a year seen with new Palawan airport


President Aquino inspects the Puerto Princesa Airport development project yesterday. With him are Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez, Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin and other local officials.
MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals in Palawan are expected to increase with the newly renovated Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan, an official said yesterday. Continue reading

Aquino visits Palawan


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd flies today to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, the province that is closest to the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed the planned visit during a radio interview on Sunday but stressed that it has nothing to do with the heightening tension between the Philippines and China. Continue reading

Malampaya Fund (Part 2): Does it exist only on paper?


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The Malampaya facility is 80 kilometers northwest of the island of Palawan. The province is claiming a share from the natural gas project proceeds.

Now, if the Supreme Court favors the province in a pending case, Palawan can get around P80 billion from the Malampaya Fund. Continue reading

Hagedorn opposes coal-fired plant


After losing in the recent recall elections, former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn is now back to fighting for the environment.

In a statement, Hagedorn called for “a concerted civil society and national government action” to stop a planned coal-fired power facility in Palawan noting that this will destroy the province, tagged as the “last frontier” in the country. Continue reading

Recent SC rulings on the residency issue

The Asia Foundation PhilippinesRaising residency issues related to electoral bids is anything but new in the Philippines, with the Supreme Court extensively ruling on the controversial matter many times in the past.

And with this same issue now bedeviling Senator Grace Poe, who has dominantly and consistently figured in recent survey polls, the nagging question on what constitutes “residency” once again surfaces in the public consciousness. Continue reading

Palawan recall elections under way, no major incident so far

interphoto_1429523792PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The recall elections for mayor of this Palawan’s capital city reeled off without major incident Friday, just a day shy of the one-year restriction for holding any such exercise before the May 9, 2016 presidential polls.

It’s still one year before the 2016 battle, but some political observers here are framing the contest between incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron and former mayor Edward Hagedorn as a preview of the showdown between the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the ruling Liberal Party, with which Hagedorn is allied. Continue reading

Comelec: PPCRV is watchdog in Palawan recall polls

ppcrv-file-20150430-1_FACB2696BA2448A6972DECD5FAE2680DMANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has authorized the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to serve as a watchdog in the recall elections in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, on May 8.

The poll body also allowed the PPCRV, a group associated with the Catholic Church, to receive the 6th copy of election returns in the race to become Puerto Princesa mayor. Continue reading

Palawan electric co-op: Turn off refs to watch megafight

cart0430-300x193PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Turning off refrigerators is the ticket of everyone connected to the grid of an electric cooperative here for a live coverage of the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight on television.

Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) requested customers to switch off certain appliances like refrigerators on Sunday because of a severe power supply shortfall in the province. Continue reading

Group keeps an eye on Puerto recall polls

254637_251306061659462_818830739_n3-326x235The Commission on Elections on Wednesday granted the request of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting to observe the upcoming recall polls for mayoralty post in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8, 2015.

Based on Resolution No. 15-0306, the commission  en banc also granted the PPCRV’s request to hold an education campaign among 120,765 registered voters of Puerto Princesa. Continue reading

Comelec issues gun ban rules for Palawan recall polls

gun-banMANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday issued the guidelines for the firearm ban that will be imposed in connection with a recall election in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8.

Comelec’s Resolution 9944 restricts the assignment of security details during the election period, from tomorrow until May 18. Continue reading

P136M projects for Puerto Princesa

Palawan_provincial_capitol_01PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The “Apuradong Administrasyon” here announced on Monday that it is ready to implement 15 infrastructure projects worth more than P136 million after their successful bidding and awards to contractors.

According to the City Information Office (CIO), March 10’s bidding of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) succeeded in awarding the infrastructure projects with Mayor Lucilo Bayron steadfast in his commitment to continue them despite a scheduled recall election on May 8. Continue reading

Palawan recall polls go manual

000085870THE coming recall elections in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, will be held manually despite an existing law mandating the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to employ automated election system in all national and local poll EXERCISES.

Comelec spokesman, Director James Jimenez, on Tuesday said they saw no legal impediments about conducting the elections manually in Palawan’s capital as it had been done many times in the past. Continue reading

Sanctions eyed vs Palawan mayor for disrupting Comelec proceedings

IMAGE__101512__UNTV-News__COMELEC-logo2The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will look into possible sanctions against Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, who disrupted the poll body’s validation of signatures in a recall petition against him last week.

A video posted on Youtube, which has now gone viral, shows an angry Bayron barging into the Comelec’s operations at the city coliseum last February 28. Bayron confronted a poll official from whom he grabbed what appeared to be a document which he tore up, practically disrupting the proceedings. Continue reading

Puerto mayor says Comelec halted signature verification in recall, but video shows him disrupting it

interphoto_1425315142MANILA –  (UPDATED 11: 03 P.M.) A video posted on YouTube showing an angry Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron disrupting Comelec’s validation of signatures in a recall petition against him has gone viral. This, even as the mayor claimed in an earlier statement that the Commission on Elections had arbitrarily suspended its verification proceedings on the recall petition seeking his ouster. Continue reading

SC orders recall polls in Puerto Princesa

recall-petition-election-carousel-20140914A MOVE to unseat Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron has gained steam after the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the conduct of recall elections there.

Voting 12-0, the SC ruled in favor of former Puerto Princesa information officer Alroben Goh’s petition that accused the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of grave abuse of discretion for suspending the polls due to lack of funds. Continue reading

Palawan wants out of Bangsamoro area

2014_sept25_news5DELIBERATIONS on the Bangsamoro Basic Law got off to a tumultuous start Wednesday with representatives of Puerto Princesa and Palawan asking the House to exclude them from the proposed Bangsamoro entity, saying 85 percent of their people had already rejected inclusion in an autonomous Muslim region in four plebiscites since the Marcos administration.

Don’t trample on our dream. Actor Robin Padilla and Anak Mindanao Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman (above) testify before Congress during the first hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law as Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (below) speaks with Mindanao residents who gathered at the House of Representatives to air their support for the measure. MANNY PALMERO Continue reading