Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 10:51 a.m.
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III signed the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or the K to 12 on Wednesday.
The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education - six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School - to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 02:05 a.m.
CALBAYOG CITY -- The city board of canvassers (CBOC) will not be able to proclaim yet the winners Tuesday evening as it is still waiting for election returns (ERs) from remaining barangays, said Calbayog City assistant election officer Carina Amante.
Amante said the ERs from Pinamorotan, Cag-anahaw, San Policarpo, Cabicahan, Balud, and Higasaan are all expected to be delivered Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.
POOR telecommunication signals and unsettled local electoral battles especially in Visayas and Mindanao have affected the canvassing of votes in the senatorial race by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Only six out of 304 certificates of canvass have been tallied by the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), when session was suspended to 9 a.m. Wednesday. These were from Mandaluyong City, Parañaque City, Iligan City, Guimaras, Romblon and Dinagat Islands.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 08:11 p.m.
MANILA -- Voter turnout in the 2013 midterm elections will likely be around 75 percent, which is the same as the one registered in the presidential polls three years ago, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Tuesday.
"But it could be lower or higher (than 2010)," he said in a briefing at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 08:04 p.m.
MANILA -- Malacañang expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the conduct of the 2013 midterm elections despite some glitches encountered by the Commission on Elections and some reported violent incidents that transpired during Monday's exercise.
This as the Palace said that the results of the senatorial polls based on unofficial tallies were an affirmation on President Benigno Aquino III's reforms.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 07:55 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 7:55 p.m.) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) suspended the canvassing of party-list votes on Tuesday after several questions were aired by the legal counsels and representatives over how the votes for the 12 disqualified party-lists will be treated.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they entertained proposals such as whether the votes for the 12 groups will be counted separately, conditionally, or not at all.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 06:52 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III and Manila mayor-elect Joseph Estrada could work together despite the latter coming from another political party, a Palace official said Tuesday.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, in a news briefing, said that Aquino and Estrada are in good terms.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 06:12 p.m.
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- The 2013 midterm elections have created a new twist in the political climate in the vote-rich province of Cebu, as old political families -- Gullas and Osmena -- were defeated in the recently concluded race.
Outgoing Representative Eduardo Gullas (1st district, Cebu), who served the province in various positions, lost the mayoralty race in Talisay City to Liberal Party’s Johnny delos Reyes.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 03:45 p.m.
CEBU (5th Update, 5:57 p.m.) -- Reelectionist Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama emerged victorious in this year's midterm polls, handing Representative Tomas Osmena his first loss in the mayoral race since 1988.
Team Rama’s victory was welcomed Tuesday with cheers from a number of supporters, who stayed at the Cebu City Hall for hours since Monday to witness the canvassing. Mayor Rama joined the crowd after the proclamation Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 04:39 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 4:39 p.m.) -- Administration candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares was winning the May 13 senatorial elections, according to the partial official tally of the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC).
Poe received 391,906 votes out of the six certificates of canvass (COCs) submitted to the NBoC on Tuesday.