‘No elections’ on selected areas – Comelec

Commission on Elections (Comelec) admits possibility of ‘no elections’ on some areas in the Philippines on May 9, should the source code problems for the automated elections cannot be resolved.

In a press conference, Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim says three parts are still needed to be fixed for the computerized elections, including the Election Management System (EMS), Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS) and vote counting machines.


Philippines’ hybrid rice farming up in Malaysia

As the country’s ASEAN neighbor, the Philippines will launch its hybrid rice farming in Malaysia in April, seeking to raise self-sufficiency in rice production amid its limited rice area.

A minimum of 100 kilos of seeds will be shipped for an initial pilot by a local hybrid rice and seeds producer SL Agritech Corp. where quarantine processes are already being arranged.

Titijaya Land Berhad (TLB), a private Malaysian company, in partnership with the Malaysian government through agricultural state research agency Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) will spearhead the said pilot testing.

TLB has also expressed interest to start the importation of seeds from the Philippines to commence commercial planting of the hybrid rice, but tests have to be carried out under federal rules, a report from the Philippine Star.


Propaganda Materials to be banned starting tomorrow

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded the candidates to dismantle all of their posters, in accordance with the official campaign that will start tomorrow, February 9.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista , 72 hours before the start of the campaign for national candidates the prohibited propaganda materials should be deleted. It is said in accordance with Resolution 10049.

Bautista also warned that everyone to fail the order they will let those who post it be accountable to the law – or else the specific candidates or parties will be accountable.


Monster radio election polls released

Liberal Party list bets Former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo tops Monster Radio survey. With 2,524 respondents, Daang Matuwid Presidentiable Mar Roxas got 59%, followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who got 31%. Next in the list is Senator Grace Poe having 7% while Vice President Jejomar Binay only got 3%.

Roxas’ running mate, Robredo, also ranked as the highest topping with 51% while fellow candidates Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero got 25%, 13%, and 10% respectively.


PSCO announces Baguio bettor as 6/42 Regular Lotto winner

A lucky Baguio City bettor wins the jackpot prize of P7.08 million for Saturday 6/42 Regular Lotto draw.

According to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Jose Ferdinaned Rojas III, the winner with the combination 14-35-37-09-21-17 is still unidentified.

Thirty-four other bettors won P19,070 each after guessing five of the six-digit winning combination.


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