Everything you need to know about the 2022 canvassing of votes for president, VP

MANILA, Philippines – The 18th Congress convened in a joint session on Tuesday, May 24, to canvass the votes for president and vice president in the 2022 national elections. Since the Philippines switched to automated elections in 2010, winning candidates are already known by the general public within days – even hours – after voting … Read more

Marcos-allied Zubiri vows independence if he becomes Senate president

During the 2022 campaign period, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri publicly endorsed the late dictator’s son for president MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who earlier endorsed presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. During the campaign, gave assurances the chamber would be independent should he become the next Senate president. Zubiri, one … Read more

With $353-M contempt order, can Marcos Jr. travel to US as president?

MANILA, Philippines – Presumptive Philippine Ferdinand “Bongbong” president Marcos Jr., is bound for Malacañang with a challenge none of his predecessors before him possessed: a standing contempt judgment issued by a United States court in connection with a human rights class suit against his late dictator-father. As head of state and chief diplomat, Marcos Jr. … Read more

36 years after ousting Marcos, Filipinos elect son as president

MANILA, Philippines – With 94.23% of precincts already accounted for, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the only son and namesake of the late dictator Philippine, is the presumptive winner of the 2022 presidential elections in the Philippines. It is a historic win nearly four decades after Filipinos booted out his family out of power, ending a … Read more

Prolonged truce needed for Mariupol evacuations, Ukraine’s president says

KYIV, Ukraine – Civilians including women and children are still trapped inside Ukraine’s besieged city of Mariupol and a prolonged ceasefire is needed to ensure their evacuation as Russia presses its assault, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday, May 5. After failing to capture the capital Kyiv in the early weeks of a war … Read more

If elected president, what would candidates do with De Lima’s case?

MANILA, Philippines – Different sectors have drummed up calls to free jailed reelectionist opposition senator Leila de Lima after the government’s two key witnesses against her – detained drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and former corrections chief Rafael Ragos – retracted their accusations against her. In her detention, De Lima is not allowed to have a … Read more

[OPINION] Kaninong bata yan? Networks, moral hazard, and picking a president

‘A 2018 study using data from Brazil finds that a person’s political networks can predict whether they would be involved in an incidence of corruption’ By this time, there has been quite a bit of ink spilled on the candidates running for president. Arguments for candidates range from simple sentiment (they feel like the right … Read more

Overwhelming majority of Mexicans back president to stay in power

Despite predictions of overwhelming support for the president, turnout is forecast to be between 17% and 18.2%, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute says – below the 40% threshold needed to make the result binding MEXICO CITY, Mexico – About 90% of Mexicans voting in an early election on Sunday, April 10, backed President Andres Manuel Lopez … Read more

Mexican president tests political muscle with referendum on his future

The vote has fueled speculation it could open the door to extending presidential term limits in a country where the head of state is allowed to serve only a single six-year period MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mexicans on Sunday, April 10, vote on whether their president should stay in office, in an opinion he argues … Read more

How the next president should address health inequities in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – With COVID-19 still prevalent in the Philippines, there is a need for a leader capable of safeguarding the health and lives of the people. The next president will inherit a country with a health system in ruins and also one that is beset by unaddressed health inequities. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has … Read more