Posts By Maribel Buenaobra

Notes from the Field

Skepticism Mounts as Philippine Elections Approach: Can Independent Poll Watch Groups Help?

May 5, 2010

The May 2010 national and local elections will claim many firsts: the first nationwide automated elections in the Philippines and in Asia, and also the most expensive election in the country’s electoral history. Strange bedfellows share the same stage in campaign sorties (Leftist leaders who were detained by former President Marcos share the same Senatorial […]

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In The News

Philippine Election Campaign Starts; Entertainment Industry Threatened

February 17, 2010

It’s SHOWTIME!  In the Philippines, politics is entertainment and elections are fiestas. This proved to be true once again with the start of the official campaign season on February 9. At campaign kick-offs in various parts of the country, presidential candidates were joined with celebrities, singers, and dancers at the campaign sorties. Manny Villar of […]

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Changing the Landscape of Politics in the Philippines

October 14, 2009

On the night of Sept. 1, 2009, Vicente Valera, former governor of Abra – a province in Northern Luzon in the Philippines – was arrested in his posh Rockwell condominium in Makati, Metro Manila. Valera is now the prime suspect in the murder of Congressman Luis Bersamin, Jr. The murder took place Dec.16, 2006, just […]

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Notes from the Field

From the Philippines: Combating Human Trafficking through Media

August 22, 2007

On August 17, a front page feature article on trafficking in persons (TIP) was placed in a major national daily, the Philippine Star. The story, “Internet Pornography:  The Untouchable Crime,” written by Carmela Fonbuena of Newsbreak, was written to call on the general public to seriously look into this terrible transnational crime that acutely affects […]

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