Pacquiao now a full-fledged politico

Fresh from a 10-day crash course on how to be a congressman, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao seems to have learned the basics of politics quite well. He has bolted losing presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar’s Nacionalista Party for the Liberal Party.

This, after coming out in a TV ad during the campaign season sucker punching LP’s Benigno Aquino III for his lack of legislative accomplishments.

Now that Aquino is President-elect, Pacquiao is moving to the winning team because Aquino ‘means well and it’ll be good for the country.’

He also said that he moved to the LP because he wants to make sure that the influx of projects in Sarangani Province will be continuous.

Well, basta sports lang, you know.

House of Reps to probe Smartmatic ‘hacking’

Members of theĀ  House of Representatives, led by Speaker Prospero Nograles–loser in the Davao City mayoral elections–are meeting with representatives of the Commission on Elections and IT provider Smartmatic today to discuss allegations of ‘hacking’ in the May 10 polls.

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De Los Reyes back in the presidential race

Shortly after conceding defeat in Monday’s election, Ang Kapatiran Party’s (AKP) JC de los Reyes is back in the ring citing “conclusive irregularities in the numbers” that put into question his electoral defeat to Senator Benigno Aquino III and pretty much every other candidate on the ballot.

“If I do not speak against these new findings, then my party’s integrity, as well as my own, will be at risk,” de los Reyes, leader of the party that has sued action star Robin Padilla for appearing in ads for condoms, said.

De los Reyes, whom some have described as idealistic and a bit of a loon, said that he has been in meetings with equally idealistic but credible presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas and Senator Jamby Madrigal to discuss the alleged election irregularities. “We are putting a formal paper together which shall explain this in detail at the soonest possible time,” he said.

Kilusang Bagong Lipunan presidential bet Vitaliano Acosta, who got more votes than de los Reyes despite being disqualified as a nuisance candidate, could not be reached for comment. AKP’s chairman emeritus and founder declined to comment on de los Reyes, but implied that protesting Monday’s election is a matter of free will.

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Aborted secret election alliances

First, there was VillArroyo, then LegardAngara, followed by GloriAquino and MArroyo, all suggesting that in politics, no bedfellows are too strange.

Well, generally. Some alliances are just too ill-advised that they were deservedly still-born.

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New Villar tactic: Run to mommy

Furthering eroding Tondo‘s image as a land of the tough, Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Senator Manuel Villar Jr. brings out the toughest member of his posse: his mother.

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Mikey Arroyo: Comelec can’t disqualify me!

Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo, party-list nominee of security guard group Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), hit back today at attempts to have him disqualified for not actually being part of a marginalized sector. Instead of defending AGP as a legitimate sectoral group, or arguing that even douche bag politicians can be marginalized, he plans to nip the issue at the bud by questioning whether the Commission on Elections can disqualify him at all.

"They're not the boss of me..."

Unfortunately, we were not able to get a direct quote of how Rep. Arroyo figures that the constitutional body that governs elections in the country does not have the power to revoke his candidacy. Still and all, today marks the day that we topped our 2010 quota on our gross national what-the-fuckery.