Kitchen sinks, anyone?

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    Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino

    AFP News
    Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino

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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    Reuters
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

  • China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim

    China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim

    AFP News
    China rejects Philippines armed robbery claim

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    Eurozone express hopes that Greek criticism will bear fruit

    Associated Press
    Eurozone express hopes that Greek criticism will bear fruit

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  • Crusaders beat Blues 29-15 in Super Rugby

    Associated Press

    The Crusaders scored tries in the opening minutes of both halves on their way to a 29-15 win over the Blues on Saturday which breathed life into their playoffs hopes in Super Rugby. …

Personal attacks, though present from the start of the national campaign, have intensified the last few days, both in the senatorial and local campaigns. At the senatorial level, we have witnessed the disparagement of candidate Nancy Binay as having the sole credentials as “vice-presidential daughter” and nothing else. Senator Loren Legarda was accused by a certain Biraogo, a “media publicist,” of stashing hidden wealth in New York’s fashionable Park Avenue in the form of a million-dollar apartment. Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile, Jr. has his alleged murderous misdeeds of Marcos dictatorial years, including the death of then-popular movie star Alfie Anido, brought back into the limelight. Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Jr. likewise experienced a public flashback of his alleged 1986 key role in the abduction and gruesome murder of Atty. Rolando Olalia and his driver, Leonor Alay-ay when the case against former Col. Kapunan had a hearing.

Earlier in March, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri had their face-off regarding the alleged “battered wife” of the former. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also had his media share in the tiff between his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista, and her parents.

The attacks, at the senatorial campaign level, evidently had something to do with the fierce and closely-fought electoral contests: one, for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth place, and, two, for the coveted number one position in the victory list.

According to the latest Pulse Asia survey, done last April 20-22, 2013, seven candidates have clear chances of maintaining or barging into the last three places in the 12-person senatorial slots open for election. These are Pimentel, Angara, Zubiri, Honasan, Enrile, Hontiveros, and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. The first nine slots appear to have firmed up, according to the survey.

An earlier Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, conducted last April 13-15, 2013, also indicated a firming up of the first nine slots. However, it listed six to eight candidates within hitting distance of the 10th to 12th seats still open. These are Poe, Trillanes, Enrile, Honasan, Zubiri, R. Magsaysay, Madrigal and Hontiveros.

The case of Senator Loren Legarda is a different one. Since she has maintained her number one position in both surveys, she certainly is a big target for those aspiring for the seat. The reason, of course, is that it is a historical launching pad for presidential candidacy. Since the 2016 presidential election is already being fought for in the current campaign—with Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay a declared candidate—the first three Senate slots are an inviting target for those who have the 2016 ambition also.

Entering the homestretch, every card in these candidates’ war chest is being pulled out in dealt. Personal attacks—considering the personalistic nature of traditional politics—are par for the course. If there is a kitchen sink somewhere, it will certainly be thrown in, for good measure.

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  • United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot
    United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

    The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region. The Asia "pivot" has already seen U.S. Marines rotating through the …

  • China's island-building to loom large at SE Asia summit
    China's island-building to loom large at SE Asia summit

    China's creation of new island footholds in contested seas will hover over a Southeast Asian summit that has become an annual test of the region's nerve in standing up to its massive neighbour. The South China Sea hot potato drops this year into Malaysia's lap as the rotating chair of the 10 member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and host of Monday's meeting. ASEAN states Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts of the strategic South China Sea, but Beijing …

  • Philippines, China trade accusations over sea threats

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of artificial islands, but China reiterated its claim on the strategic waterways. …

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