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A. Regular Holidays
- January 1 - New Year’s Day
- April 5 and 6 (Thursday and Friday) - Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
- April 9 (Monday) - Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 (Tuesday) - Labor Day
- June 12 (Tuesday) - Independence Day
- August 27 (Monday) - National Heroes Day
- November 30 (Wednesday) – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 (Tuesday) - Christmas Day
- December 30 (Sunday) - Rizal Day
B. Special (non-working) holidays
- January 23 Chinese Lunar New Year
- August 21 (Tuesday), Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 (Thursday) - All Saints’ Day
- November 2 (Friday) - All Soul’s Day Additional special (non-working) day
- December 24 - Christmas Eve
- December 31 - New Year’s Eve
- August 31 – Eidul Fitar
- October 26 - Eid-al-Adha
- February 25 (Saturday), EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary
- July 27 - Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo – Special national working holiday
D. Local Holidays
- January 16 – Sinulog “Fiesta of Cebu Philippines”
- January 12 – Talisay City Cebu Charter Day
- February 24 – Cebu City Charter Day, Regular Public Holiday in Cebu
- September 9 – Osmena Day
An automated election had brought about a number of issues, whether to provide the people with an accurate, reliable and honest election. Since the proposal and approval of holding an automated counting of votes for the first time in the country, a number of possible flaws had been exposed by certain groups like the use of signal jammers and a bunch of plausible factors that may lead to a possibility for a failure of elections. The COMELEC, on the other hand, has taken in measures that will decrease the worries of the public and to ensure a truthful election for everyone.
Recently, Information Technology (IT) professionals have expressed the need for a full manual counting alongside the automated counting of votes on Election Day due to many possibilities of cheating. These professionals have looked unto fraudulent activities during the previous elections and are open to the fact that it can also happen with the automated counting. According to them, the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines can be manipulated and cheating programs can be placed in it that may lead to padding and shaving of votes. They also said that, even if this new trend in the voting process utilizes high technology, modern equipments and techniques; it is not an assurance that the system will be free from fraudulent activities. They mentioned that the proposal for a simplified parallel manual count will only involve the highest three positions namely the president, vice-president and the mayor. The votes of the manual counting would then be in comparison to that of the PCOS counts. If and when there is a deviation of more than eight votes then they would suggest a full manual counting for all positions. Their proposal is only to ensure that cheating will be avoided and to check the accuracy of the machines. They have urged COMELEC to decide on this very important matter and spare some time so that they can execute the proposal and concur on solutions to both legal and logistic concerns.
The IT professionals are not the only ones who are calling for a parallel manual count of the votes as more and more sectors have spoken to support such call. Recently, business groups such as the Makati Business Club (MBC) and Finance Executives of the Philippines (Finex) have expressed their support on manual counting alongside the automated counting during the election. These business groups have uttered the fear of relying exclusively on automated counting and the possibility of cheating that will not truthfully validate the credibility of the results. Just like what the Information Technology experts have proposed, these business groups wanted the manual counting to be done on the top three positions. They also said that if and when a discrepancy of a single percent takes place, then a full manual counting should be done for all the positions to ensure accuracy and credibility. A number of flaws had also been enumerated by the representatives of these business groups which include similar flaws stated by the IT experts. They also made clear that they are not trying to stain the reputation of automated elections but instead, they are only trying to establish its effectiveness and capability of providing an honest and credible election for the Filipinos.
Candidates running for different positions in the government have also their stand on parallel manual counting. Six out of nine presidentiables have stated their support on the matter. One of these presidentiables, who stated his support, is Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Senator Benigno “noynoy” Aquino III. He had said that official ballots may have a possibility of being tampered, which may be visible with the naked which would result to its rejection by the machine. He also wanted the COMELEC to be transparent with their plans on the May 10 polls. Only three presidential candidates did not support the call for a parallel manual counting namely Senator Manny Villar (Nacionalist Party), Gilberto Teodoro ( Lakas-Kampi) and Richard Gordon. According to Senator Manny Villar, conducting the parallel manual counting on May 10 is too late for implementation because Election Day is fast approaching. He also stated that such proposal is already impossible and should have been pushed long before to ensure an honest and orderly election.
The COMELEC, on the other hand, has studied the proposals but according to COMELEC spokesman James Gimenez, the lack of time will make it impossible to execute. He also stated that a parallel manual count for 75,340 precincts is not easy and should be studied well. He also said that it has logistical and cost ramifications and personnel implications, and it’s a complicated thing. The COMELEC has been working around the clock for the poll preparations, and they are making sure they achieve their goal of having a credible election for everyone. The COMELEC also said that a parallel manual counting would no longer be necessary since a random manual audit is good enough. Malacañang has also supported the COMELEC against parallel manual counting stating that it would only result in chaos.
A Catholic priest and Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III and have both denied the authenticity of a document implying that Aquino suffered from clinical depression in the mid-1990′s.
There has been a “document” that includes a header of the Department of Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University’s which came up on the Internet last Thursday, April 8, 2010.
Base on the “document,” it states that during 1996, Noynoy Aquino, when he was still 36 years old, suffered a psychiatric evaluation.
The supposed document that was apparently signed by Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag, evaluated Aquino to be suffering from major depressive disorder, and recommended continuing therapy.
From the alleged document, a sister of Aquino also reported that she was even worried that he has been depressed for 10 days. It said that he has some problems with his speech and in concentrating, that results from his tensions which are related to work and his separation from his flight attendant girlfriend.
The document also states that during Aquino’s teenage years, he was able to do smoking, drinking, and use of marijuana, therefore, recommended that he undergo medication and psychotherapy sessions.
However, Noynoy Aquino said that the alleged document was a “work of fiction”.
He said that: “What they’re doing is that they came up with this work of fiction, I will respond and point out factual errors that are easily verifiable, thereby giving them the chance to, para bang may ‘editing’ of the work to make it sound more credible. So I’m in a position that there is a no-win situation, and the lack of attribution is already indicative of the fact that the person who made this fiction is aware that he is purporting fiction and is slanderous.”
Noynoy Aquino added that: “I am confident that there are a lot of people who have known me, they are people who, if they bother to read it, will find so many factual errors.”
Caluag also said with confidence that the said document was fake.
Fr. Carmelo “Tito” Caluag said that: “I have never been connected with the said department as the report claimed.” He said that during that time, he was the principal of the Ateneo de Manila High School and clarified that he is an educator by training and a priest by vocation.
Caluag further added that he is not experienced and proficient to make any kind of psychological assessment on anyone. However, he acknowledged that the signature on the document was similar to his, but said that it was just “pasted” on the report and it was the type of signature he would use to sign birthday cards sent to Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) alumni when he was still the university’s Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations from 2000 to 2005.
According to Caluag, he said he uses a different, “more formal” signature when signing official documents.
Caluag is presently the executive director of ABS-CBN’s 71 Dreams Foundation.
Also, according to Ateneo de Manila University psychology department, they comsider the so-called psychiatric evaluation on Noynoy Aquino to be false.
According to the department: “The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.”
The statement also confirmed that Caluag “is not a psychologist or psychiatrist and was never affiliated with the Psychology Department.”
1. Go to your voting precinct this coming May 10, 2010 and check your name. Bring your voter’s I.D. or any valid I.D. with your registration stub.
2. Present yourself to the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) to get a ballot.
3. Listen to the BEI’s instructions on how to properly fill up the ballot.
4. Receive the ballot. Make sure it is empty and unmarked on both sides.
5. Proceed to the voting area and fill up the ballot. Remember: Do not over vote.
6. Take your ballot to the counting machine and feed it into the machine. Wait for the confirmation message on the screen.
7. Return to the Board of Elections Inspectors (BEI) for the indelible inking.
Last August 5, 2009, Philippines four honor guards stood for more than 9 hours (snappy, straight, no food and water, no rest even through rainy day, bumps, dryness on the road and inclines) to escort Former President Cory Aquino’s remains from the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City, which is a 23 kilometer route. The four honor guards boarded the truck at past 11 a.m. when police generals, acting as pallbearers, carried Cory Aquino’s wooden casket out of the cathedral after the more than two-hour Requiem Mass.
They got off the truck past 8 p.m. when they reached Manila Memorial Park where the revered People Power heroine was laid to rest next to her martyred husband, former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. The honor guards were given the highest honor and commendation and a cash of 25,000 pesos each. What they did seem ordinary to us. But try standing up for hours on the truck without moving and you’d see how difficult it was. It’s harder than walking, it’s harder than running, stand in one position for eight hours is a very tough job, however, they quietly did their job.
Corazon “Cory” Aquino has been a great part of every Filipino people. We recognized her as a very strong woman with a good heart. She will always be remembered by all Filipino people. Everything about her will surely remain alive to our hearts. We give yo all the information that you need to know about the Philippines Former President Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino, so we will all understand and be aware what made this person special to all Filipino people. WE ALL LOVE YOU Madam CORY!
Full Text and details of 2009 Philippine 9th and final State of the Nation Address by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
at the House of Representatives Batasan Pambasa Complex, Diliman, Quezon City.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is wearing a purple terno was welcomed at Batasan by officials and delegates. She is escorted by Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile and Lower House speaker Prospero Nograles. After being greeted by applause lasting about half a minute, President Arroyo dedicated a prayer to former President Cory Aquino before commencing with her speech.
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