Presidentiables put best foot forward in last PiliPinas 2016 debate

Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN NewsA group photo of the candidates: (From left) Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe and Mar Roxas. Photo by Jonathan Cellona,

For the last time before Filipinos cast their ballots on May 9, the five presidential candidates laid down their platforms and faced-off in the Luzon leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 on April 24, at the PHINMA-University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.

The United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) Jejomar Binay, the People's Reform Party's (PRP) Miriam Defensor-Santiago, PDP-Laban's Rodrigo Duterte, independent candidate Grace Poe, and Liberal Party (LP) bet Mar Roxas showcased their respective campaign machineries and supporters, who cheered them on as they bared the specifics of their plans for the country.

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Students join minds to craft a comprehensive youth agenda

youth agendaPolitical Science Department Chair Jorge V. Tigno shares important insights on democracy and elections to participants of the Youth Agenda seminar-workshop. Photo from UP Department of Political Science Facebook page.

This election season, it's time for a united Filipino youth to issue a clarion call to action on the most important issues that the country faces.

This was the idea that guided both the facilitators and participants of “The Youth’s Agenda for the Next Philippine Administration: A Seminar-Workshop”, held last April 4 at the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Audio-Visual Room of Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

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Indonesian embassy, ISDS, UP to hold forum on resolving electoral contests

forum pubmatThe Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies of the Philippines, and the UP Department of Political Science invite you to a “Forum on Electoral Contests Resolution in Indonesia and the Philippines” at the ASEAN Hall of UP Asian Center on April 13, 2016, 8:30 AM.

Speakers from the Indonesian Commission on Elections (Komisi Pemilihan Umum or KPU) Indonesian Constitutional Court, Philippine House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and COMELEC will discuss the best practices and experiences of Indonesia and the Philippines in resolving electoral contests. Dr. Aries Arugay of the UP Department of Political Science will serve as reactor.

The forum aims to explore issues encountered by these mechanisms in resolving electoral contests, and will take into account the differences in context in each state.

Bagatsing and Lim conciliatory, cordial in ‘Thrilla’ election forum

Candidates Bagatsing and Lim. Photo by Julius Ryan Umali.Candidates Bagatsing and Lim at the Thrilla in UP Manila II. Photo by Julius Ryan Umali.

Manila’s 5thdistrict Representative Amado Bagatsing and former Mayor and Senator Alfredo Lim who laid down their mayoral vision and platforms for the capital city in the “Thrilla in UP Manila Round 2” election forum held on April 6 at the University of the Philippines Manila.

Former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who was also invited to participate, did not attend the event.

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Presidential candidates lock horns in UP Cebu presidential debate


Four of the five presidential candidates—Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, independent candidate Senator Grace Poe, and former Secretary of Interior and Local Government Manuel “Mar” Roxas II—went head to head on pressing issues facing the country.

The fifth presidential candidate, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, was unable to attend the Presidential Debate due to health reasons.

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