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Until now, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) cannot accept the reality that it has not complied with all the provisions of the AES law or RA 9369. Comelec officials believe that they handled the 2016 national and local elections (NLEs) successfully and that their AES provider, Smartmatic, did well. The…

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Onetime shot exclusive for The Manila Times   WASHINGTON: China suffered a significant setback this month in its bid for dominance in the South China Sea, and its leaders are following a familiar script after such reversals: they’re making angry statements but taking little action while they assess the situation.…

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Believe it or not, Republic Act (RA) 9369, or the Automated Election System (AES) Law, is the most neglected election-related act by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Section 37 of RA 9369 stipulates that the Comelec shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulation (IRR) for the implementation and enforcement of…

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On June 30, 2016, President RodrigoDuterte stressed in his inaugural speech, “I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to release.” A few days after, the Presidential Communications Office said that an Executive Order (EO)…

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One-time shot exclusive for The Manila Times WASHINGTON: Imagine a young Margaret Thatcher, a politician who deeply mistrusts the political establishment and identifies on a gut level with the frustrations of the middle class. That’s shorthand for what Britain will need as it picks up the pieces after Thursday’s “Brexit”…

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THE newly approved creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) through Republic Act (RA) 10844 is a welcome development in the landscape of public governance in the country. The DICT shall be the primary policy, planning, coordinating, implementing, and administrative entity of the executive branch of the…

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