The ANC Brief: Credibility of polls


Posted at May 16 2019 04:00 AM

There are more doubts about the credibility of the recent elections. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

'Meet me room'
While the Comelec insists the 2019 midterm election was not rigged, the Senate is set to conduct a probe on June 4. A veteran election lawyer said there is a “meet-me room” where votes are received from polling precincts before they are sent to the Comelec and the transparency server. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is calling on Comelec to stop the count until questions on the results are resolved. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon admitted that there may be a problem with the credibility of the elections. 

A party for party-list groups
Many groups winning seats through the party-list system have ties to government officials or are members of political dynasties. Does this conform to the true spirit of the party-list system?

Solons under scrutiny
The independence of the incoming Senate is being called into question. But senators said the independence of the Upper Chamber will not be compromised.

Slumping shares
Philippine shares struggle to recover from the backlash of the US-China trade war. The index diverged from other Asian markets which bounced back. Not even earnings were enough to prop up the market.

Rising star
Isko Moreno used to collect 'pagpag' as a boy in the slums of Tondo, in the city where he is now mayor-elect after Monday’s vote. Before he ascends to the top of city hall, we look back at the man’s humble yet determined beginnings.