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Manila bans Eucharistic election profiteering

MANILA (SE): The common practice of priests celebrating Masses for politicians at the launch of their campaigns and at other significant events has finally been banned by the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle.

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Priests prepare to swap their stoles for politics

MANILA (Mabuhay) : As the season for filing for candidacy for the thousands of political vacancies in The Philippines opens prior to each presidential and mid-term election, clerical politics take on a new meaning.

While the round of priests lobbying for pastoral plans in various dioceses continues as usual, there are always a few who want to take their political life into the secular realm as well. This year is no exception.

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Frustration simmers at election forum

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Just one week before the Overseas Absentee Voting registration season came to an end on October 31, a delegation from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), headed by the commissioner, Arthur Lim, held an open forum at the offices of the Philippine Consulate General in Admiralty on October 25.

In welcoming the guests and thanking them for their effort in coming to Hong Kong, vice consul, Charles Macaspac, described them as forming a high powered delegation.

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First deaths of 2016 election season

MANILA (UCAN) : The May 2016 election campaign season claimed its first victim on the day that filing for a certificate of candidacy opened on October 12.

The first murder was recorded in Tungawan in the southern Philippines and two more followed almost immediately.

The mayor of Tungawan, Randy Climaco, became the first to surrender his life during the current election period when he was murdered by unidentified gunmen on the opening day of the season.