2016 elections

On Pacquiao’s “Comeback” Bout


TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Manny Pacquiao will challenge Jessie Vargas to regain the WBO Welterweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in Manila).

LAST APRIL 10, sports aficionados savored Manny Pacquiao’s “final” bout before his “retirement” after 18 years of professional career with eight world divisions in order to focus as a legislator but it sounds too good to be true as this Sunday, November 6 (Manila time), he will face Jessie Vargas but this time, under a different set-up and situation.

But before that, let’s go back where Pacquiao began briefly.



#TheFilipinoDecides2016: Election Day Broadcasting Insights

As of press time, it's three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

It’s three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

THIS MONDAY (MAY 9) is Judgment Day for the Republic of the Philippines: Election Day (E-Day). 54.4 million registered voters will take part and flock to the polling stations to cast the ballot on who will be the 16th President and his/her Vice President.

For Philippine television observers and recorders, this day will mark the biggest assessment and battle of broadcasting technology, set design, impartiality of their news delivery and coverage continuity for each participating network.


#TheFilipinoDecides2016: State of Absentee and Postal Voting

An AFP officer casts his vote in a makeshift ballot box.

An AFP officer casts his vote on a makeshift ballot box.

TODAY IS APRIL 8 — exactly 31 days left to Election Day (“E-Day”). However, a fraction of the registered electorate in the Philippines won’t be able to show up on their official precincts but don’t worry, they will cast their special ballots.

As we resume the #TheFilipinoDecides2016 series, we will tackle about absentee voting and postal voting.


#TheFilipinoDecides2016: MMK as a political springboard

THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD for national positions is just five days away but the Big 3 networks and CNN Philippines couldn’t stop airing politicians’ advertisements for a long time even before the filing of certificate of candidacies last October.

Netizens’ movement, such as the Anti-Epal movement, tried to pressurized the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to punish candidates from running the office on premature campaigning but sadly, the Constitutional Commission is too futile to stop them unilaterally or with their support.

With that circumstance, the poorest of the poor electorate — where the nation’s vote really counts the most — will be victims of persistent mind conditioning while the enlightened yet well-educated will find it indeed eternally embarrassing.

However, on this extraordinary post on Timow’s Turf #TheFilipinoDecides2016 series, we will discuss on one program of the network that made the remark as the “biggest blow” every election period: ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).


The Turf launches 2016 election series, opens for contributions

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THE FILING of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) is over but the official campaign period is not until February (for national positions) or March (for local ones), although they are doing it right now in order to secure such ambitious positions.

All mainstream VHF networks, except Media ng Bayan, are prepared for the coverage of the most exciting chapter of the nation’s history. The Turf is also prepared as well.

I proudly present to you, the Turf’s “The Filipino Decides” (#TFD2016).


This election series will last for mostly the first half of 2016 from the official campaign period until the inauguration of the new President.

Topics of the upcoming series will cover elements on the election cycle, insights of broadcasters and post-mortem analysis.


Aside from the #TFD2016 series, the Turf has good news to share with you.

The Turf is now ready for your contributions on Philippine Television. These will subject to proper review from the webmaster. Contributions, which have an existing WordPress account, will become a part of the Turf. Otherwise, if you don’t have a WP account, please send your piece through private message on the official Facebook page below with your name (pen name, if you want your name to be protected) and e-mail address (optional).

The Turf is ready, as well, for his contributions to other bloggers with contributions such as The Filipino Scribe, the Society of Honor or Chitetskoy Chronicles.

That being said, it is obvious that we will expect some politics throughout the series.

However, this saga will not affect in any way from the original intentions of the blog (i.e. insights of new shows or new seasons and other special coverage).

Stay tuned for Timow’s Turf on Reddit.

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[Sources: PCOS Machine (philstar.com) / Malacanang Palace (CNN Philippines) / Senate Building (megacities-go-services.com) / Batasang Pambansa Complex (Wikimedia Commons) and Index fingers marked with indelible ink (Coconuts Manila)]

Palace releases 2016 national holidays


MALACANANG PALACE has just released Wednesday, August 26, the national holidays for 2016. President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy) signed Proclamation 1105 (s. 2015) which listed ten legal holidays and nine special non-working holidays last Thursday, August 20.

Holidays at a glance

Legal holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1 (Friday)
  • Maundy Thursday: March 24
  • Good Friday: March 25
  • Araw ng Kagitingan: April 9 (Saturday)
  • Labor Day: May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day: June 12 (Sunday)
  • National Heroes’ Day: August 29 (Monday)
  • Bonifacio Day: November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Christmas Day: December 25 (Sunday)
  • Rizal Day: December 30 (Friday)

Special Non-working Holidays

  • Lunar (Chinese) New Year: February 8 (Monday)
  • EDSA People Power Anniversary: February 25 (Thursday)
  • Black Saturday: March 26
  • Ninoy Aquino Day: August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints’ Day: November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Additional non-working days
    • January 2 (Saturday)
    • October 31 (Monday)
    • December 24 (Saturday)
    • December 31 (Saturday)

Muslim Legal Holidays (tentative)

  • Eid’l Fitr: July 6 (Wednesday)
  • Eid’l Adha: September 13 (Tuesday)

Six long weekends

That being said, 2016 will, as explicitly inferred from the proclamation, six long weekends.

  • January 1-3 (3 days)
  • February 6-8 (3 days)
  • March 24-27 (4 days)
  • August 27-29 (3 days)
  • October 29-November (4 days)
  • December 30-January 1, 2017 (3 days)

Options to maximize your leave

This coming year, there will be four instances of filing your leaves. You may take it all or not:

  • The People Power Anniversary, normally a school holiday but elevated as a special non-working for it’s 30th anniversary this coming year, being a Thursday, will have an option to file a leave the following day, Friday, February 26, making a four-day weekend.
  • Bonfacio Day, being Wednesday in 2016, will have two options to file your leave. Either option to take two days leave before the holiday (November 28 & 29) or after (December 1 & 2) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date of Eid’l Fitr is confirmed by the incoming President, either option to take two days leave before the holiday (July 4 & 5) or after (July 7 & 8) will still enjoy 5 days of rest.
  • If the tentative date for Eid’l Adha is confirmed, file a leave on Monday, September 12 to enjoy four days of rest.

Other dates to remember

  • Valentines’ Day: February 14 (Sunday)
  • Mother’s Day: May 8 (Sunday)
  • Father’s Day: June 19 (Sunday)

No remedies for holidays falling on weekends

The recent proclamation would notice few holidays falling on weekends and most Filipinos are alarmed and should ask the President to declare the following day as a substitute holiday or implement Republic Act 9492 or the so-called “holiday economics,” signed by his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Section 1 of the said Republic Act, which amends the declaration of holidays on the Administrative Code of 1987 (Executive Order No. 292), dictates that unless modified by law, order or proclamation, the national holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday. (emphasis made by author)

In such application of the matter of law, PNoy did not violate the emphasized stipulation of the law despite of his rationalization to restore the holidays to their proper dates. Unlike the United States where their federal holidays, set on a fixed date falls on the weekend, the nearest weekday shall be observed. Here, the option lies on the sitting President. For now, he will rather have the proclamation untouched and will remain the commemoration as it is.

2016, the election year

For Filipinos, the coming year, 2016, is a presidential election year and when it comes to such event, they would consider the Election Day to be a holiday. The election, in accordance with the Constitution, will take place on the second Monday of May; in this case, May 9. The inauguration of the new President, also explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, will take place on June 30, a Thursday. Such confirmation of two events will lie upon the issuance of the incumbent and outgoing President within the coming year.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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