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By Marvin Sy
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
It would have been a moment of truth for their supporters and the public, but yesterday’s much-awaited opening of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s account with supposedly millions of pesos in bank deposits – in response to a...
By Edith Regalado
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Former mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio did not mince words when she described Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as “gung-gung”  (stupid) for his effort to cast doubt on the credibility of her father, presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo...
By Aurea Calica
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
President Aquino met yesterday with Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo Manalo to talk about his vision and “political appeals” even as the religious group denied having made an endorsement of a presidential candidate.
By Danessa Rivera
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
A few days before the May 9 elections, oil companies again implemented hefty price increases on all fuel products, as global crude prices jumped during last week’s trading.
By Paolo Romero
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. must explain to the public the source of his wealth, a non-government organization said yesterday.
By Ghio Ong
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
The camp of businessman Kim Wong pledged to continue cooperating with authorities in returning parts of the $81-million stolen from the central bank of Bangladesh and transferred to banks and casinos in the Philippines.
By Alexis Romero
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II yesterday accused rival bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of using “legal maneuverings” to hide the truth about his bank accounts.
By Rainier Allan Ronda
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago now wants the death penalty re-imposed following rampant criminality in the streets and thievery in government.
By Mike Frialde
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Former senator Richard Gordon yesterday said he has fears over how the May 9 polls would turn out, as he promised to probe why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to fully implement the automated election law if he gets...
By Evelyn Macairan
Updated Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00am
Presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay and former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II and 15 senatorial candidates yesterday vowed not to use guns, goons and gold in the remaining days of the campaign period.
  • Duterte supporters gathered outside the Bank of the Philippine Islands Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City yesterday. BOY SANTOS
    No records opened at bank ‘face-off’
  • Front-running Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte answers questions from the media following his meeting with some politicians who shifted political support to his camp Friday, April 29, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte is facing another controversy after allegedly failing to declare his P211 million 2014 bank deposits as required by law. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
    ‘If we wanted to hide properties, why put them under our name?’
  • The INC supported President Aquino and his then runningmate Mar Roxas in the 2010 elections. File photo
    Noy meets with INC head
  • This week’s fuel price increase was pinned on hopes that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC members will still implement an output freeze, Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada said in a briefing yesterday. Philstar.com/File Photo
    Major oil price hike before polls
  • In a telephone interview, Bonifacio Ilagan, Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang spokesman, said based on his 2014 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, Sen. Bongbong Marcos has a net worth of P509.7 million. Bongbongmarcos.com
    Bongbong urged: Explain source of wealth
  • Toby Purisima, businessman Kim Wong’s lawyer, said his client “will continue to cooperate with all agencies, with all bodies, with the legal process as committed from the beginning.” Senate PRiB photo, file
    Wong to return more laundered money
  • “You can run, Mayor Duterte, but you cannot hide from the truth. You can use all the legal maneuverings to sidestep the issue but the truth will come out. The Filipino nation will not go for a liar and a thief,” Mar Roxas said in a press briefing at the LP headquarters in Quezon City. Philstar.com/File photos
    Roxas to Duterte: You can’t hide from the truth
  • Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago remains optimistic on her chances in the presidential race despite the “commercial survey firms,” which she said were in a conspiracy with her rivals to force her to withdraw. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
    Miriam wants death penalty re-imposed
  • Former senator Richard Gordon answers questions during a roundtable with STAR editors and reporters at the STAR office in Manila yesterday. GEREMY PINTOLO
    Gordon worried about election turnout
  • Presidential candidates Vice President Jejomar Binay, second from left, and Mar Roxas, second from right, shake hands as they pose with Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, right, and Rev.Fr. Anton Pascual, shortly after signing the covenant for "truthful, responsible, upright, transparent, and honest" elections on May 9, at the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines Monday, May 2, 2016. Binay and Roxas are almost "statistical tie" in recent poll surveys behind front-runner Rodrigo Duterte and Grace Poe. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
    Bets sign TRUTH Covenant

With the national elections being one of the most hotly contested in recent years, politicians seeking the highest posts in the country have been meeting with religious leaders that have considerable clout over their followers.

Just recently, Executive Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name endorsed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the presidency.

Presidential bets have also paid courtesy calls to Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, in an effort to seek the endorsement of the religious group that practices bloc voting.

Is it acceptable for religious groups to endorse national candidates during elections?

 

Critics of the Philippines's Republic Act 1405 or the Bank Secrecy Law said it is among the strictest in the world, even making it difficult for authorities to go after money laundering suspects and crooks. The law, however, was passed for a reason. It aims to protect depositors from inquiring government agencies and ill-willed individuals.

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