10 face charges for entering AFP compound with loaded guns

admin   •   October 3, 2017   •   4656

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief (AFP-PAO) Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the 10 armed men who attempted to enter Camp Aguinaldo on Monday have no proper documents of exemption from the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) current gun ban.

“They were asked if they have guns, then outright they said they have. When they were requested to present their authority to present firearms or exemption from Comelec gun ban, they had nothing to show,” said Arevalo.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said that they have already filed multiple complaints against the violators.

“Illegal possession of firearms or PD 1866 as amended by R.A. 10591 and also City Ordinance 5121 or illegal possession of bladed weapons and also violation of Omnibus Election Code,” said Eleazar.

According to the supposed leader of the group identified as Daniel Pagalan who goes by the alias, “Kumander Walang Patawad”, they just wanted to talk to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

He said they want to secure accreditation as a group that fights off criminality.

“The truth is when we were in Davao, we passed through the 10th Division, they did not advise us. We offered the arms. We said, ‘Sir, we have loaded guns.’ We showed it to them. And they asked, ‘What department are you from?’ We said, ‘We’re from the Department of Intelligence, Sir.’ They said that for record purposes, we might get arrested, that’s why our trip was in good faith Ma’am, there’s no malice, ” said Pagalan.

The QCPD is conducting a thorough investigation to determine if someone ordered them to go to Camp Aguinaldo with firearms.

The armed men, who are members of the so-called ASEAN Anti-Communist League of the Philippines, were all wearing black shirts and were carrying two .45 caliber, three 9-mm, and ammunition. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Comelec to consider 1-week extension of voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it will discuss in the next management committee meeting the possibility of extending the voter registration for one week.

Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino on Friday (September 24) said they are considering the one-week extension for voter registration amid the clamor of Congress for  a one-month extension due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We decided in the next en banc we will treat the matter of the extension once again, upon consultations with the steering committee and other committees that will be affected by possible extension,” she said.

The House suffrage and electoral reforms committee swiftly approved on Friday a bill seeking to extend voter registration until October 31. The Senate on Wednesday (September 22) also approved on second reading a similar bill extending voter registration until October 31.

However, Ferolino said a month-long extension will be difficult for Comelec since it will affect other calendar activities, including the filing of certificate of candidacy.

“We will discuss this matter with our directors and personnel. The timelines are so tight, a one month extension would be very difficult,” she said. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

 

IATF lists COMELEC personnel, political aspirants as APORs ahead of candidacy filing in October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has included the officials and staff of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in the list of authorized persons outside of residences (APOR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this in preparation for the opening of the filing of certificate of candidacy period in October.

Also for the purposes of filing of certificates of nomination and certificates of acceptance of nomination for party-list groups and certification of nomination and acceptance of aspirants for May 2022 elections, the following have also been listed as APORs:

  • Chairperson/president or in their absence the secretary-general or authorized representative of the political party, sectoral party, organization or coalition participating under the party-list system of representation
  • Aspirants or their authorized representatives
  • Companions as authorized under COMELEC Resolution No. 10717 dated August 18
  • Comelec officials/personnel in connection with the submission of hard copies of the COCs and related documents/materials to the COMELEC main office as authorized under COMELEC resolution no. 10717

Under the current guidelines for the alert level system in the National Capital Region, only healthcare workers and returning and departing overseas Filipino workers are considered as APORs.

Roque said the decision was made during the IATF meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23.

The period for the filing of candidacy for the May 2022 elections will take place from October 1 to 8.

PNP chief orders cops to ensure orderly voter’s registration as deadline nears

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday directed police personnel to ensure the implementation of peace and order, and public health protocols in various sites as the deadline for the voter’s registration nears.

Eleazar issued the directive following reports of crowding and long lines in registration sites with only one week left before the registration closes.

He said police commanders should deploy enough number of personnel in various COMELEC registration sites to ensure the peaceful conduct of registration amid the threat of COVID-19.

Local police offices and units should also coordinate with local government units for the assistance they could provide once deployed in various registration sites.

The voter’s registration for the 2022 national and local elections is set to end on Sept. 30.

There have been calls and bills filed before the Congress to extend it until October, but the Comelec has yet to decide on the matter.

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