Senate orders arrest of ex-poll chief Andres Bautista over hidden wealth

admin   •   February 13, 2018   •   4235

FILE PHOTO – Ex-poll chief Andres Bautista

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies decides to cite in contempt former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

“Directing that the chairman be arrested and deliver to the Senate if and when he arrives,” said the committee’s chair Sen. Francis Escudero.

The committee also asked the Senate president to issue a warrant of arrest against the former poll chief after he failed to attend for the third time the Senate’s hearing on his alleged ill-gotten wealth.

“Maliwanag na iniiwasan niya ang proseso ng pagdinig (It’s clear that he is avoiding the process of the hearing),” said Escudero.

In a letter he sent to the Senate, Bautista explained that he did not receive any subpoena from the Senate and that he learned of the invitation only from the media.

Bautista claimed he is currently abroad and is suffering various health concerns due to hypertension.

However, the Senate committee doubts Bautista’s explanation. Based on the records of the Bureau of Immigration gathered by the committee, Bautista left the country on October 28, 2017, and returned on November 1st of the same year.

Escudero dared Bautista to sign a waiver that would allow the committee to examine his bank accounts.

Bautista’s wife also calls on the former poll chief to face and answer all the issues.

“You know out of respect for the Senate please appear because that the least you can do, answer the questions that are people are asking,” said Patricia Bautista, and estranged wife of ex-poll chief.

Based on the allegation of Mrs. Patricia Bautista, the former Comelec chief has 35 accounts in the Luzon Development Bank, reaching a total amount of 329-million pesos. The amount is contrary to his declared assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN). — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

Teachers group calls on Comelec to provide proper compensation during elections

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist is asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for compensation raise and safety and welfare measures for the service of teachers during the 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the teachers’ group said they wrote a letter addressed to Comelec to request for an “online dialogue to discuss its proposals for ensuring ‘just compensation, safety, and the overall well-being’ of poll workers in the precinct level, majority of whom being public school teachers.”

The group proposed an honorarium of P10,000 for the chairperson, P9,000 for members, P8,000 for Department of Education Supervisor Officials (DESO), and P7,000 for the staff.

ACT also pressed for a P2,500 food allowance and a P3,000 transportation allowance for those assigned within the city proper and P5,000 for those in remote areas.

ACT Secretary-General Raymond Basilio said public school teachers have complained over unjust compensation and inhumane treatment of poll workers. Several of them rendered over 24 hours of service during the previous election.

Basilio also noted that with the effects of the pandemic, Comelec should also ensure the health and safety of the poll workers.

“They are the backbone and front liners of every election, and the government must exhaust measures to guarantee they are being subjected to a fair labor environment and granted proper compensation,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Comelec resumes issuance of voter’s certification on May 10

Marje Pelayo   •   May 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec)  will resume the issuance of voter’s certification on Monday (May 10) in its head office in Intramuros, Manila.

In a statement, Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said: “Registered voters nationwide may apply for a voter’s certification from Mondays to Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. at the Comelec’s National Central File Division (NCFD) satellite office, located at the back of Chowking in FEMI Building, Extension Cabildo Street cor A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila.”

The public is advised that application for the issuance of voter certification are by appointment only.

Likewise, the no face mask, no face shield policy  is strictly imposed within the Comelec premises to ensure the safety of the public, “even while the NCR (National Capital Region) Plus remains under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.”

Here are the steps on how to apply for a voter’s certification:

1. Set an appointment via the Facebook page of the Comelec-NCFD accessible through this link:(bit.ly/NCFDFBPage)

2. Go to bit.ly/OnlineVoterCertificationApplication and fill out the online voter certification request form. Clicking “submit” will automatically forward the completed form to the Comelec.

3. An appointment confirmation slip will be emailed by Comelec to the applicant. The applicant should print out the appointment slip.

4. Go to the Comelec-NCFD satellite office on the appointed date and time. Present the appointment slip and other documentary requirements. Proceed to payment and await release of the voter’s certification.

On the day of the appointment, the Comelec reminded the public on the following:
1. At the Comelec-NCFD satellite office, present one valid ID. Submit a photocopy of the same ID.

2. Pay the P75 fee.

3. An authorized representative bearing an authorization letter may transact on behalf of the applicant. The representative must have a valid ID and a photocopy of the same ID.

The Comelec also noted that the “voter’s certification is free of charge for senior citizens, persons with disability, members of Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Cultural Communities, and solo parents.”

Voter registration in NCR Plus, other MECQ areas remain suspended — Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The voter registration and voter’s certification remain suspended in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus and other areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced.

In an advisory on Sunday, Comelec said the voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification in the NCR Plus remain suspended from May 1 to 14.

The National Capital Region and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively called NCR Plus – are under extended MECQ until May 14.

The areas of Santiago City in Isabela, Abra, and Quirino were placed under MECQ until May 31.

Comelec said voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification will also be suspended in the same period.

“For the duration of the MECQ in NCR Plus and other areas, the Comelec Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) in Intramuros, Manila will be attending exclusively to voter registration applicants with urgent travel needs,” the poll body said.

The poll body further said that voter registration and issuance of voter’s certification in the rest of the country under general community quarantine or modified GCQ will be open from Mondays to Thursdays.

COMELEC said OFOV may be reached via its official social media account, email address, and contact numbers +639050341558 or +639518759882.

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