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64 candidates in 2019 elections apply for police escorts

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 03:08 PM


FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Several politicians vying for elections in 2019 have applied for police escorts, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to the PNP Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG), 64 candidates have already submitted their formal request to the agency following a number of ambush incidents against politicians in Batangas, Cavite and La Union.

Among those who asked for police escorts are three senators; 49 congressmen; 6 local chief executives; three former government officials and three private individuals running for the elections in May.

A total of 116 police escorts will be assigned to them once the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approves it.

“For those who will be running for elective positions, they have to reapply with the Comelec, so they have to download the requirements from Comelec website. Ang magiging role lang po ng PSPG is to certify that the personnel or a member of PSPG and the firearms are issued for the personnel of PSPG,” said PCSupt. Filmore Escobal, PSPG Director.

Escobal said they are expecting more applications in the coming days especially from areas with intense political rivalry.

“There are certain instances na merong intense political rivalry na nare-report in some areas, so ang security personnel ay isang preventive measures para ma-achieve natin yung goal natin na maging peaceful ang elections,“ he said.

Meanwhile, Escobal said all existing security escorts of incumbent politicians will remain.

The PSPG reminds politicians, however, to ask permission from the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) of the PNP and from Comelec should they wish to have additional escorts form the Protective Security Agency so as not to be associated with a private armed group. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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BOL referendum delays printing of ballots for 2019 midterm polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 10:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines — The printing of ballots for the 2019 midterm elections may possibly be re-scheduled, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Commissioner Sheriff Abas on Tuesday (January 22) said they are still prioritizing the completion of the official list of candidates for the elections.

The poll chief added that they have yet to release the list as there are still some cases that they have to decide upon.

Also, the agency is still waiting for the certificates of finality of the cases filed by some senatorial aspirants, such as Sergio Osme ña III and Senator Koko Pimentel.

“Pipilitin namin ngayong week, (We will try to finish it this week,)“ the Commissioner said.

“(Una) kasi may mga pending din kami. Pangalawa, tinitingnan din namin iyong kapag na-ratify kasi babawasan namin ang (bilang ng balota). (Kasi) naglagay kami sa ARMM ng portion sa balota. Halimbawa makita namin na pumabor na ang “yes,” tatanggalin na rin namin iyong ARMM na portion, (First, we still have pending (issues to address). We are waiting (for BOL to be ratified) to lower the number (of ballots). We included a portion for ARMM but in case the ‘yes’ votes win, we need to remove the ARMM part),” he added.

The schedule of the printing of the 61 million ballots for the May 13 elections was initially set on Sunday (January 20). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Senatorial aspirant wants Comelec to stop pre-election surveys

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:42 AM

FILE PHOTO: Atty. Larry Gadon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Atty. Larry Gadon, a senatorial aspirant, personally filed a petition on Monday (January 21) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against election surveys.

Gadon pleaded with the poll body to prohibit the release of election surveys as they seem to dictate the candidates whom voters should choose.

He added that surveys are not enough to measure the capability of candidates

“To stop Pulse Asia and SWS from publishing ‘mind conditioning’ surveys which are all being done for the purpose of manipulating the minds of our voters,” he argued.

They will now be sending summons to SWS and Pulse Asia for them to file an answer to the petition and it will be up to the Comelec also to schedule the necessary hearings,” explained his lawyer, Atty. Al Vitangcol.

Gadon is confident that he will win the senatorial race despite his low ratings in the surveys.

If you will just open my Facebook account and you will see there the videos from different places and different times where people would mob me in malls, in public places. Something which does not happen to other candidates,” he said.

In 2010, a similar petition was filed by then presidential candidate Sen. Richard Gordon but a Quezon City court dismissed the case. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Comelec: BOL plebiscite yields high voter turnout despite tensions

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 21 January 2019 06:02 PM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) lauded the high voter turnout in the first day of plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The plebiscite was held on Monday (January 21) in seven major areas in Mindanao namely Maguindanao, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and in the cities of Isabela and Cotabato City.

Despite a number of reported tensions erupting, Comelec Commissioner Atty. Antonio Kho Jr. said the overall conduct of the plebiscite was orderly and there were no major threats or violence recorded in participating areas.

“So far naman okay naman yung turnout natin sa mga areas covered by the plebiscite,” Kho said.

“We hope we can reach at least man lang majority ng turnout so that we could get some sentiments of our people whether they agree to be included sa pag-adopt doon sa batas sa BOL,” he added.

On the eve of the plebiscite, two grenade explosions were recorded in Cotabato City though the authorities said the incident might not be related to the the plebiscite.

“Ang tinitingnan natin of course possible na something personal and the other thing is pwedeng parang manakot. Although sabi ko nga kung mananakot ng tao probably sa labas dapat itinapon ito,” explained PNP Chief DG Oscar Albayalde.

Before the start of the voting, pro and anti BOL advocates briefly clashed at Cotabato City Institute due to alleged vote buying.

Despite this, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command and the Philippine National Police (PNP) observed the high turnout of voters even hours before the voting closed.

“As of today, none in my area na may umayaw na BEIs so therefore lahat ng BEI ay deployed teachers,” noted PCSupt. Emannuel Luis Licup, Director of PRO-9. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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