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Comelec spox calls on politicians to spare dogs from politicking

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A photo of a dog with a campaign sticker on its body has gone viral on social media.

No less than Commission on Election (Comelec) Spokesperson Director James Jimenez posted the image on his Twitter account with the caption:

“Seriously. Isn’t it enough that politicking has already trashed the country you claim to love, you’ve got to harass dogs too?”

Netizens condemned what they claim as animal cruelty or a form of political gimmickry.

Jimenez did not mention any violation that corresponds the act but at the end of the caption, he called on the public to “Leave.Dogs.Alone.” – Marje Pelayo

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Lacson tells critics: I’m not posturing for 2022 polls

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday denied he is already posturing for the elections in the year 2022 amid his being active in Twitter.

“To those accusing me of posturing for 2022, I am not. I am just myself – mostly serious, sometimes funny, naughty, controversial, dull, boring,” he said in a post.

Lacson made the remark after his critics accused him of already preparing to run in the next polls with his recent statements against the actions of the Duterte administration.

The former Philippine National Police chief turned lawmaker first sought the presidency in 2004 but lost to President Gloria Arroyo. He attempted to run again in 2016 but he backed out and ran for a Senate seat instead.

Lacson explained to his followers why he enjoys using Twitter.

“I love Twitter. It makes me think, fact-check, google and learn. As of this hour, I have 22,218 followers; following 374; blocked 448,” he said.

As of posting, Lacson’s followers have increased to over 23,500. Since joining Twitter in February 2015, Lacson has so far made 821 tweets, followed 374 accounts and blocked 448.

On Saturday, the senator also gave a “sound advice” on how to deal with a basher that you can’t ignore.

“Insult him back hard enough. Give him what he deserves,” he said.

“Kill him by natural cause, or make his blood boil to suffer a stroke,” he added.

“Never mind if you’re dealing with a troll. For all you know, you’re hitting a real person,” he concluded.

Lacson has been using Twitter to share his thoughts and issue a statement on various issues. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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Comelec says voter registration to resume in August

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2019

Residents search for their names on the voters list

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday that the voter registration for the next election is expected to resume on August 1, 2019 and will run until September 30, 2019.

“Voter registration is expected to run Aug 1 to Sept 30, 2019, inclusive of Saturdays & holidays,”Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a post on Twitter.

Jimenez said approximately two million new voters are expected to register in the said period.

“SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) voters need not register anew upon turning eighteen; their names will automatically be transferred to the regular List of Voters,” he added.

Comelec data showed there were more than 61 million registered voters in the last 2019 May Midterm polls. More than 18 million of the said number are from the youth sector or the so-called Millennials and Generation Z, born in the mid-90s and early 2000s.

The poll body has been urging Filipino voters to go out and exercise their right to suffrage in order to elect honest and deserving officials.

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Youth groups stage protest vs Cardema’s congressional bid as Duterte Youth rep

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Youth groups congregated in front of the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to protest against the congressional bid of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema under the Duterte Youth party list.

Kabataan Partylist, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny and other youth groups voiced their opposition to Cardema’s bid and appeal to Comelec to junk the former official’s petition for a seat in Congress.

This, they say, will give Comelec the opportunity to prove that the last election was indeed fraud-free.

The group stressed that Cardema is not qualified to represent a youth group.

Comelec commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Luie Tito Guia had earlier stated Cardema cannot take a seat in Congress under the Duterte Youth party list for several grounds:

  1. that Cardema was not able to comply with the submission of documents when the Duterte Youth filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA); and
  2. that Cardema already past the age requirement of 30 for a youth representative

Comelec is yet to come up with a final decision. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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