MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is all set for the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on Thursday (October 11).
Comelec offices nationwide will begin accepting COCs from election candidates from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until the last day on October 17, except during weekends.
At Palacio del Gobernador, everything is set on the third floor where senatorial candidates may file their COCs and at the 8th floor where party-list representatives may process their applications.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said big names in the political scene are expected to show up but in different days before the deadline.
“Mag-spread out sila, so we expect that there will be major names on everyday of the filing kasi ayaw naman nilang mag- agawan ng eksena ika nga,” Jimenez said.
The poll body, however, appealed to election candidates to minimize the number of supporters who they wish to tag along on the day of their filing to maintain an orderly, safe and dignified process of COC filing.
Jimenez also reminds candidates that only a limited number of supporters will be allowed inside the Comelec main office building.
“Five including the senatorial candidate, so four plus one lang…Para sa partylist na magfa- file ng CONA nila or certificate of nomination bawa’t partylist ay sampung tao lang ang allowed sumama,” he explained.
After filing, candidates will be given time for media interview.
As always, the poll body reminds the voting public to make a wise decision in choosing a candidate to whom they will entrust their votes. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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:
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
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
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to come up with a final decision on the case of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema as a new petition has been filed before the poll body against his nomination as Duterte Youth representative.
Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday (June 17) filed a petition before the poll body to reject Cardema’s substitution bid.
Comelec First Division resumed hearing on Wednesday.
“Pangalawa na po ito at pirmado ng mga Abugadong si Atty Sixto Brillantes at si Atty Romulo Macalintal. Dahil dito may hearing po ang First Division,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said.
She added, “maaaring ma- consolidate o isasabay na ang pagdedesisyon sa mga kasong ito para mapadali ang pag- resolusyon.”
Guanzon also said that they will not release their final decision until the hearings on all the petitions against Cardema’s bid for a congressional seat.
Guanzon and Commissioner Luie Tito Guia also stressed that Cardema cannot assume the position as the representative of Duterte Youth because he and the party-list group were not able to comply with the submission of documents when they filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA).
The two Comelec officials added that Cardema is already past the required age of 30.
Under Republic Act 7941 or the Party-list System Act, youth party-list representatives must be within 25 and 30 age range.
Cardema’s camp, on the other hand, had earlier reiterated that Duterte Youth does not only represent the young people but also the young professionals that is why he is still qualified to sit as its first nominee. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban will come to a close as the election period ends tomorrow, (June 12).
This gives way for gun owners to carry firearms outside of their homes as long as they have the permit to do so.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more than six thousand violators of the gun ban since it was launched on January 13.
More than five thousand guns and close to fifty thousand deadly weapons were confiscated by the authorities.
PNP spokesperson PCol Bernard Banac said, “lahat ng mga ito ay nakalaboso at sinampahan ng kaukulang kaso. Doon naman sa mga pulis na lumabag ay meron po silang kinakaharap ngayon na kasong administratibo dahil sa paglabag sa ating mg alituntunin at patakaran [all of them were detained and were filed cases against. The police officers who violated (the gun ban), are now facing administrative cases for violating our rules and regulations].” (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
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