Comelec eyes limited face-to-face campaign

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021   •   212

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has yet to release official guidelines for the campaign in the 2022 national elections.

Comelec Commissioner Antonio Kho Jrsaid the agency will still allow physical campaigning. However, the Comelec commissioner said they will discourage physical interaction which would put the public and the candidates at risk.

“We will probably limit the number of people to attend, the time, as well as ang walang interaction, in the sense that magkaroon ang pagha-handshake, maghahawak ng babies, maghahalik ng mga babies. Idi-discourage na namin iyan,” he said.

(We will also limit interaction. We will discourage handshakes and holding and kissing babies.)

Comelec is also encouraging candidates to campaign using social media. It will also consider limiting the expenses in social media campaigns similar to campaign spending in broadcast advertisements.

The agency is also considering launching a website to accommodate candidates in their campaign activities.

“We will be strict on that matter especially we anticipate that this coming election, social media presence will be a major thing for campaigns. It’s a great equalizer probably for people, for candidates with less funding,” Kho said.

The campaign period for the national candidates will begin on February 8 until May 7, 2022, and that for local candidates will begin on March 27 until May 7, 2022.

Meanwhile, Comelec is also looking into setting schedules for candidates to file their certificates of candidacy in October to avoid crowding and mass gatherings in their office. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

Voter registration in COMELEC offices in Manila suspended until July 30

Robie de Guzman   •   July 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The voter registration in the city of Manila will be temporarily suspended for disinfection purposes, the Commission on Election (COMELEC) announced on Tuesday.

In an advisory, COMELEC said that its local offices for Districts 1 to 6 will be closed until July 30.

“Physical closure of the Offices of the Election Officer (OEOs), Districts 1 to 6, City of Manila from July 27 to 30, 2021 due to emergency disinfection,” the advisory read.

The voter registration will resume on August 2.

COMELEC offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voter registration is only allowed in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

The poll body, however, remains optimistic it can meet its 61 million conservative voter registration target before the registration period ends on September 30.

Pimentel hopes Comelec will intervene in squabble inside PDP-Laban

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Koko Pimentel expressed high hopes that the current conflict between two factions inside the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will be resolved through the intervention of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This is if the conflict within the party continues until the submission of sworn information and update statements (SIUS) listing the party’s current members and officers.

“The Comelec should have a procedure na on how to speedy resolve this. Pwede naman silang mag-trace back. Sino ba yung recognize namin na party, PDP-laban. Then step by step,” Pimentel, the party’s Executive Vice-Chairman said.

“Ngayon umatras sila. Doon sa nagke-claim na PDP Laban, umatras sila. Kung sino ngayon yung makaatras dun sa recognize ng Comelec, that should be their first choice,” Pimentel added.

For Senator Pimentel, emerging factions within the party are not new.

In November 2018, the Comelec ruled that Senator Pimentel’s faction is the duly authorized representative of the PDP-Laban against the rival faction led by lawyer Atty. Rogelio Garcia.

The camp of PDP-Laban’s Vice Chairman Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also expects the poll body to intervene and resolve the conflict.

“Kasi at the end of the day ang aming pagtatalo, sino ba ang magreresolba? Kung magtututuloy-tuloy ang pagtatalo? Ang Comelec,” noted Atty. Melvin Matibag, PDP-Laban’s Acting Secretary-General said.

Comelec’s ruling over the two factions is critical because whoever leads the PDP-Laban signs all documents for submission to the poll body, including the party’s official list of candidates for the 2022 National Elections.

Based on Comelec’s calendar, they have until August 15 to submit their SIUS.

But the faction of Secretary Cusi is determined to resolve the conflicts and prevent any split in the party.

“We will not allow that. Aayusin namin ang PDP-Laban. After the meeting tomorrow, I promise you, we will have a stronger PDP-Laban,” Matibag said.

“There might be legal questions but we have prepared for it in any forum,” he added.

Meanwhile, according to political science expert Professor Dennis Coronacion, if President Rodrigo Duterte suddenly decides to exit the PDP-Laban and join other political parties, his popularity will not be affected.

“Same pa rin yan. Actually kung titingnan natin yung mga political parties naman talaga, they don’t matter sa Philippine politics. They only matter because kinakailangan ng candidate ng affiliation. I think it’s required by the Comelec,” Coronacion said. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Comelec to set up satellite registration for PWDs in Navotas City on July 16

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a satellite registration for persons with disability (PWDs) in Navotas City on Friday (July 16).

The registration will be located at the Navoserve Office in Navotas City Hall Annex.

Registrants must be Filipino citizen who are not yet a registered voter, provided he/she possesses the following qualifications:

– At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections;
– A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections; and
– Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Documentary requirements include any of the following proof of identification:
-Philippine Identification Card (PhilID)
-Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
-Postal ID ;
-PWD Discount ID;
-Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
-Senior Citizen’s ID;
-Driver’s license;
-NBI clearance;
-Passport;
-SSS/GSIS ID;
-Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
-License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
-Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
-Any other valid ID.

In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he/she intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three applicants.

The Comelec said Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and Philippine National Police (PNP) clearance are not considered valid identification documents for purposes of registration.

Failure to present any of the above requirements, a person shall not be issued an application form, nor shall his/her pre-accomplished application form be accepted.

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