Comelec: Final list of candidates to be out in December

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2018   •   14248

MANILA, Philippines – The period of filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections has just concluded.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they will immediately start the evaluation of the COCs as they need to screen thousands of them to include those from different parts of the country.

“We expect to have that information out by December…by tomorrow we expect na magdadatingan ang mga filing from different provinces so we will start the evaluation process right away. Pero since napakarami ng nag-file sa atin, we have thousands of COCs literally to go through. Again, by December, matatapos natin iyan,” said Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.

Overall, the poll body received a total of 152 COCs for the senatorial race and 185 certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA) at the Comelec Main office in Manila.

Jimenez said generally the five-day period of filing the COCs was peaceful except for some problems like filers using the old version of the COC and the lax in security during the filing of former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

The poll body, however, clarified that there was no standoff.

“We investigated on the event for what happened, it turns out that there were other people who joined the entourage or the companions so it appeared that there were too many companions of one candidate when in fact these were companions drawn from various other candidacies,” Jimenez explained.

“I speak for the Commission comfortably and with confidence when I say that the Commission will always be fair and transparent in our dealings with the candidates,” he added.

The poll body also reminded all candidates that they can submit substitution for candidacy only until November 29, 2018.

“Ang voluntary withdrawal pwedeng samahan iyan ng substitution of candidate. Kailangan lamang, kapartido mo ang magsa-substitute para sa iyo. Hanggang November 29 iyan. After Novermber 29, involuntary withdrawal na lang ang allowed,” the Comelec spokesperson said.

The Comelec is expected to issue the final list by December 15, 2018.

The poll body also wants to make it clear that the campaign period for the senatorial candidates and party-list groups will be from February 12 to May 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, those running for a seat in the House of Representatives may only start campaigning on May 11, 2019.

In accordance with Resolution No. 10429, election period is set on January 13 until July 12, 2019 in which gun ban will also take effect.

Finally, election day will be on May 13, 2019, a Monday,

As always, the Comelec reminds the voting public to use their right to suffrage wisely.

“Hindi pa natin alam ang final list pero may idea na kayo kung sino ang dapat nating pag-aralan ang plataporma, ang ikinikilos sa gobyerno, sa pakikitungo sa tao. Dapat magdesisyon tayo ng tama para tama rin ang iboboto natin,” Jimenez concluded — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Comelec’s nationwide gun ban to take effect Jan. 13

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Coinciding with the start of the election period, the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) nationwide implementation of the gun ban also takes effect on Sunday (January 13).

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), all gun owners’ Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) will be temporarily suspended on the course of the election period.

This means, only those with gun ban exemption coming from the poll body will be allowed to carry their respective firearms.

 PNP-FEO Director PCSupt. Val de Leon warned violators of possible charges of illegal possession of firearms and violations of the Omnibus Election Code.

“Ipinagbabawal ang paglipat ng employees under civil service rules at tsaka yung permit to carry is suspended. However, the movements of controlled chemicals, firearms and permit to carry is allowed if the Comelec grants exemptions,” De Leon said.

De Leon clarified that a gun owner does not have the liberty to carry his or her firearm while the gun ban exemption is on process.

“That is subject for confiscation and corresponding cases will be filed. You already enjoy carrying of firearms kung under process ka. Paano kung na-deny?” he said.

Meanwhile, De Leon advised the public to expect more checkpoints across the country.

He added that a legitimate checkpoint is situated in a well-lit area, manned by a PNP official, a Comelec representative and well-uniformed cops with proper ID. It should also have a proper signage.

Checkpoint police can only do plain view inspection. They cannot ask motorists to open the door and trunk of the vehicle.

The PNP, meanwhile, advised motorists to turn off the headlight, open the inner light of the car and lower down the window shield when at a checkpoint area. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Paolo Duterte to run for 1st District of Davao City

Marje Pelayo   •   October 12, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Presidential son and former Davao City Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte | PVI/Cerilo Ebrano


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Former Vice Mayor and presidential son Paolo “Pulong” Duterte filed on Friday (October 12) his certificate of candidacy (COC) for a congressional seat in 2019 mid-term polls.

He was accompanied by his sister, Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio and brother-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio.

Pulong said his decision was a result of months of discussion within his family.

“Iyan ang napagdesisyonan namin ng pamilya sa ilang buwan naming pagpaplano ng politika. Iyon nga nadesisyonan namin na sa 1st District ako,” he explained.

The former vice mayor believes he still has the support if his constituents even after the controversy that surrounded his name that led to his resignation.

 “Of course nandyan naman lahat. Nandyan ang pamilya, nandyan ang mga supporters na tutulong sa atin kung bibigyan ng pagkakataon na maging congressman ng 1st district,” Pulong added.

Pulong said he is ready to face the challenge of being a lawmaker in the Lower House of Congress.

President Rodrigo Duterte in a previous interview admitted Paolo has not made any move to consult him on his political plans.

 “Frankly, I haven’t talked to my son for the longest time. He has his own family, maybe he finds few opportunities for me to talk to him. Alam mo naman ako, I commute Manila-Davao frequently and only because my residence is here…I expect him as a son to come to me and say, ‘Pa gusto kong tatakbo.’ Kasi alam mo, anak ko e,” the President said.

Paolo Duterte resigned in December 25, 2017 after he was implicated in the controversial P6.4B-worth of shabu shipment deal in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and his inappropriate behavior on social media during a word war with his own daughter Isabelle.

Meanwhile, though she has not filed her candidacy yet, Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte confirmed she will seek reelection in 2019.

“Yes. I already announced a few weeks ago that I intend to run and be reelected as Mayor of Davao City…I feel na this is where I should be and this is where I can help best the administration of President Duterte,” the lady mayor said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Special registration starts for the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Marje Pelayo   •   September 11, 2018


MINDANAO, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) has kicked off on Tuesday (September 11) the special satellite registration in areas involved in the plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Nine registration teams from the Comelec main office were sent to 19 venues in the municipalities of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao Del Norte and North Cotabato.

The special registration will run from September 11 to 13.

Those who already registered for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and for the May 13, 2019 national polls are no longer required to reregister.

The plebiscite is set on January 21, 2019 in the entire province of Lanao Del Norte (except Iligan City) and in all barangays in six municipalities in North Cotabato in order to ratify Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law. – UNTV News and Rescue




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