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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG orders barangays to submit report of SK expenditures for last year, sets March 15 deadline

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A Barangay election precinct

MANILA, Philippines — As preparation for the upcoming village and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on the 14th of May.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded all barangays to submit their report on where the funds of their respective SK councils went to last year.

The DILG said that the move aims to ensure that all funds for SK directly benefit the youth.

Based on the guidelines of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 10 percent of the general fund of barangays allotted to councils should be used for youth development and empowerment programs until new SK officials are elected.

The DILG has given barangays until March 15 to submit their respective reports. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr challenges Stop and Go Coalition to create cheap but quality passenger jeepney

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

DOTr Usec. for Road Transport Orbos and Stop and Go Coalition Pres. Magno debated on the issue involving the administration’s jeepney modernization program.

MANILA, Philippines —Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Road Transport Thomas Orbos and the president of the transport group Stop and Go Coalition Jun Magno faced off in the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”.

They debated on the issue involving the administration’s jeepney modernization program.

Magno has once again insisted that old passenger jeepneys should just be rehabilitated since it is more affordable than buying a new unit which is worth a million pesos.

In response, Undersecretary Orbos dares the president of the transport group to create a modern jeepney that could be sold at a cheaper price.

“Kung mapapatunayan po nila talagang yung kanilang lumang sasakyan i-coconvert nila lahat magko-comply pati yung height, pati yung likod, pati po yung fleet management system, lahat na po yan bakit hindi natin tignan,” said Orbos.

(If they can prove that their old jeepneys can be converted and can comply, including its height, its back, and its fleet management system, all of that, we might look at it.)

“Kuya Daniel put it in black and white, gagawin namin yan,” said Magno.

(Kuya Daniel,  put it in black and white. We will do it.)

“Gusto ko kasi matutukan to mula doon sa umpisa kukuha tayo ng karagkarag na jeep yung pinakabulok na nakukuha natin sa daan o kaya yung isa sa mga nahuli nyo siguro,” said Razon.

(What I want is to focus on this from the start. We will get a dilapidated jeep, the most dilapidated one, or a unit you apprehended on the road.)

However, the DOTr insisted that the jeepney unit the Stop and Go Coalition would produce should be compliant with the safety standards and specifications of the government’s PUV modernization program.

The modernization program’s requirements include the installation of GPS, dash cams, CCTV’s, as well as wider and more comfortable seats, automated fare collection system and euro-4 engines.

It requires that jeepney units’ entrance should be at the side of the driver and must have a PWD friendly design.

Other transport groups previously insisted on rehabilitating their old jeepneys instead of buying new units.

This is despite the 80,000 pesos worth of subsidy the government vows to provide to jeepney drivers and operators.

Under the financing program, those who would avail will have to pay a six percent interest rate that they can pay for up to seven years.

The DOTr gives Magno 30 to 45 days to do the dare.

The program, “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”, meanwhile, will strictly monitor its development. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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