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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:27 PM

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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Discovered cocaine in eastern seaboard, not a diversionary tactic —Albayalde

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:50 PM

Blocks of cocaine intercepted by authorities along the shores of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Quezon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde asserts that the cocaine blocks that were dumped and discovered in the eastern seaboard of the country is not a diversionary tactic.

The PNP Chief said the said blocks of cocaine were too expensive to just be thrown into the sea and be used as a diversionary tactic.

Albayalde added, “yung cocaine ay hindi masyadong pina-patronize dito sa Pilipinas [Cocaine is not popularly patronized in the Philippines], so I don’t see any diversionary tactics as of this time.”

This started when a student saw a block of cocaine along the coastline of Perez, Quezon on Tuesday (February 19).

The government has already recorded more than 90 kilos of cocaine valued at around half a billion pesos, all from what were recovered in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Camarines Norte and Quezon Province. — Maris Federez (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Ex-MMDA Chief Orbos to focus on livelihood, potable water, free wifi if he wins congressional bid

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 03:55 PM

Former Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos during his interview with Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

Former Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos has started to gear up for his bid as representative for the First Congressional District of Pangasinan.

In the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday, Orbos enumerated his platform if he wins in the May 2019 Midterm Elections.

As a neophyte candidate, Orbos admits that earning the confidence and support of the public will be a big challenge, prompting him to come up with what he believes as acceptable measures to help his would-be constituents.

These include the provision of livelihood programs, improved health services, and the installation of water system in the area as around 80 percent of the whole province of Pangasinan is without a source of potable drinking water.

He also promised to give attention on road work projects in the province, as well as, on the provision of free wifi for the district as he believes that this can be a big help for the residents in the area, especially, the youth in their studies.

“Kapag ako’y umupo, lahat ng baranggay lalagyan ko ng libreng wifi. Mura po, kayang kaya ng isang congressman na gawin yan (once I sit [in Congress] I will install wifi in all the barangays. And that’s a very inexpensive project. A congressman can do it),” Orbos explained.

As a former head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Orbos plans to propose the establishment of an integrated development agency that will be the government’s arm which will assist in the various projects in the provinces.

The said agency will follow the same approach of the MMDA and will be adopted in the provinces.

Orbos believes that the time for change for his province has come, and he hopes that he will be given the opportunity to serve his fellowmen in the first district of Pangasinan.

Orbos will be running against the incumbent Bolinao Mayor   Arnold Celeste for the post. — Maris Federez (with reports from Jona Nano)

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Comelec to issue violation notices this week over illegal campaign posters

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:01 AM

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been making rounds in Metro Manila documenting violations on campaign poster rules.

This week, the Comelec Education and Information Department (Comelec-EID) will be sending notices of violation to candidates who were found to have illegal campaign posters

“Katatapos lang iyong documentation namin. Sa ngayon hinahanda natin ang pagbabaklas, but at the same time hinahanda na rin iyong mga sulat doon sa mga kandidatong na-monitor natin na may malalaking billboard at malalaking poster,” said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

According to Jimenez, the most common violation of the senatorial candidates and party list groups is the posting of campaign posters outside the assigned common poster area.

“There are some places kung saan iyong palibot nung common poster area kung saan bawal, punong – puno ng poster. Pero iyong common poster area walang laman. That should tell you that the most common violation really is posting out of place,” he said.

Comelec said that most of the illegal campaign posters belong to local official candidates.

The poll body reminds candidates that although the campaign period for local officials will begin on March 29, they have to take down campaign posters that are in violation of election rules.

Election officers have already been directed on what to do with the offending posters.

“Iyong mga election officer para magtanggal ‘nung materials and then iyong regional director para mainfrom iyong candidates. Magkakaroon ng evaluation doon sa regional at sa local offices to determine kung nagkaroon ng compliance doon sa warning, sa sulat,” said Jimenez. — Aiko Miguel

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