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
PNP launches newest mobile app for public security
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) entered into a memorandum of agreement with a local mobile company in launching a new mobile application that would assist the public in times of emergencies.
“Samsung 321” is a mobile service application that provides users with a database of government institutions and facilities that can be contacted. The application uses global positioning system (GPS) to show the specific location of the target institution along with nearby landmarks and establishments on Google map.
The mobile app also provides contact information of the institution as well as national disaster hotlines. It covers 84 locations nationwide with Batangas, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, Palawan and the National Capital Region among others.
According to Director Napoleon Taas of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT,) the mobile application can also be used to report crimes. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
25 drug reformists graduate from Bahay Pagbabago
Bahay Pagbabago drug reformists
BULACAN, Philippines – A total of 25 drug surrenderers have successfully completed the three-month reformation program of the government at Bahay Pagbabago in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan.
During the three-month period, they were trained to do house chores, vegetable farming, solar lamp manufacturing and some livelihood programs facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Each of the reformists received a training certificate from TESDA and relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as gifts for their waiting relatives.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) advised the reformists to totally refrain from using illegal drugs and join the authorities in monitoring other drug surrenderers who are still under rehabilitation towards full recovery.
“Paulit-ulit naming inire-remind na sana tuloy tuloy na ang pagbabago natin. Alam ninyo ba na may mga mangilan-ngilan lang naman na naka-graduate na sa Bahay Pagbabago sa Region 3 na nahuli pa rin. Iyong iba nanlaban pa. Kaya sa amin lang tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago at huwag tayong tumulad sa kanila,” said PSupt. Froilan Uy, Chief of Baliuag Police. –
(We remind them time and again to follow through with the reform. Did you know that some Bahay Pagbabago graduates in Region 3 resumed the habit and got arrested? Some even resisted arrest. Do not end up like them. We encourage graduates to continue to change for the better.) Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue
Comelec: Vote buying tops election offenses in 2018 barangay, SK polls
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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) reported that the most prevalent election offense in the recently concluded barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election, May 14, was vote buying.
Comelec command center particularly noted the massive vote buying in the province of Aklan.
Authorities arrested a suspected vote buyer in possession of 10 envelopes, each containing a complete line up of candidates and enclosed with P300.
“Noong binuksan iyong bag, puno ng pera so that person was taken to the Task Force Office at pino-proseso na siya. Hinihintay namin na ma-submit ang pangalan ng involved for an election offense, Comelec Spokesperson Dante Jimenez said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) agreed that incidents of vote buying were rampant during the elections.
“In other parts of the country especially sa Region 4A. may naaresto diyan na walo because of vote buying activities – one in Lucena, in Calamba and Calauag…Isa recently suspected vote buying activity sa may Taguig,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
Aside from vote buying, the PNP also recorded a number of election offenses in some areas in Metro Manila and various provinces such as violation of the Comelec gun ban and liquor ban as well as harassments.
Comelec is encouraging the public to report such incidents to authorities so that appropriate actions can be taken against those responsible especially the involved candidates for election.
“File them directly sa Comelec so we can quickly act on those complaints,” said Acting Comelec Chair Al Parreno.
Based on the Omnibus Election Code, a candidate accused of vote buying cannot be automatically disqualified from election. However, once proven guilty of such and other election offenses, a newly elected official will be removed from office. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue