Comelec launches walkathon event to promote voter registration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021   •   184

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to launch an event that aims to encourage Filipinos to register in the upcoming 2022 National Elections.

The activity entitled, ‘Walkah Walkah: #MagparehistroKa Voter Education Campaign will see Comelec officials and personnel ride and walk for voter registration on February 26.

During the event, motorcycle riders will take off from Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila and will proceed to Mindanao Avenue corner Quirino Highway in Quezon City.

From there, Comelec officials including Spokesperson James Jimenez will lead the walkathon towards Gawad Kalinga Village in Quezon City. Other participants include barangay leaders and other election stakeholders.

Participants will hand out flyers to invite the public to register and inform them about the new protocols amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Comelec, meanwhile, assures health and safety protocols will be implemented. There will also be COVID-19 marshalls that will monitor and ensure these protocols are followed.-AAC

‘Run Sara Run’ banners not considered electoral offense, Comelec says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.

“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.

The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.

The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.

She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Robredo: Hindi ang Pangulo ang magdedesisyon kung qualified ako o hindi

Freema Gloria   •   February 17, 2021

“Hindi naman siya ang magdedesisyon kung qualified ako o hindi, pero iyong taumbayan iyong magdedesisyon.”

Ito ang sagot ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa panibagong pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte laban sa kanya na hindi siya karapat-dapat na maging pangulo ng bansa.

Ipinahayag ito ng bise presidente sa isang press conference noong Martes nang gabi matapos i-dismiss ng Korte Suprema ang electoral protest ng dating senador na si Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos laban sa kanya.

Sinabi pa ni Robredo, nakalulungkot isipin na sa kabila ng hangarin niyang makatulong sa pamahalaan ay puro panlalait at pang-iinsulto ang kanyang inaabot mula sa pangulo.

Matatandaang binatikos ni Duterte ang naging pahayag ni Robredo tungkol sa nais ng pangulo na pagbayarin ang Estados Unidos kapalit ng pagpapatuloy ng Visiting Forces Agreement sa bansa.

“Kaya ikaw, Ma’am. I’m sorry to say you are not really qualified to run for president. You do not know your role in this government”, pahayag ni Duterte sa isinagawang public address noong Lunes ng gabi.

Sa kabila nito, tiniyak ni Robredo na hindi siya magpapaapekto sa mga patutsadang ito ng pangulo.

Ipinagtanggol naman ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ang pangulo na sinabing may karapatan si Pangulong Duterte na sabihin ito dahil naranasan na niyang maging presidente ng bansa.

“Tama po yan. Yan ay desisyon ng taumbayan. Pero kabahagi po ng taumbayan ay ang presidente na siya ay boboto rin at dahil siya ay naging presidente alam niya yung mga kakayahan na kinakailangan para maging isang presidente at ang kanyang naging assessment na sumatutal, hindi po angkop na maging presidente ang ating bise presidente.”

Samantala, kinumpirma ng tagapagsalita ni dating senador Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos na si Atty. Vic Rodriguez na tatakbo sa 2022 National Elections si Marcos

Ngunit hindi naman binanggit ni Rodriguez kung anong posisyon ito. Ang dating senador na lamang aniya ang mag-aanunsyo ng kanyang mga plano sa darating na halalan.

Extended hours for voter registration effective Feb. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Election (Comelec) has extended voter registration hours across the country.

In a statement, the poll body said all its offices will accept registrations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays.

The new schedule, which takes effect Monday (February 15) until the end of September this year, aims at encouraging more Filipinos to register and vote in 2022.

“The designated disinfection day will be moved from Fridays to Mondays in addition to daily disinfection measures being conducted,” the agency said on Sunday (February 14).

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