COMELEC ordered to submit itemized cost of Marcos protest
UNTV News • May 10, 2017 • 2959
MANILA — The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ordered the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to submit an itemized cost it may be required to pay under the automated elections.
This is for the election machines which will be kept by the poll body for the duration of the recount in relation to the election protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Meanwhile, Robredo asked the tribunal to strike out the motion filed by Marcos which sought to junk her counter-protest.
The high tribunal has set the case for preliminary conference on June 21. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday announced the temporary closure of its offices in various areas amid the surge of coronavirus disease cases.
In an advisory, Comelec said its main office in Intramuros as well as the offices of the Regional Election Director of the National Capital Region, and Regions IV-A and IV-B will be closed to the public “for extensive disinfection and decontamination.”
The temporary closure will take effect from August 3 to August 16, the poll body said.
Along with the office shutdown, the issuance of local and overseas voters’ certificates in the main office will also be temporarily suspended, Comelec said.
The poll body, however, said, its officers and employees will continue to perform their functions on a work-from-home basis.
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the courts in the country to temporarily suspend the issuance of commitment order for the transfer of convicted inmates from detention facilities to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
In a circular posted on the Supreme Court’s Twitter page, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said that all convicted persons deprived of liberty (PDL) who should have been transferred to the BuCor should remain in the facilities of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) from July 29 to August 31, 2020.
This is in line with the request of BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag to the Office of the Court Administrator to temporarily suspend the issuance of commitment orders to BuCor to prevent the further contamination of COVID-19 and to minimize the movement of inmates.
Both the BuCor and the BJMP have recorded cases of COVID-19 in their facilities with reported fatalities.
Detained persons awaiting or facing trials are placed under the custody of the BJMP while those convicted are under the BuCor.
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday expressed hope that the Supreme Court will resolve the questions on the legality of Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 based on the merits, and not the number and personalities behind lawsuits.
“All these petitions, no matter how many they are, will boil down to a common set of constitutional issues. The Supreme Court will resolve these issues on the merits of the arguments advanced by the parties concerned, and not on the basis of their number or personal or professional stature,” Guevarra said.
At least 16 petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court against the controversial measure which came into effect this month.
Among those who questioned the validity of the law were law professors and former officials of the Executive branch and retired Supreme Court Justices.
The petitioners questioned the vague and broad provisions of the law that may lead to arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement and malicious prosecution of innocent people.
Petitioners also urged the high court to declare the entire law unconstitutional and to stop its implementation.
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