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COMELEC releases calendar of activities in line with the May 2018 barangay and SK elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released a new calendar of activities for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections that will be held on the 14th of May this year.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10-26, the election period will begin on the 14th and will end on the 21st of May.

A gun ban will also take effect during the said period.

Candidates can file their certificates of candidacy from April 14 to 20, while the campaign period will begin on the 4th of May and will end on the 12th of the same month.

Campaigning will be prohibited on May 13, the day before the election.

On the day of voting, polling precincts will open at seven in the morning until three in the afternoon. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Bataan LGU readies power failure measures for canvassing of BKSE votes

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

Emergency lights on standby in case of power failure during the canvassing of votes.


BATAAN, Philippines – The local government of Limay together with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is ready to impose emergency measures in case power lines are cut during the canvassing of votes for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls Monday, May 14.

“Sa apat na lugar ay mayroon kaming automatic generators. Sa walang generator mayroon kaming emergency lights na ibibigay,” said Rosalinda Atienza, the municipal treasurer.

(We have automatic generators in four areas.  In areas without generators we will provide emergency lights.)

Atienza also assured that they have provided service vehicles for watchers and the electoral board of canvassers assigned in remote polling places. They will be accompanied by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the safe conduct of canvassing.

Overall, there are 483 teachers serving 161 clustered precincts in 12 barangays in Limay.

Limay, Bataan alone has 50,169 registered voters while the entire province of Bataan has 689, 083 registered voters. — Alfredo Ocampo | UNTV News & Rescue



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Baguio City activates express lanes for senior citizens, PWDs, pregnant women

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

Senior citizens searching for their polling precincts

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has activated express lanes in polling areas to cater to senior citizens, persons with disability (PWDs) and pregnant voters Monday, May 14, for the conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

According to Baguio City Election Officer John Paul Martin, a total of 58 precincts were designated with priority lanes in the city.

“Approach the board of election tellers at bibigyan sila ng express lane,” he said.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are in place to secure the voters and conduct of the election.

Comelec reminds the voting public that polling precincts will close at exactly 3:00p.m.

Baguio City has a total of 154,914 registered voters expected to flock in polling areas this election day. — Grace Doctolero | UNTV News & Rescue

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15 government, elected officials arrested over violation of Comelec gun ban

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested a total of 1,118 individuals since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban took effect on April 14.

A large number of arrests involved civilians at 1,043; of which 24 were security guards; 15 were government and elected officials; six soldiers; six policemen and 10 members of threat groups.

PNP Directorate for Operations PCSupt. Ma-O Aplasca said they are intensifying operations in all checkpoints across the country especially in areas with high presence of threat groups.

“PNP has created a national task force to ensure the forthcoming election is safe and secure…We are going to deploy 163,000 personnel nationwide,” he said.

So far, authorities have seized over 600 firearms and gun replicas and a number of bladed weapons, grenades, IEDs and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the PNP has recorded 24 election-related deaths. Only three from the 76 suspects have been arrested.

According to PNP Spokesman Police Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said police personnel are on standby to serve as board of election tellers (BET) in the absence of duty teachers especially in areas with high political tension.

“In ARMM meron nang personnel doon. Who have undergone training already,” the PNP spokesperson assured. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


Arrests in line with Comelec Gun Ban (PNP)

Civilian                                       1,043
PNP                                                     6
AFP                                                     6
Government/elected officials      15
Other LEA                                         3
BJMP                                                  1
Security Guard                               24
CAFGU                                               5
Foreign national                               2
Threath Group                                10
PAGS                                                   3

TOTAL                                          1,118


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