Comelec releases guidelines for in-person campaigning

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021   •   165

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections has released the guidelines for the conduct of in-person campaigns, rallies, conventions, motorcades, and miting de avance under the new normal in connection with the 2022 national and local elections.

Under the guidelines, the campaign period for president, vice president, senator, and party-list groups is from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

For members of the House of Representatives and other elective provincial, city, and municipal officials, campaigning will start on March 25 and will end on May 7, 2022.

The guidelines, however, said that the campaign period shall not include April 14 to 15, 2022 (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday), and the day before and after the election day.

All candidates and their campaign support staff who are of voting age and who will go out of their residence to participate in election campaigns shall be recognized as Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) during the campaign period, regardless of the alert level system and vaccination status.

Meanwhile, any person below 18 years old and over 65 and with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks are not allowed to take part in any campaign activities, subject to the prevailing Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) guidelines.

In Metro Manila and all areas under Alert Level 2, in-person campaigning is limited to the candidate or campaign leader accompanied by a maximum of five support staff.

For caucuses, meetings, conventions, rallies and miting de avance, the allowed number of participants is only up to 50% of the operational capacity of the venue, whether it is indoor or outdoor.

Comelec reminds all candidates and participants during election campaign activities shall, at all times, observe the minimum public health standards.

Candidates or his/her campaign teams are strictly prohibited from entering houses even with expressed permission of the homeowner; shaking hands and hugging or any physical contact, or taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities during in-person campaigns.

Restrictions in conventions, caucuses, meetings, rallies, and miting de avance also include shaking hands and hugging or any physical contact, or taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities, as well as distribution of food and drink, and all other goods or items.

Same restrictions apply in motorcades and caravans, with the addition of stopovers, layovers, and other similar stoppages for the conduct of other election campaign activities.

Comelec said violators of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years and shall not be subject to probation; and suffer disqualification to hold public officer and deprivation of the right of suffrage.

If the violator is a foreigner, he/she shall be sentenced to deportation which shall be enforced after the prison term has been served.

The guilty political party shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than Php10,000.00. —/mbmf

Mayor Isko to adopt Duterte in senatorial slate for 2022 polls

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

(L-R) Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso announced Monday (December 6) that he is ready to support the candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte in the senatorial race in the 2022 national and local elections.

In a press briefing in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Moreno said he is ready to adopt the president into the senatorial slate of the Aksyon Demokratiko party.

“I am going to vote for him personally and I am going to endorse him hopefully kung papayag siya, I’ll be honored. I’ll be humbled and honored na umoo si Pangulong Duterte. Nakuha ko nga siyang iboto, hindi ko pa ba siya makuhang i-adopt?” Moreno said.

Moreno said Duterte has undeniably proven his competence and capability as head of state, making him more qualified to be a senator. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Comelec faces backlash for denying application of 2 party-list groups

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has earned the ire of two party-list groups as the poll body rejected their applications for accreditation for the 2022 national and local elections.

The groups, Nurses United and Guardians, trooped in front of the Comelec office in Manila to question the poll body’s decision to deny their application.

The Comelec, in its ruling, said the group’s representation of its membership is erroneous.

The Nurses United accused the commission of being cold-hearted to the condition of Filipino workers in the health sector.

“Pinatay po nila yong pag-asa ng mga nurses at mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Pag-asa na magkaroon ng tunay na representante na manggagawang pangkalusugan sa loob ng kongeso. Sapagkat napakarami pong isyu na dapat matugunan sa usapin po ng ating manggagawang pangkalusugan,” said Maristela Abenojar, 1st nominee, NU Partylist.

The group’s motion for reconsideration was also denied by the poll body.

The group asked Comelec to provide them with a copy of the resolution of their denial.

Meanwhile, the group, Guardians, questioned Comelec for denying them the opportunity to make it to the list.

Based on the Comelec ruling, the group failed to prove that the majority of its membership are poor and are senior citizens.

The group pointed out that they have been assisting the government in disaster and relief operations, among others.

“Pinapakita lang namin na nandito kami. Kami yong sinasabi ninyong walang representation,” said Bong Contapay, Guardians Partylist 1st Nominee.

Since they failed in their appeal to the poll body, the group said they will be filing an appeal to the Supreme Court to have their application be reviewed and considered.

Meanwhile, based on Comelec Resolution No. 10735, to date, 152 registered party-list groups have made it to the list to be raffled a designated number come December 10.

On the other hand, 107 applications were denied; while 13 applications still await the final decision of the poll body.

The final list of party-list groups will be released 15 days after all the designation numbers are raffled off. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Prexy bets make usual rounds, use social media for day’s activities

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Three presidential candidates for the 2022 national and local elections made the rounds across the country on Friday, while the rest took to social media to lay down their election promises.

Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. made another visit to the vote-rich province, Cebu.

Here, members of the Businessmen ng Bayan Movement of the Philippines (BBMP) signified their support to his presidential run.

The group is composed of small-scale businessmen in Cebu.

Labor leader Leody de Guzman, meanwhile, went to Marikina City.

Here, joined the protest action of workers in a company that is based in the city.

Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso, on the other hand, did not have any out-of-town engagement and just stayed at the City Hall to personally receive the 6,600 pieces of Bariticitinib anti-COVID-19 tablets.

While other presidential bets did not have any public engagements Friday, they took to social media to post their activities for the day.

In his Facebook post, Senator Manny Pacquiao showed the possible housing projects he will implement should he become the president.

Such housing projects will be like that of free housing he did for the people of General Santos City and Saranggani province.

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson’s FB post said that providing sufficient funds for free public WIFI will remain in his platform of government should he become president.

He assured the people that he has enough experience in crafting and proper allocation of the national budget.

Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, focused her FB post on the issue in the West Philippine Sea.

Robredo insists that the issue is not just about the fishing sector but about all Filipinos. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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