Comelec reminds candidates to file up-to-date version of COC

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2018   •   4607


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminds election candidates to file the latest version of certificate of candidacy (COC) as the official filing opens on Thursday (October 11).

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said they want to ensure a peaceful, fast and orderly filing of the COC for individual candidates and the certificate of nomination as well as certificate of acceptance of nomination (CONA) for party-list.

For this reason, the poll body advised the candidates to double check their COC as the latest version may be downloaded from the agency’s website

Atty. France Arabe, Director 3 of the Education and Information Department of the poll body stressed that candidacy will be nullified if the candidate will not fill out the proper version of the COC.

Meanwhile, security remains tight at Palacio del Gobernador, Comelec’s main office building in Manila. Those entering the building are screened very carefully.

The agency makes sure that they implement strict rules on the number of candidates and supporters entering the Comelec building.

First to file their respective COCs were Senator Koko Pimental and singer Freddie Aguilar.

The former Senate president said he preferred an early filing because he will be busy preparing for his wedding with partner Kathrina Yu set next week.

He calls on his party-mates in PDP-Laban to wear red when filing their COC.

“Ito ang aming campaign color PDP-Laban. Pakiusap ko sa mga kapartido (ito) dahil ang red is the revolutionary color. PDP entertains radical ideas, out of the box solutions to problems,” he said.

Singer Freddie Aguilar, meanwhile, said he was moved by his advocacy songs and so he decided to run in the elections.

“Dahil po sa aking mga advocacy ng aking mga kanta for 40 years sa kagutuhan ko po ng pagbabago pati ako na walang hilig sa pulitika ay tumakbo na,” Aguilar said.

Meanwhile, former Pangasinan Mayor Abner Afuang, who was supposedly third to file at Palacio del Gobernador, needed to repeat the process because he used the old version of the COC.

The Comelec again reminds election candidates to make sure they input, with all honesty, all the necessary information into the proper and updated version of the COC to avoid hassles and delays in filing. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel and Nel Maribojoc)

Youth groups stage protest vs Cardema’s congressional bid as Duterte Youth rep

Maris Federez   •   June 19, 2019

Youth groups congregated in front of the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to protest against the congressional bid of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema under the Duterte Youth party list.

Kabataan Partylist, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny and other youth groups voiced their opposition to Cardema’s bid and appeal to Comelec to junk the former official’s petition for a seat in Congress.

This, they say, will give Comelec the opportunity to prove that the last election was indeed fraud-free.

The group stressed that Cardema is not qualified to represent a youth group.

Comelec commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Luie Tito Guia had earlier stated Cardema cannot take a seat in Congress under the Duterte Youth party list for several grounds:

  1. that Cardema was not able to comply with the submission of documents when the Duterte Youth filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA); and
  2. that Cardema already past the age requirement of 30 for a youth representative

Comelec is yet to come up with a final decision. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Comelec delays decision until petition vs Cardema is resolved

Maris Federez   •   June 19, 2019

Former National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Cardema

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to come up with a final decision on the case of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema as a new petition has been filed before the poll body against his nomination as Duterte Youth representative.

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday (June 17) filed a petition before the poll body to reject Cardema’s substitution bid.

Comelec First Division resumed hearing on Wednesday.  

“Pangalawa na po ito at pirmado ng mga Abugadong si Atty Sixto Brillantes at si Atty Romulo Macalintal. Dahil dito may hearing po ang First Division,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said.

She added, “maaaring ma- consolidate o isasabay na ang pagdedesisyon sa mga kasong ito para mapadali ang pag- resolusyon.”

Guanzon also said that they will not release their final decision until the hearings on all the petitions against Cardema’s bid for a congressional seat.

Guanzon and Commissioner Luie Tito Guia also stressed that Cardema cannot assume the position as the representative of Duterte Youth because he and the party-list group were not able to comply with the submission of documents when they filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA).

The two Comelec officials added that Cardema is already past the required age of 30.

Under Republic Act 7941 or the Party-list System Act, youth party-list representatives must be within 25 and 30 age range.

Cardema’s camp, on the other hand, had earlier reiterated that Duterte Youth does not only represent the young people but also the young professionals that is why he is still qualified to sit as its first nominee. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

PNP records 6,000 violators as election gun ban ends tomorrow

Maris Federez   •   June 11, 2019

Seized firearms from violators

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban will come to a close as the election period ends tomorrow, (June 12).

This gives way for gun owners to carry firearms outside of their homes as long as they have the permit to do so.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more than six thousand violators of the gun ban since it was launched on January 13.

More than five thousand guns and close to fifty thousand deadly weapons were confiscated by the authorities.

PNP spokesperson PCol Bernard Banac said, “lahat ng mga ito ay nakalaboso at sinampahan ng kaukulang kaso. Doon naman sa mga pulis na lumabag ay meron po silang kinakaharap ngayon na kasong administratibo dahil sa paglabag sa ating mg alituntunin at patakaran [all of them were detained and were filed cases against. The police officers who violated (the gun ban), are now facing administrative cases for violating our rules and regulations].” (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf


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