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Comelec resets COC filing to Oct. 11 to 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reset the schedule of filing the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 national and local elections.

Instead of doing it on October 1 to 5, the poll body moved the schedule to October 11 to 17, excluding weekends.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, however, stressed that there will be no extension of filing hours on the last day of filing.  – UNTV News and Rescue

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Comelec checkpoints yield 83 arrests, 82 seized firearms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Three days into the election period, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints have already arrested 83 individuals.

They include violators of the gun ban from whom authorities have confiscated 82 firearms.

Number of fatalities remains at five after said casualties attempted to dodge the checkpoints and chose to engage the police in a gunfight.

“These are obviously crime suspects,” said Philippine National Police spokesperson PCSupt. Benigno Durana Jr.

“They evaded Comelec checkpoint operations and they decided to shoot it out with our law enforcers rather than feasibly yield to the rule-of law. So, obviously these are criminals,” he added. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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18 cities, municipalities remain in election watch list — Comelec

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Voters passing outside of the polling precinct in Pilot Elementary School, Buluan, Maguindanao, 13 May 2013. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Eighteen (18) cities and municipalities across the country are placed under the Commission on Election (Comelec) election watch list areas (EWAS) as of January 14.

Philippine National Police (PNP) DG Oscar Albayalde explained that an area is placed under Comelec watch in the event of intense political rivalry or severe violence related to the conduct of the election.

The PNP Chief said they will augment their forces on the ground specifically to EWAS to maintain peace and order and closely monitor any untoward incident in line with the upcoming polls.

The PNP will also conduct a series of police operations together with a special operations task group (SOTG) also under the poll body. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

The following are the places considered election watch list areas (EWAS) nationwide:

  1. Sudipen, La Union
  2. Balaoan Town, La Union
  3. Jones, Isabela
  4. Lemery, Batangas
  5. Roxas, Oriental Mindoro
  6. Balud, Masbate
  7. Dimasalang, Masbate
  8. Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur
  9. Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental
  10. Hadji Mohammad Ajul, Basilan
  11. Lantawan, Basilan
  12. Tipo-Tipo, Basilan
  13. Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur
  14. Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao Del Sur
  15. Mamasapano, Maguindanao
  16. Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao
  17. Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao
  18. Datu Unsay, Maguindanao

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Comelec approves 20 petitions to join plebiscite for landmark BOL ratification

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the petition of 20 local government units (LGUs) to join plebiscite that will ratify the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Comelec said that the LGUs have submitted the required documents.

Twenty-four (24) applications were not approved by the poll body due to insufficient documents and non-observance of guidelines for the plebiscite.

“Iyong una itatanong natin kung ratified ba itong BOL, kapag na-rectify iyan, ang epekto niyan magkakaroon ng Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and then second, elections sa February. Ang itatanong sang-ayon ba kayo na itong lugar na ito ay isasali sa Bagnsamoro Autonomous Region,” said Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.

The plebiscite for Bangsamoro Basic Law is set this month. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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