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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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Ex-poll chief defends Comelec over fraud allegations

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Former Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes (third from the right)


PASAY CITY, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes and a poll watchdog engaged in a heated argument  on Monday (August 6) during a Senate inquiry on the alleged irregularities in the 2016 national elections.

Brillantes questioned the claims of Poll watchdog Tanggulang Demokrasya that the election was rigged citing an image presented by Atty. Glenn Chong, the accuser of the poll irregularities, on alleged selling of voters’ database in 2015.

“Ang nagbebenta po nito dating election officer ng Maragondon, Cavite ( A former election officer in Maragondon, Cavite is selling [voters’ database]),” said Chong.

But Brillantes urged the group to present more credible evidence to prove their claims.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III suggested that Comelec should investigate the matter as he has been receiving reports from different parts of the country about the alleged ballot selling.

“May mga nagbanggit sa akin, taga Nueva Ecija, taga Iloilo, na inaalok ng kung anu anong mga sistema na imbestigahan talaga ng Comelec iyan (People from Nueva Ecija and Iloilo have mentioned to me about different systems being offered that Comelec really should investigate.)  ,” Sotto said

Sotto said he will force the poll body to disclose its audit logs to determine the transmission activities involving the vote counting machines prior to the election day and to confirm if there was any irregularity that happened.

“The Office of the Senate President, thru the Committee will issue subpoena duces tecum,” he added.

The issue remained unresolved as there are still a lot of things that the Comelec should explain regarding the allegations, according to Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms Chairman Aquilino Pimentel III.

“Marami talagang pangyayari na dapat ipaliwanag ng Comelec (Comelec has a lot to explain). Some maybe glitch but still we need an explanation from the Comelec, bakit nangyayari ito (why these things are happening),” he said. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

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Comelec reminds voters to have biometrics to complete registration

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (COMELEC) field offices have begun receiving registration applications for the 2019 elections.

The poll body reminds voters especially first timers to ensure their information and complete their names when filling out their bio-data.

Most importantly, COMELEC Director and Spokesperson James Jimenez advised voters to accomplish the biometrics to be completely registered.

“Very important kailangan kayo magpa-biometrics. Meron tayo mga kababayan dahil mahaba ang pila, naulan, ipinagpapabukas ang biometrics. Tandaan ninyo kapag hindi nakapagpa-biometrics hindi kumpleto iyong inyong pagre-rehistro,” Jimenez explained.

(It’s very important to have your biometrics taken. Some people are easily disheartened by long queues and light rain that they keep delaying going for biometrics . Remember, your registration is not complete without your biometrics.)

COMELEC will also use as basis the biometrics of a voter to verify a voter’s legitimacy.

“Iyong biometrics po iyan iyong lilitratuhan kayo, kukunan ng digital image iyong inyong fingerprint and then pipirma kayo sa isang pressure pad para makuha ang digital image ng inyong pirma. Mahalaga iyan…Iyan ang ginagamit ng COMELEC para masiguro na iisa ka lang tao na ikaw sa ating database, na hindi pwedeng gayahin ang pangalan mo, hindi ka pwedeng magkaroon ng maraming rehistro. In other words para sigurong malinis ang ating list of voters,” he further noted.

(In biometrics, your photo will be taken; a digital image of your fingerprint will be taken and then you will sign on a pressure pad to get a digital image of your signature. That is important. It’s what COMELEC uses to ensure that you’re identity is unique in their database and no one can copy your name because you cannot have too many registrations. In other words, it is to clean up our list of voters.)

COMELEC is confident that voters will be compliant on the scheduled voters’ registration which will last until September 29, 2018. Their offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to five in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jimenez announced that voter’s ID will no longer be required during elections since the printing and issuance were suspended since 2012. This is a part of COMELEC ‘s compliance with Congress’ bill to implement a national ID system.

Until now, thousands of voters’ ID remain unclaimed in COMELEC field offices. —  Aiko Miguel

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SOCE filing deadline today, June 13 – Comelec

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – Today, June 13, is the last day for filing the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) of all candidates in the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminds all concerned to submit their respective SOCEs until this afternoon as the poll body will no longer provide an extension of filing.

The submission of SOCE is in accordance with Section 14 of R.A. 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections which requires all winning and losing candidates to file their respective SOCE 30 days after the election day.

Elected officials who fail to submit SOCE will be disqualified. – UNTV News & Rescue

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