Comelec targets to release resolution on disqualification case vs Marcos before Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021   •   311

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that it has concluded the preliminary conference on a petition that called for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. Friday afternoon.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said the poll body targets to release the resolution of the case before December 15.

Jimenez said the preliminary conference was conducted swiftly and each side of the petitioner and the respondent was given the opportunity to submit amendments or change their submitted argument or position.

“Ang pinaka general area na pinag-usapan ay, number one, yung statement of the issue in which both parties are given the opportunity to say ano yung formulation nung issue according to their own opinion based on their own appreciation of the case and then amendments and stipulations,” Jimenez said.

Based on the processes done on cancellation cases, the next step will be the submission of a memorandum or position of both parties in the case.

Jimenez, however, said that this will not yet happen as the poll body has to resolve two other pending issues first, such as the petition for intervention filed by the group of Atty. Howard Calleja, and the motion filed by the Marcos camp that seeks for the conduct of face-to-face oral arguments on the case.

“After the incidents are resolved then the Comelec will say how long it will give the parties to submit their respective memoranda,” Jimenez explained.

Jimenez, however, said the Second Division led by Commissioners Antonio Kho and Socorro Inting may possibly complete their resolution on the case before the release of the final list of candidates on December 15. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Cusi-led PDP-Laban wing asks COMELEC to reopen COC filing period, postpone printing of ballots

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to reopen the period for the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, the group said it has filed a petition urging the reopening of the COC filing as the poll body cannot yet print official ballots due to pending petitions.

The party filed the petition more than a month after the deadline for the COC filing lapsed on November 15.

“The party believes that the COMELEC should re-open and allow the filing of COC’s for National and Local candidates in view of the fact that it cannot, and should not, proceed with printing of ballots for the 2022 elections while several cases affecting candidates and party-lists are still pending before it”, said Atty. Melvin Matibag, Secretary General of PDP Laban said.

The PDP-Laban has no candidate for president in next year’s polls.

In its petition, the PDP-Laban wing said it did not have enough time “to remedy the political vacuum” that was created by the withdrawal of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s candidacy for president.

Dela Rosa’s candidacy appeared to be a last-minute decision of the group.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go initially filed his candidacy for vice president under the PDP-Laban but later ditched the bid after presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte filed her COC for vice president.

Go then filed his COC for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which is an ally of the PDP-Laban. Go, in the end, withdrew his election bid.

“We are asking the COMELEC to review its self-imposed deadlines in the interest of the electorate. This petition will benefit everyone and should be intently considered by the Commission,” he added.

COMELEC earlier said it is still resolving petitions, including the ones questioning the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.

The poll body is looking to finalize and release the official list of candidates for 2022 polls on January 7, 2022, and start the printing of ballots by January 12.

Disqualification case vs BBM tatalakayin sa Enero 7 – COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Nakatakdang dinggin ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) sa Enero 7, 2022 ang disqualification petition na inihain ng grupong Akbayan laban kay presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Ang disqualification case na inihain ng Akbayan noong Disyembre 2 ay isa lamang sa mga disqualification cases laban kay Marcos na layong patigilin ang dating senador mula sa paglahok sa presidential race para sa 2022 elections.

Giit ng petitioner, ang pagkaka-convict kay Marcos noong 1995 dahil sa umano’y paglabag sa National Internal Revenue Code ay sapat na dahilan upang huwag itong payagang tumakbo ito sa 2022 polls.

Ayon kay COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, papayagan ang media coverage sa loob ng limang minuto o hanggang bago ang marking ng exhibits gagawing pagdinig para sa interes ng publiko.

Presidential aspirants launch relief assistance to areas affected by Typhoon Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao has called on his fellow aspirants to join forces in extending assistance to areas affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

Pacquiao made the appeal through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, asking other candidates in the 2022 national elections to set aside politics and join together to help the typhoon victims.

Vice President Leni Robredo, in her reply via twitter, signified her support to Pacquiao’s call.

Pacquiao thanked the vice president and offered the cargo plane he chartered to bring assistance to those affected by Typhoon Odette.

The two candidates committed to having close coordination to implement the said activity.

Meanwhile, VP Robredo said she also personally lead in receiving in-kind donations and preparing the same for distribution to the typhoon victims.

“Para mas mapabilis ang pagkilos natin, nandito po ako ngayon sa ating Campaign Volunteer Center sa Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, which we will be converting into a relief hub. We also convened our operations center dito,” Robredo said.

“Starting today, puwede na pong mag-drop off ng mga in-kind donations dito,” she added.

Robredo also appealed for volunteers to help them in repacking the goods. Details of this, she said, will be posted on their official FB page.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Leody de Guzman also responded to Pacquiao’s call.

He volunteered his group to help in the distribution of the relief goods.

“Tama yun. Napapanahon yung ganyang panawagan. Yung maraming pera, yung may bilyon bilyon 3-5 billion na uubusin na eleksyon ay maganda yung kalahati niyan ibigay sa mga taga Mindanao dahil sa nangangailangan sila duon. Katulad ko at Rj nakahanda kami sa makinarya sa distribusyon ng kanilang ipamimigay,” de Guzman said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, said that should Senator Pacquiao made his appeal personal through private communication, he could have acquiesced and joined the call.

He said he will also send his reply privately and will offer his resources.

But since, Lacson said, the appeal was made through social media, responding to it will violate his principles, saying ‘calamity politics’ is the lowest form of campaigning.

“Since it was done through media – it goes against my principled belief that ‘calamity politics’ is the lowest form of campaigning. In fact, I consider it abominable,” Lacson said.

As in the past, he and his friends and supporters send help to those affected by calamities without media coverage.

“As in the past calamities, my Senate office, as well as friends and supporters, assisted without fanfare and without any media coverage. We did it in Cagayan Valley, and Bicol region, and some other areas hit by strong typhoons,” he said.

He emphasized that election or no election, his team is always ready to help.

For his part, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno asked the city council led by its Presiding officer Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna to hold a special session and pass a resolution to allocate funds to be used in sending help to families affected by Typhoon Odette.

“I have already asked the presiding officer of the City Council, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, to immediately hold a special session and a resolution be passed allocating a certain sum of money for the typhoon victims in the Visayas and Mindanao,” Mayor Isko said.

Moreno’s camp has also launched a donation drive and urged the participation of all who can help and coordinate with his office.

Meanwhile, the tandem of former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio used their volunteers in distributing relief goods in areas hit by Typhoon Odette.

The BBM-Sara Uniteam prepared relief packs containing 5 kilos of rice, canned goods, milk, and coffee.

On his Facebook page, Marcos thanked all who sent help to his office and their headquarters.

“Marami pong salamat sa lahat ng nagparating ng agarang tulong sa ating mga tanggapan at headquarters. Mahalagang maitawid ito sa ating mga kababayan sa lalong madaling panahon,” Marcos said.

“Ipakita natin ang pagbabayanihang Pilipino na siyang magbabangon sa atin mula anumang sakuna,” he added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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