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Comelec to hold special registration for PWD on July 20

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold special offsite registration for persons with disability (PWD) in Region 1 on Friday (July 20).

The registration will be set up in covered courts in the municipalities of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aside from new registrants, Comelec will also open reactivation of voters’ registration, correction of entry and reinstatement of records.

The said voters’ registration is part of the poll body’s preparations for the May 2019 national and local elections. It runs from June 2 to September 29, 2018. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Comelec admits lax security during SAP Bong Go’s filing of COC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President interact with their supporters after the latter files his certificate of candidacy for his senatorial bid before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila on October 15, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been under fire since the controversial filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) of Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday (October 15).

Around two dozen of Go’s supporters stormed the third floor of Palacio del Gobernador to include some members of the Cabinet and President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

Adding to the crowd were members of the Presidential Security Group which obviously were there to secure the President’s safety.

Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez admitted that somehow a “special allowance” or special treatment was given to Go’s entourage.

Jimenez said the Comelec staff seemed to have been overwhelmed by the president’s security personnel that restrictions were inadvertently relaxed, that was why even the supporters of the President on the 8th floor were able to get in.

Jimenez argued that if they held the supporters of Go, the situation might jeopardize the order inside the filing area as well as the safety of the President.

The Comelec has launched an investigation on the matter to know at which part of the process did the Comelec fail to observe the proper protocol inside the filing area. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Nuisance or not? Comelec notes ‘too early to say’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

 

2016 nuisance candidate Romeo John Ygonia a.k.a “Archanghel Lucifer” | Image grabbed from Archangel Lucifer for President Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is still premature to declare if a political aspirant is nuisance until the filing period is completely over.

Also, the poll body needs to screen all the filed certificates of candidacy (COC) before it identifies who among them are considered nuisance candidates.

“It has to be preceded by a hearing. Kaya kailangan after the filing of certificates of candidacy isa sa pagdadanan ng Law Department ay magre- rekomenda siya ng moto proprio (at) kakasuhan ng Comelec na nuisance,” explained Director James Jimenez, the Comelec spokesperson.

Based on the Omnibus Election Code, the poll body may only file a verified petition to declare a candidate as nuisance five days from the last day of filing of COC.

An election candidate is considered a nuisance under the Section 69 of the Omnibus Election Code if:

  • he or she has the intent to make mockery of the election process;
  • he or she has no bona fide intention or good faith to run in the election;
  • he or she has causes confusion to the voting public through the similarity of his or her name to other registered candidates.

In 2016, the Comelec declared 120 candidates for national positions nuisance.

One of them was Allan Carreon who filed his candidacy for president posing himself as an “intergalactic space ambassador” able to talk to aliens.

Another one was Rizalito David, also a presidential candidate, who was disowned by Kapatiran party under which he filed to run saying it did not field anyone for the national elections. The poll body also found David incapable of financing his campaign.

Other nuisance candidates were Romeo John Ygonia a.k.a “Archanghel Lucifer”; Marita Arilla, a retired teacher who wanted to turn the Philippines into a monarchy for God; and retired policeman Romeo Plasquita who said he was running to get the attention of the government so that he can finally receive his alleged pending five year’s worth of pension as a retiree.

As for the 2019 elections, some previously declared nuisance candidates appeared in the Comelec office today to pursue their dream of public office.

Christian Castro who filed for Senator said his platform is simple: “Piso mula sa puso,” which he claimed is an old advocacy that needs to be revived.

Delfin “King Salam” Tagean, who poses himself as a royal blood, claiming to be the legitimate claimant of the Spratlys Island.

Daniel Martina who tried several times to run for senator said he will advocate Pinoy Rock and he even has this message to Kris Aquino:

“Kris Aquino, kung nanunuod ka ngayon umiibig pa rin ako sa iyo…Eleksyon na naman!” he said.

Last for the first day of filing was Agi Tuana who said she will fight for the rights of banana vendors.

Though the Comelec said it is still too early to judge those who filed for candidacy, the agency assured that candidates will be given time to justify their capabilities before they are declared nuisance.

What is important at this point, Jimenez said, is not money but that genuine intention to serve and present a clear platform in order to gain the votes of the public.

“This not about money. Money is one way to conduct a nationwide campaign but it is not the only way…A person can have less money than someone else and yet be better suited to run a national campaign because you have supporters,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel and Nel Maribojoc)

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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

 

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 www.comelec.gov.ph.

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)

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