Comelec to probe on viral video of alleged pre-shading of ballots

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 16, 2019   •   2065

Courtesy: Kabataan Partylist Facebook page

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to probe the viral video showing the alleged “pre-shading” of ballots in Lanao del Sur.

According to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, the poll body will request the assistance of experts for forensic analysis. They will also seek the assistance of Facebook.

“Magre- request kami ng assistance from Facebook (We will request the assistance of Facebook) and perhaps refer it to the appropriate authorities for forensic analysis [but] we’re not dismissing it as fake. We’re not ready to make that determination yet. Alamin muna natin detalye ng video (We should first know the details of the video),” Jimenez said.

Comelec also calls on the video uploaders to come forward to expedite the process of investigation.

“We encourage whoever has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint. If it’s the original uploader themselves, then so much the better,” Jimenez adds.

However, Comelec cannot suspend the entire elections just because of speculations.

Meanwhile, the Board of Canvassers already tallied 114 Certificates of Canvass until 12:00 a.m.

Comelec offices in Intramuros, Regions 4A & 4B closed for disinfection until August 16

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday announced the temporary closure of its offices in various areas amid the surge of coronavirus disease cases.

In an advisory, Comelec said its main office in Intramuros as well as the offices of the Regional Election Director of the National Capital Region, and Regions IV-A and IV-B will be closed to the public “for extensive disinfection and decontamination.”

The temporary closure will take effect from August 3 to August 16, the poll body said.

Along with the office shutdown, the issuance of local and overseas voters’ certificates in the main office will also be temporarily suspended, Comelec said.

The poll body, however, said, its officers and employees will continue to perform their functions on a work-from-home basis.

For more information, Comelec said it may be reached through email at info@comelec.gov.ph.

Deped probes face mask-sharing incident at graduation rites in Camarines Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) has begun the investigation on the face mask-sharing incident at a graduation rite in Camarines Norte.

A video went viral on social media showing students sharing face masks during an informal graduation rites at a public elementary school in Daet, Camarines Norte. The video immediately received ire from concerned citizens saying it violates minimum health standards.

According to DepEd Usec. Jess Mateo the department has already asked the school head and the teacher involved to submit a written explanation regarding the incident.

“Pina-explain din namin in writing iyong guro kung ano ang mga pangyayari na roon (We asked the teacher to explain in writing about what happened during the incident),” he said.

He also added that the results of the investigation may be released by next week.

Meanwhile, the local Deped COVID-19 task force is currently monitoring the health status of the students involved in the incident. The department also reiterated that face-to-face graduation or moving-up rites are temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The department encourages schools to conduct virtual graduation rites to keep the students safe from getting infected by the virus. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Comelec suspends voter registration until March 31 due to COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the voter registration until March 31 amid the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country.

In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the suspension will begin on Tuesday, March 10.

“As a response to the growing threat to public health posed by COVID-19, voter registration has been suspended by the Comelec until the 31st of March 2020,” he said.

Jimenez said the suspension takes effect nationwide, encompassing voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in districts, cities, and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities.

“The public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19 infection,” he added.

The poll body opened the voter registration for the 2022 national elections last January. It was initially set to run until September 30, 2021.

As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a public health emergency amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The DOH also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirming the country’s first case of coronavirus local transmission.

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