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Comelec warns election candidates of disqualification for vote buying

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections has warned candidates in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections of possible disqualification if proven to have engaged in vote buying.

“They pick a place tapos lahat ng tao pinapapunta doon sa lugar na yun pagpasok walang dala paglabas bitbit na ang groceries or whatever,” Comelec Director James Jimenez said.

(They pick a place then send people there. They go inside empty-handed but come out carrying groceries or whatever.)

The poll body encourages the public to report any activity that violates the election code on the day of the election but discourages citizen arrest.

“That’s not something that we encourage because it would put people in harm’s way,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez assured that all reports or complaints will be properly investigated especially incidence of vote buying since it is easier nowadays to fabricate evidence.

“[If] you send us a picture or a small card that has a candidate’s name on it with a paper clip and P500, it doesn’t mean anything. Why? Anyone can make that,” he explained.

Comelec reminds candidates that under the Omnibus Election Code, vote buying or vote selling is considered an election offense. It prohibits offers or promises of “money or anything of value” or “gives or promises any office or employment, franchise or grant” in exchange of votes.

The law says any person found guilty of an election offense shall be punished with imprisonment of one to six years, shall be disqualified to hold public office and shall be deprived of the right of suffrage. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Bato eligible for police escorts after receiving death threats — PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police chief, PDG Oscar Albayalde said the PNP is ready to assign police escorts to its former chief, PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa despite his intention to run for Senate as he has allegedly been receiving death threats from drug lords.

Comelec has a ruling that candidates and private individuals are not allowed to have police escorts during election period.

Albayalde added that Dela Rosa is allowed to have two security details owing to his former position as chief of PNP.

He explained that based on PNP regulations, all retired generals who hold a two-star rank and higher are allowed to have two police escorts.

Should Dela Rosa wish to have more than two security details, he has to secure the President’s approval. — Lea Ylagan

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Koko Pimentel, Freddie Aguilar, Abner Afuang among first to file COCs

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

(L-R) Former Pagsanjan Mayor Abner Afuang, former Senate President Koko Pimentel, Music icon Freddie Aguilar

MANILA, Philippines — The early birds at the office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Intramuros Manila were filing their certificates of candidacy for the Senate race in 2019.

The first to arrive was former Senate president Koko Pimentel who is seeking reelection. He said decided to file early as he will be busy preparing for his wedding next week with partner, Kathyrna Yu.

“Ito po ang aming campaign color ng partido PDP Laban,” Pimentel said referring to his red shirt. “Pakiusap ko sa mga kapartido ko na pag nag-file o nagkampanya, dalhin ang color red. That is the revolutionary color. Ibig sabhihin nun, PDP entertains even radical ideas on how to solve our problems — out of the box solutions to problems,” he said.

Following Pimentel was musician Freddie Aguilar who said he was compelled to join the Senate race.

“Matagal na nila akong kinukubinsi dahil daw po sa aking mga advocacy sa mga kanta ko for 40 years,” Aguilar said. “Ang nagpapayag sa akin ay mga ordinaryong mamamayan lang po at sa kagustuhan ko pong tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago, pati ako na walang hilig sa pulitika ay tumakbo na rin para makatulong sa bayan natin.”

Third to arrive was former Pangasinan mayor Abner Afuang who first grabbed headlines in 2009 when he poured water on celebrity doctor Hayden Kho during a Senate probe on a sex video scandal.

“Sabi ko ayaw ko na ng pulitika; kultura pera. Ginawang political dynasty ng nga corrupt na official,” he ranted before members of the press.

Afuang’s COC was reported to have been rejected by Comelec because he used an outdated form. He said he will correct the error and file again. — Nel Maribojoc

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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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