Emergency Hotlines: LANDLINE (+63) 2 911 – 8688

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

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Comelec: Vote buying tops election offenses in 2018 barangay, SK polls

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

(Photo by: PHOTOVILLE International)

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) reported that the most prevalent election offense in the recently concluded barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election, May 14, was vote buying.

Comelec command center particularly noted the massive vote buying in the province of Aklan.

Authorities arrested a suspected vote buyer in possession of 10 envelopes, each containing a complete line up of candidates and enclosed with P300.

“Noong binuksan iyong bag, puno ng pera so that person was taken to the Task Force Office at pino-proseso na siya. Hinihintay namin na ma-submit ang pangalan ng involved for an election offense, Comelec Spokesperson Dante Jimenez said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) agreed that incidents of vote buying were rampant during the elections.

“In other parts of the country especially sa Region 4A. may naaresto diyan na walo because of vote buying activities – one in Lucena, in Calamba and Calauag…Isa recently suspected vote buying activity sa may Taguig,” said PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.

Aside from vote buying, the PNP also recorded a number of election offenses in some areas in Metro Manila and various provinces such as violation of the Comelec gun ban and liquor ban as well as harassments.

Comelec is encouraging the public to report such incidents to authorities so that appropriate actions can be taken against those responsible especially the involved candidates for election.

“File them directly sa Comelec so we can quickly act on those complaints,” said Acting Comelec Chair Al Parreno.

Based on the Omnibus Election Code, a candidate accused of vote buying cannot be automatically disqualified from election. However, once proven guilty of such and other election offenses, a newly elected official will be removed from office. — Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

Tags: , ,

Construction works hamper election in Bagong Silang, Caloocan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

 

A drone shot of the country’s largest barangay, Bagong Silang in Caloocan City

 

CALOOCAN CITY, Philippines – Voters in the country’s largest barangay, Bagong Silang, Caloocan, struggled to get things done during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday, May 14.

During the first hours of the election, inquiries bombarded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) help desks at Bagong Silang Elementary School, the barangay’s main polling center, as eager voters line up to clarify their precinct numbers and search for their missing names.

As expected, senior citizens were the most affected by the process; though their determination did not waver.

 “Hanggat may kaya (As long as I am able),” said 78-year old voter Emiia Samin

 “Simula kay Marcos wala akong palya ng pagboto (Since the time of Marcos I have never failed to vote),” said another senior citizen, 74-year old Adelaida Belardo

 Barangay Bagong Silang has a population of at least 300,000 based on 2015 National Census. It has 92,000 registered voters on the voter’s list that’s why 170 public teachers, with some from nearby barangays Gabriela and Sto. Nino, rendered services in full force in today’s election.

Dr. Nimpa Narcise, the school’s principal said only two teachers did not report to their election duties due to health concerns.

Narcise admitted the construction of a new school building caused delays in the overall election process.

“Ang iba pong mga botante ay medyo nahirapan silang hanapin dahil may mga construction nga po tayo ng building (Some voters had a hard time locating it because of the construction works on a new building.) ,” Narcise said.

 Nevertheless, the school management assured that voters were provided with guide map and services by active help desk officers for assistance. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Tags: , ,

Comelec absolves 7 individuals in Lucena City of alleged vote buying

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

 

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Lucena absolved seven individuals suspected of vote buying in Barangay Dalahican on Sunday, May 13.

The agency said they have no strong evidence that the individuals were paying for votes though authorities seized nine envelopes with P200 bills each from one of the individuals’ bag. – Japhet Cablaida | UNTV News & Rescue

Tags: ,