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DILG orders barangays to submit report of SK expenditures for last year, sets March 15 deadline

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A Barangay election precinct

MANILA, Philippines — As preparation for the upcoming village and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on the 14th of May.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded all barangays to submit their report on where the funds of their respective SK councils went to last year.

The DILG said that the move aims to ensure that all funds for SK directly benefit the youth.

Based on the guidelines of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 10 percent of the general fund of barangays allotted to councils should be used for youth development and empowerment programs until new SK officials are elected.

The DILG has given barangays until March 15 to submit their respective reports. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Watchdog: Ex-FBI director Comey made ‘serious error’ in Clinton probe disclosures

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Former FBI director James Comey speaks about his book during an onstage interview with Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen at George University in Washington, U.S. April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Former FBI Director James Comey made a “serious error of judgment” when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said on Thursday (June 14).

The 500-page report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that Comey did not exhibit any political bias or try to influence the election.

However, it criticized him for violating Justice Department policies and accused him of usurping the authority of Attorney General Loretta Lynch when in July 2016 he announced there would be no charges against Clinton for her email use as secretary of state.

In addition, the report was highly critical of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI staff members who exchanged highly charged political messages, finding their texts cast a cloud over the FBI and created the appearance of bias. —Reuters

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SOCE filing deadline today, June 13 – Comelec

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines – Today, June 13, is the last day for filing the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) of all candidates in the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminds all concerned to submit their respective SOCEs until this afternoon as the poll body will no longer provide an extension of filing.

The submission of SOCE is in accordance with Section 14 of R.A. 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections which requires all winning and losing candidates to file their respective SOCE 30 days after the election day.

Elected officials who fail to submit SOCE will be disqualified. – UNTV News & Rescue

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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

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