DILG reminds aspirants, supporters: Political rallies still not allowed

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021   •   189

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday told political aspirants, parties, and their supporters that political rallies are still prohibited amid the persisting threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the newly discovered variant, Omicron.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that special gatherings will only be allowed if permitted by the local government unit concerned and all public health protocols are strictly observed.

“Bawal pa po ang mga political rally. Hindi pa po campaign period. We have been seeing candidates, both national and local, staging political rallies here and there which gather hundreds if not thousands of people. Hindi pa po tapos ang pandemya. Parating pa ang Omicron variant,” he said.

“We cannot put our guard down. The Omicron variant has already reached many countries and it’s only a matter of time before it reaches us,” he added.

The DILG chief appealed to candidates, political parties, and their supporters nationwide to refrain from holding political rallies that will gather massive crowd, as this may become super-spreader events especially when health protocols are compromised.

Año stressed that only caravans and motorcades were given the green light because there is physical distancing and these are usually held for a limited time only.

They are also held in open areas where the possibility of the transmission of the coronavirus is small.

“Nakamonitor ang mga kapulisan sa mga caravan or motorcade at sinisiguro nila na may physical distancing, hindi katulad sa mga political rally na mahirap ikontrol ang mga tao,” he said.

“There is a time for everything and now is not the time to gather a huge number of people. Let’s wait for the campaign period. We are fortunate na bumababa ang kaso sa ating bansa but this is not the time to push our luck. COVID-19 is still here and we can’t be complacent,” he added.

The Commission on Elections said the official campaign period for the 2022 elections begins on February 8, 2022 for national candidates, and March 25, 2022 for local bets, including the position of Members of the House of Representatives.

COMELEC releases ballot face for 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday released the final ballot face for the May 2022 national and local elections.

The ballot contains the names of 10 presidential aspirants and nine vice presidential bets. It also includes the names of 64 senatorial candidates.

The presidential aspirants included in the final ballot face are listed in the following order:

  • Abella, Ernie
  • De Guzman, Leody
  • Domagoso, Isko Moreno
  • Gonzales, Norberto
  • Lacson, Ping
  • Mangondato, Faisal
  • Marcos, Bongbong
  • Montemayor, Jose Jr.
  • Pacquiao, Manny Pacman
  • Robredo, Leni

The names of vice presidential bets included in the ballot are the following:

  • Atienza, Lito
  • Bello, Walden
  • David, Rizalito
  • Duterte, Sara
  • Lopez, Manny SD
  • Ong, Doc Willie
  • Pangilinan, Kiko
  • Serapio, Carlos
  • Sotto, Vicente Tito

The final ballot face also includes 178 party-list groups.

Ballot faces for other areas have also been uploaded by the COMELEC on its website.

Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.

In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.

“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.

“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.

The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”

It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”

Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.

While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.

It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.

 

BBM-Sara Duterte tandem bares senatorial slate

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The UniTeam ticket of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has disclosed the list of senatorial candidates they will be supporting for the 2022 elections.

In a statement, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their lineup will include the following personalities:

– Rep. Rodante Marcoleta

– Atty. Larry Gadon

– Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri

– Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

– Rep. Loren Legarda

– Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

– Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

– Former Defense Sec.Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

– Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista

– Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian

Rodriguez said the list “represents a mixture of seasoned and political personalities who have excelled in their respective endeavors.”

 

 

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