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DILG reminds public of gun ban, prohibited activities during May local polls

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Confiscated guns were piled up on the table.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now cooperating with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in implementing gun ban and other prohibited activities during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May.

The gun ban will coincide with the election period which runs from April 14 to May 21, 2018.

The DILG reminds the public that betting on election results, collection of funds through dance competitions, gambling, and cockfights are prohibited. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec intensifies campaign vs vote buying as 2019 election nears

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is busy with its preparations for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

Aside from this, Comelec reminded the public to vote wisely and warned candidates against vote buying.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said they have coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other groups to keep an eye on said election offense.

Comelec admitted that the battle against vote buying is a tough challenge, however, their work becomes easier with reports that help identify those who are engaged in vote buying.

“Vote buying remains a problem but over the last two elections. We’ve been making advances dahil nakikipag-ugnayan tayo sa PNP and sa mga local groups ngayon ang pinanggagalingan ng reports na nakukuha natin,” said Jimenez.

Comelec explained that cash is not the sole means to buy a person’s vote.

In the previous elections, offers ranged from livestock, vegetables, sacks of rice, and grocery items.

Jimenez said a few cash is not worth handing the country’s management over to corrupt officials.

“Kahit sabihin mo ng limang libong worth of something, limang libo lang iyan hindi tatagal iyan pero iyong serbisyo na mawawala sa inyo dahil binigay niyo sa taong walang pakialam sa kapakanan ninyo. Tatlong taon niyong iindahin iyon at kung minalas-malas kayo baka ang umalit sa kaniya kamag-anak  pa rin,” said Jimenez.

Apart from cash and products, election candidates take advantage of government services to score a vote.

“We’ve also had cases of vote buying where being promised were insurance cards, and in some cases membership in government. Dole out programs, those are particularly disturbing,” said the spokesperson.

The Omnibus Election Code states that any candidate who is proven to have engaged in vote buying, may face disqualification, imprisonment and lose the right to vote. —  UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec begins acceptance of application for gun ban exemptions

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

 

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started accepting applications for gun ban exemption in relation to the upcoming 2019 midterm polls in accordance with Comelec Resolution 10446.

Any individual who wishes to be exempted from the ban must apply for appropriate Certificate of Authority at the Comelec Committee on Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBSFP) at the poll body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila.

The gun ban will take effect starting January 13, 2019 until June 12, 2019 on the duration of the election period prior to the election proper in May next year.

Once the gun ban takes effect, gun owners cannot bring their firearms with them in public places.

Deliveries of firearms, ammunition and explosives without proper certifications are also not allowed.

Any individual who will be found violating the election gun ban will be arrested and charged with an election offense under the Omnibus Election Code. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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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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