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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.

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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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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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

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