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DILG urges more women candidates in 2018 local polls

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

FILE PHOTO: Department of the Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are encouraging more women to participate in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections not only as voters but as election candidates.

DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año said that by running in the election, women will be able to prove their capability in leading a community towards significant change.

Based on data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), one out of five women voters run for public office in the country.

The filing of the certificate of candidacy for the barangay and SK polls will be from April 14 to April 20. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Lower House passes another postponement of local polls

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: House of Representatives

MANILA, Philippines — With votes of 211-29, lawmakers passed the proposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the third and final reading.

The House Bill No. 7378 proposes to reschedule May 14, 2018, polls to October 18, 2018.

The postponement aims to pave way for the conduct of plebiscite in the event the Congress passes the proposed shift of the country to a federal form of government.

Meanwhile, incumbent barangay officials will remain in their position once the proposed election postponement pushes through. — UNTV News & Rescue

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

by UNTV   |   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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Comelec probes link between DOH’s P3.5-B Dengvaxia purchase and 2016 elections

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018

Department of Health (DOH) officials launch Dengvaxia, the world’s first vaccine against dengue virus developed by French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur.

MANILA, Philippines — The first-ever hearing of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Law Department on the complaints filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Dr. Francis  Cruz, the former health consultant of the Department of Health (DOH).

The complaint is in connection with the purchase of P3.5-billion Dengvaxia vaccine by DOH amid the election period during the term of former Health Secretary Janette Garin.

In a subpoena issued by the Comelec Law Department, the poll body invited DOH officials who have knowledge of the process involved in the purchase and implementation of the Dengvaxia mass immunization.

The Comelec Law Department has ordered the said DOH officials to submit their counter-affidavits.

“We divided the hearings for all the respondents because this is too plenty. What the respondents did is  they submitted a joint counter-affidavit,” said Comelec Atty. Erwin Villarin.

On the other hand, VACC lawyer Manny Luna asked the Comelec to give them more days to prepare for the said hearing which will be attended by the officials of the previous administration.

The primary accused in the complaint of the VACC are former President Benigno Aquino III, Jannette Garin, and former Budget Sec. Florencio Abad.

The former officials are expected to attend the Comelec hearing on the 15th of March.

The complainant will present the documents they say will prove the alleged violations of the accused of the Omnibus Election Code.

“One of our allegations is that they did not request for exemption and they were not granted. And that is our major allegation,” said Luna.

The VACC is confident that it has a strong case against the former high-ranking government officials and incumbent officials of the health department.

The next Comelec hearings are set for Monday and Thursday.

On Monday, the VACC is expected to submit its reply to the counter affidavit of the DOH officials.

Garin previously said she will attend the said hearing and will submit her counter-affidavit.

The Comelec Law Department has yet to confirm if Aquino will also attend the said hearing. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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