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DILG urges more women candidates in 2018 local polls

by UNTV News   |   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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Comelec resets COC filing to Oct. 11 to 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reset the schedule of filing the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 national and local elections.

Instead of doing it on October 1 to 5, the poll body moved the schedule to October 11 to 17, excluding weekends.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, however, stressed that there will be no extension of filing hours on the last day of filing.  – UNTV News and Rescue

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Election watchdog claims evidence of fraud in 2016 elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2018

Atty. Glenn Chong of the Tanggulang Demokrasya


Lawyer and former congressman, Atty. Glenn Chong of the civil society group, Tanggulang Demokrasya was dismayed at how the Senate hearing on alleged 2016 poll fraud unfolded last Tuesday (August 7).

Chong was invited to the hearing as a resource speaker on the a supposed irregularities in the 2016 elections.

However, he said he was unable to present the evidence he had with him regarding the alleged discrepancies in the transmission of election results.

Chong noted that 459 PCOS machines located in different parts of the country were sending results a day before the 2016 elections on May 9, 2016.

“The question is: sino ang nagpadala ng resulta ng yun, because the machine was already switched off,” Chong said.

On March 6, 2018, Senator Tito Sotto disclosed in his privilege speech that he received information regarding the early transmission of election results.

Chong said that the 459 precincts were capable of generating around 220,000 votes which is significant particularly in relation to the election protest between Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos.

“Ang lamang po ni Leni Robredo against BBM (Marcos) is 263,000. So 220,000 is very material, yun lang po ang masasabi ko. But I’m not saying na, the votes were cheated by one against the other,” he said.

Chong is proposing the implementation of a  hybrid voting system  in the 2019 mid-term elections to prevent fraud.

Under the proposed system, vote counting would be manual while the transmission of votes will be automated through applications.

“Wala po itong pinagkakaiba sa Smartmatic. Mas mura pa ang sistema. Meron ka nang hawak na ebidensya  dahil nabilang at nakita mo yung pagbibilang ng boto,” said Chong.  — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue



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Ex-poll chief defends Comelec over fraud allegations

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Former Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes (third from the right)


PASAY CITY, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes and a poll watchdog engaged in a heated argument  on Monday (August 6) during a Senate inquiry on the alleged irregularities in the 2016 national elections.

Brillantes questioned the claims of Poll watchdog Tanggulang Demokrasya that the election was rigged citing an image presented by Atty. Glenn Chong, the accuser of the poll irregularities, on alleged selling of voters’ database in 2015.

“Ang nagbebenta po nito dating election officer ng Maragondon, Cavite ( A former election officer in Maragondon, Cavite is selling [voters’ database]),” said Chong.

But Brillantes urged the group to present more credible evidence to prove their claims.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III suggested that Comelec should investigate the matter as he has been receiving reports from different parts of the country about the alleged ballot selling.

“May mga nagbanggit sa akin, taga Nueva Ecija, taga Iloilo, na inaalok ng kung anu anong mga sistema na imbestigahan talaga ng Comelec iyan (People from Nueva Ecija and Iloilo have mentioned to me about different systems being offered that Comelec really should investigate.)  ,” Sotto said

Sotto said he will force the poll body to disclose its audit logs to determine the transmission activities involving the vote counting machines prior to the election day and to confirm if there was any irregularity that happened.

“The Office of the Senate President, thru the Committee will issue subpoena duces tecum,” he added.

The issue remained unresolved as there are still a lot of things that the Comelec should explain regarding the allegations, according to Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms Chairman Aquilino Pimentel III.

“Marami talagang pangyayari na dapat ipaliwanag ng Comelec (Comelec has a lot to explain). Some maybe glitch but still we need an explanation from the Comelec, bakit nangyayari ito (why these things are happening),” he said. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

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