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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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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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Petro touts new vision for Colombia against right-wing critic of peace deal

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro speks to supporters and the news media after polls closed in the first round of the presidential election in Bogota, Colombia May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Leftist Gustavo Petro is to face right-winger Ivan Duque after the two emerged as the favorites in the country’s first-round presidential election on Sunday (May 27).

The first election since the peace accord was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016 now heads for a June 17 runoff to select the successor to President Juan Manuel Santos, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the five-decade-old conflict.

With almost all polling stations had reported results, Duque led with 39.1 percent of the vote, as expected, while Petro was a distant second with 25.1 percent. It was the first time in Colombia’s modern history that a leftist candidate has reached the second round of a presidential poll.

Petro, a combative populist who was once a member of the now-defunct M19 rebel group, supports a peace deal with the FARC rebels. But some of his economic policies spook investors and have prompted rivals to compare him to former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He has promised to take power away from political and social elites who he says have stymied progress, as well as carry out a complete economic overhaul.

In a country where oil and coal are the top export earners, Petro’s pledges to end extractive industries and shift the focus of state-run oil company Ecopetrol to renewable energy have dismayed business leaders.

Now in the second round, Petro may seek to allay concerns that his economic policies would lead to a crisis of the kind unfolding across the border in socialist-run Venezuela.

Business-friendly Duque was handpicked by hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, who is seen as the power behind his campaign. As well as impose tougher punishments on former FARC fighters, Duque has promised to cut corporate taxes and support oil and mining projects.

Polls suggest the end of the FARC conflict has shifted voters’ priorities to inequality and corruption from security issues – opening the door to the left for the first time. — Reuters

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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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