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Duterte endorses 11 senatorial bets; drops Jinggoy Estrada

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 01:46 PM

Proclamation and Kick-off rally of PDP-Laban on February 14, 2019 in San Juan Del Monte, Bulacan

BULACAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte formally endorsed his senatorial line up for the 2019 midterm elections.

Five senatorial aspirants from the ruling party PDP-Laban made it to Duterte’s list.

They are named by the acronym – ‘MaBaGoKoTo”.

‘Ma’ stands for Mangudadatu referring to the Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu.

‘Ba’ stands for Bato referring to former PNP and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Ronald dela Rosa.

‘Go’ stands for Go referring to former Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go.

‘Ko’ is for Koko, the first name of reelectionist Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel;

‘To’ is for Tolentino, referring to former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino.

In addition to his five party mates, the President also named seven guest candidates on his lineup of senatorial bets.

They are Senators Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara and JV Ejercito; Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano; Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos; and music icon Freddie Aguilar.

Maraming bisaya dito. Kapag natalo itong mga kandidato ko, balikan ko kayo,” the President said in jest during the initial campaign rally in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

“Salamat ha. Ako si Rodrgo Duterte. I am a government worker. Kaming lahat nasa gobyerno nagtratrabaho para sa inyo,” he said to the audience.

The senatorial hopefuls in return promised the President that his trust will not be in vain as they vowed to support the advocacies and programs of the government particularly in eliminating corruption and illegal drugs.

“Twenty-one (21) years po akong nagserbisyo kay Pangulong Duterte,at sa Pilipino. Asahan ninyo po serbisyo din po ang katapat niyan,” vowed Go.

Ang numero ko kasi sa balota 24 (so) bente kwatro oras na serbisyo, bente kwatro oras na proteksyon, na pagmamahal,” promised Dela Rosa.

Meanwhile, former senator Jinggoy Estrada’s name was notably missing from the President’s lineup of senatorial bets.

President Duterte did not even mention Estrada’s name during his speech, some observers said.

In an ambush interview following the campaign sortie, President Duterte said it was too late when he was informed about Estrada’s senatorial bid.

“Too late. They gave me the signal too late. Actually, about almost a year ago I was already forming the ticket,” he said.

Overall, Duterte has 11 senatorial candidates on his list for the 2019 midterm polls. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Nestor Torres)

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Comelec: Shipping of overseas voting ballots almost complete

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 25 March 2019 03:00 PM

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Dubai participates in 2013 Philippine elections through overseas absentee voting (OAV). (Lonix Foto Grafix | PVI)

MANILA, Philippines — The shipping of the official ballots to be used in the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) for the May midterm elections is almost complete, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Comelec Office for Overseas Voting Director Elaiza Sabille-David said that, as of Sunday (March 24), nearly 100 percent of the ballots for the automated personal voting have been shipped to various countries.

Ninety percent of the ballots for manual personal voting have also been deployed, Sabille-David added.

Comelec printed a total of 1.8 million ballots for the OAV, which will be held from April 13 to May 13.

The poll body said that Filipinos abroad can only vote for candidates who are running for national seats, the Lower House and the Senate.

Meanwhile, Comelec continues to conduct trainings with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials from different countries in preparation for the upcoming midterm polls. – Robie de Guzman

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Duterte denies Bacolod mayor’s involvement in illegal drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia | Photo from Mayor Leonardia’s Facebook page

President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.

A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.

He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.

“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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PNP nabs over 3,000 poll gun ban violators, including cops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:35 PM

Seized firearms from violators

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported to have arrested more than 3,000 people for violating the election gun ban.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 3,105 gun ban violators were apprehended from January 13, the start of the election period, to March 20, 2019. Arrested persons include 2,924 civilians, 57 security guards, 44 government officials, 32 cops, five soldiers, two Jail and Management Penology officials and seven other members of law enforcement agencies.

According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, the policemen were arrested for carrying unlicensed personal firearms.

“They will face illegal possession of firearms for violating the law, their firearms license will also revoked,” Banac told reporters at a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Also arrested for violating the election gun ban were 23 members of threat groups, six from private armed groups, three foreign nationals and two CAFGU members.

The PNP also seized 2,603 firearms, 64 firearm replicas, 1,038 bladed and pointed weapons and 168 grenades. 356 other types of explosives and over 21,000 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

The election period in connection with the May midterm elections will last until June 12, 2019. During this time, only police and military on duty and in complete uniform are allowed to carry firearms.

Under election gun ban, permit to carry firearms outside of residence is cancelled and people are prohibited from bearing, carrying and transporting firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons if they have not secured exemptions from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

The PNP also called on gun owners with expired licences to surrender their firearms to authorities.“We appeal to the responsible gun owners, if your license has expired, surrender your firearms to the nearest police station for temporary custody and safekeeping until you renew your expired license,” Banac urged. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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