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Duterte vetoes survivorship benefits bill

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed the bill that seeks for survivorship benefits to the children of deceased officials of the Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, the Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman who were solo parents.

The enrolled Senate Bill 1917/House Bill 7820 sought to amend the Republic Act 10084 and extend the survivorship benefits to the dependent children of a deceased retired government official who was a solo parent.

RA 10084 only provides benefits to the surviving legitimate spouses of the deceased retired officials of the said constitutional offices.

In his letter to the Senate and the House dated April 12, 2019, the President cited several factors for vetoing the said bill.

The President said that while he supports the importance of passing the enrolled bill that authorizes additional benefits to the dependents of the COA, CSC, COMELEC and the Ombudsman, he is apprehensive that such granting of benefits “beyond the current compensation framework for other government offices may prove to be too onerous to the government.”

He further said that this would erode the national government’s salary standardization and rationalization program.

The President added that “it will create too much disparity and inequality in compensation among public servants”, as the benefits specified in the enrolled bill are extraordinary and are not granted to all officials in the government service.

The enrolled bill was transmitted to the Office of the President on March 14. – Maris Federez

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Comelec spox calls on politicians to spare dogs from politicking

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A photo of a dog with a campaign sticker on its body has gone viral on social media.

No less than Commission on Election (Comelec) Spokesperson Director James Jimenez posted the image on his Twitter account with the caption:

“Seriously. Isn’t it enough that politicking has already trashed the country you claim to love, you’ve got to harass dogs too?”

Netizens condemned what they claim as animal cruelty or a form of political gimmickry.

Jimenez did not mention any violation that corresponds the act but at the end of the caption, he called on the public to “Leave.Dogs.Alone.” – Marje Pelayo

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BOL referendum delays printing of ballots for 2019 midterm polls

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The printing of ballots for the 2019 midterm elections may possibly be re-scheduled, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Commissioner Sheriff Abas on Tuesday (January 22) said they are still prioritizing the completion of the official list of candidates for the elections.

The poll chief added that they have yet to release the list as there are still some cases that they have to decide upon.

Also, the agency is still waiting for the certificates of finality of the cases filed by some senatorial aspirants, such as Sergio Osme ña III and Senator Koko Pimentel.

“Pipilitin namin ngayong week, (We will try to finish it this week,)“ the Commissioner said.

“(Una) kasi may mga pending din kami. Pangalawa, tinitingnan din namin iyong kapag na-ratify kasi babawasan namin ang (bilang ng balota). (Kasi) naglagay kami sa ARMM ng portion sa balota. Halimbawa makita namin na pumabor na ang “yes,” tatanggalin na rin namin iyong ARMM na portion, (First, we still have pending (issues to address). We are waiting (for BOL to be ratified) to lower the number (of ballots). We included a portion for ARMM but in case the ‘yes’ votes win, we need to remove the ARMM part),” he added.

The schedule of the printing of the 61 million ballots for the May 13 elections was initially set on Sunday (January 20). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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Senatorial aspirant wants Comelec to stop pre-election surveys

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Atty. Larry Gadon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Atty. Larry Gadon, a senatorial aspirant, personally filed a petition on Monday (January 21) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against election surveys.

Gadon pleaded with the poll body to prohibit the release of election surveys as they seem to dictate the candidates whom voters should choose.

He added that surveys are not enough to measure the capability of candidates

“To stop Pulse Asia and SWS from publishing ‘mind conditioning’ surveys which are all being done for the purpose of manipulating the minds of our voters,” he argued.

They will now be sending summons to SWS and Pulse Asia for them to file an answer to the petition and it will be up to the Comelec also to schedule the necessary hearings,” explained his lawyer, Atty. Al Vitangcol.

Gadon is confident that he will win the senatorial race despite his low ratings in the surveys.

If you will just open my Facebook account and you will see there the videos from different places and different times where people would mob me in malls, in public places. Something which does not happen to other candidates,” he said.

In 2010, a similar petition was filed by then presidential candidate Sen. Richard Gordon but a Quezon City court dismissed the case. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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