Ex- MMDA Chief Francis Tolentino asks SC to delay proclamation of winning senators

admin   •   May 19, 2016   •   2790

FILE PHOTO: Atty Francis Tolentino

FILE PHOTO: Atty Francis Tolentino

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections is set to proclaim today the 12 winning senators in the recently concluded elections.

But former MMDA chair and independent senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino wants to block it.

Tolentino filed a petition at the Supreme Court appealing for a temporary restraining order to command Comelec not to proclaim the winning senators from 10th to 12th positions.

Based on the latest election result from Comelec, Congressman Win Gatchalian occupies the 10th spot in the senatorial race followed by Sen. Ralph Recto and former justice secretary Leila De Lima in the 11th and 12th spots respectively.

Tolentino is in the 13th spot, trailing by over 1 million votes behind De Lima.

Tolentino argues that the result was compromised and unscrupulous because of the alteration done by Marlon Garcia on the hash code of Comelec’s transparency server.

Tolentino also asked the Supreme Court to order the Comelec to investigate the incident and find out the extent of its effect and correct the unauthorized accessing and meddling on the automated election system.

According to Tolentino’s lawyer, Atty. Jose Ventura Aspiras, “The solid proof is inside the script and hash code. It has to be audited and opened. Otherwise, everybody is in limbo. We don’t know what really happened.”

Comelec chair Andy Bautista has already said that the incident has no effect on the official election result.

The official result of the senatorial elections will not come from transparency server but rather on the canvassed election returns from cities and provinces.

(RODERIC MENDOZA/UNTV News)

Comelec releases disclaimer notice on 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday (November 25) released a disclaimer notice on 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH that claimed to be affiliated with the poll body.

“Please note that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) are not in any way connected or affiliated with 1 VOTE PH, and that it is not an accredited citizens’ arm or civil society partner of the Comelec,” the poll body warned in a statement.

Comelec said 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH has been introducing itself as a non-profit/community organization on Facebook and in email blasts to various government agencies.

The poll body also said the group was claiming that it has a “nationwide campaign for educating the public regarding voter registration, voting, electoral reform and other issues concerning our rights to vote and about the general election.”

“The group also recently announced that they will be setting up its ‘Main Command Center’ with ‘Hotline Numbers and Toll-Free Numbers’ for local overseas Filipino voters,” Comelec added.

“Kindly disregard and/or treat with caution all communications from 1 VOTE PH purporting or claiming to be undertaken with the knowledge or consent of, or in partnership or cooperation with the Comelec,” the poll body advised the public.

In addition to 1 VOTE PH / ONE VOTE PH, the group also goes by the following names/aliases on Facebook:

  • One Vote PH Volunteers
  • Magpa Rehistro Ka
  • Keystrat Campaign Hub or Key Strategy Campaign Hub Co.
  • Keynote Leaders or “I Trust Keynote Leaders”
  • One Philippines or “I Trust One Philippines”
  • Poll Watchers PH
  • Bantay Boto PH or “I Trust Bantay Boto PH”
  • Election 2022 or “I Trust Election 2022”
  • Halalan 2022 or “I Trust Halalan 2022”
  • Vote Philippines 2022
  • Boto Pilipinas 2022
  • Philippine Business Club or Philippine Business Club Worldwide
  • Astig Kabataan Pinoy – Youth Voters

The Commission on Elections further advised overseas Filipinos to take extra precautions in their dealings with organizations claiming to be the agency’s partners.

The poll body further instructed the public to contact the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) through the following official communication channels, in case they are in doubt:

  • Facebook page: https://facebook.com/overseasvotingph
  • Email address: overseasvoting@comelec.gov.ph

 

COMELEC issues rules for online campaigning, rallies for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued on Thursday the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the conduct of online campaigning and rallies as an alternative to physical sorties in line with the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

The IRR, promulgated as COMELEC Resolution No. 10730, will govern the implementation of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act for next year’s elections slated on May 9.

The campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator, and party-list groups will be on February 8 to May 7 while candidates for members of the House of Representatives, and local posts are allowed to campaign from March 25 to May 7.

The IRR states that the COMELEC shall provide a platform for free livestreaming of e-rallies of national candidates.

“E-rally airtime shall be allotted to each presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial candidate, as well as to each party-list organization participating in the 2022 national and local candidates,” resolution read.

“Live streaming of e-rallies shall be conducted every night, beginning February 8, 2022, on the official social media channels of the COMELEC,” it added.

At the start of the election period, the poll body said a schedule of e-rally time slots will be released.

“There shall be three presidential and three vice presidential 10-minute slots every night. In addition, there shall be 5 senatorial 3-minute slots; and 10 PL (party-list) 3-minute slots, per night,” it said.

The slots shall be assigned at random, based on the results of televised raffle of slots that will take place on January 8, 2022.

The e-rally livestreams shall be posted on the COMELEC’s official social media pages, the commission said.

For online campaigning, the poll body said Information contained in online campaign propaganda shall be truthful and not misleading, nor shall it tend to unjustifiably cast doubt on the integrity of the electoral process.

The resolution defines the use of the internet to distribute campaign propaganda. This includes text-only posts on social media, pictures, audio clips, and video clips, regardless of duration, and all combinations of such formats.

A copy of the resolution containing the implementing rules and regulations may be viewed here.

Marcos, hindi pa sinagot ang petisyon na kanselahin ang kanyang COC — Atty. Te

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hindi pa umano sinagot ng kampo ni presidential aspirant Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, Jr. ang summons ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) kaugnay sa inihaing petisyon para kanselahin ang kanyang certificate of candidacy (COC).

Batay sa direktiba ng Comelec, may limang araw lamang si Marcos para sagutin ang petisyon na layong kanselahin ang kanyang COC.

Ibig sabihin, noong isang araw dapat ay nakapagsumite na ng sagot o posisyon ang kanyang kampo.

Subalit, ayon kay Dating Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te, legal counsel ng mga petitioner, noong November 15 ay nakatanggap sila ng motion for extension of time na hiniling ng kampo ni Marcos para sagutin ang reklamo.

Tinutulan naman ito ng mga petitioner at ipinaalala sa Comelec na sundin ang direktibang ipinalabas nito.

Mangangahulugan anila na pagbabalewala ng Comelec sa sarili nitong mga panuntunan at pag-abuso sa kanilang kapangyarihan.

“Petitioners reminded the Comelec that the consequence of granting respondent’s motion for more time would be for the Comelec to flout its own rules, which the Supreme Court had already ruled its previous instances as grave abuse of discretion,” ayon kay Te. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

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