Former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman
MANILA, Philippines – “Not democratic” This is how former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gus Lagman described the proposal of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the establishment of a revolutionary form of government.
Lagman said, doing so would take away from the voters their freedom and rights to choose the leader of the country.
According to the former Comelec commissioner, the government should allow its people to elect leaders in accordance with the proper election process.
“That would be bad because I think the people should have the freedom, the privilege and the right to elect its leaders . . revolutionary government is not democratic..,” Lagman said.
On the other hand, Malacañang said the President will not push through with his proposal without sufficient basis and proper consultation with all sectors of the society.
“He has said that he will declare a revolutionary government only if and when the destabilization attempts against the government will lead to anarchy so in other words, he simply laying the premise of what could happen. The President again and again has all access to information and he may have his own reasons for doing so,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
Meanwhile, Lagman stands by his recommendation to use an Automated Election System with Enhanced Transparency and Accuracy (AES- ETA ) in the next election in the country.
Such a system combines the automated and manual precinct counting. Through his, Lagman explained, the results of the voting will become more transparent.
“We don’t have to automate the precinct counting because it only takes 5 to 12 hours anyway. What we should automate is the 40-day canvassing that follows the precinct counting,” Lagman said. “That’s not what we’ve been doing in the last 3 elections, we automated the precinct counting and like I said 10 billion is the cause and we lost the transparency.”
According to Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez, Namfrel was given the chance to present the said system in 2015.
Jimenez also clarified that it is the Comelec Advisory Council that approves the type of system that will be used in elections.
He explained that the Comelec follows a bidding process before implementing a new system.
“It’s unfair to say we ignored it because, in fact, the Comelec set up a pilot test precisely for that system. We called media together, we called observers, we called lawyers to look at the system. The test turned out to be less than ideal,” said Jimenez.
“The 2010, 2013 and especially the 2016 elections their results have stood the test of multiple protests. 2016 was, in fact, hailed as one of the best elections we’ve ever had,” he added.
The Comelec director noted the PCOS machines used for the elections also have audit trails to ensure the transparency of the elections in the country. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
DILG supports Namfrel’s proposal requiring village poll candidates to submit résumé
FILE PHOTO: Voters cast their vote in a precinct in a file photo.
MANILA, Philippines — The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) recently recommended to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to require candidates of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to submit their résumés.
This is to determine if they really have the ability to lead a government position.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has agreed with the said recommendation.
According to DILG spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, the proposal could help voters wisely select their leaders.
“Sa tingin po namin ang pagsumite ng resume ay isang paraan para mas masuri ng mga ka-barangay ang kwalipikasyon ng mga gustong tumakbo (The submission of résumés would help voters assess the qualifications of candidates),” said Malaya.
However, the DILG clarified that it will not require candidates to submit their résumé, but noted that poll candidates seeking to show transparency are welcome to do so.
Candidates will be required to submit their résumé only when the Comelec issues a resolution about it.
Meanwhile, DILG reminded candidates that winners cannot not assume post pending submission of their statement of contribution and expenditure before the 13th of June. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
Brgy, SK elections to push through in May
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) assure that the long overdue barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will finally push thru this year.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez also assured that the ballots are ready as they will be using the same ones originally printed for the October 2017 slate.
Manual counting will be implemented in the election because it has a small scope.
“Close to 85% ready, the bulk really of preparations has to be the printing, and with the printing done, we just need to print the additional registrants,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
The DILG will also launch Matino, Mahusay at Maasahang Barangay and SK Officials campaign to disseminate information regarding the elections.
“Maglalabas din po kami ng mga posters na pwedeng ipaskil sa mga barangay para po maging giya para sa ating mga kababayan sa pagboto sa susunod na eleksyon,” DILG Communication & Public Affairs Asec. Jonathan Malaya said.
(We will also have posters put up in barangays as a guide for the public on how to vote in the next election.)
The DILG once again advises the public to be wise in voting candidates to avoid having corrupt barangay and SK officials.
The barangay and SK elections will be held on May 14, 2018 with a P6-billion budget. – Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
Senate issues subpoena vs. ex-poll chief Andy Bautista
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies issued a subpoena against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista.
This was due to Bautista’s failure to attend a Senate hearing, Tuesday, regarding his alleged hidden wealth.
Based on the subpoena, Bautista is ordered to attend the next Senate inquiry on the 12th of February.
Should the former poll chief fail to appear anew, the Senate warned of citing him in contempt and ordering his arrest.
The committee of Senator Francis Escudero has been conducting hearings since August of last year in connection with accusations that Bautista violated the Anti-Money Laundering Act. – UNTV News & Rescue