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Ex-poll Commissioner opposes Duterte’s plan of a revolutionary government

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman

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

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COMELEC releases calendar of activities in line with the May 2018 barangay and SK elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released a new calendar of activities for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections that will be held on the 14th of May this year.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10-26, the election period will begin on the 14th and will end on the 21st of May.

A gun ban will also take effect during the said period.

Candidates can file their certificates of candidacy from April 14 to 20, while the campaign period will begin on the 4th of May and will end on the 12th of the same month.

Campaigning will be prohibited on May 13, the day before the election.

On the day of voting, polling precincts will open at seven in the morning until three in the afternoon. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Mayor Guia Gomez still awaiting Comelec decision in relation to the recall elections

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) upheld the petition for recall elections filed by the supporters of former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora against the city’s incumbent Mayor Guia Gomez.

However, until now, the camp of Mayor Guia has yet to receive a copy of the decision of the poll body.

Comelec, meanwhile, clarifies that the 3-day deadline for the Mayor’s submission of a motion for reconsideration will begin once Guia receives the said ruling.

“We have yet to receive proof that it has already been served to her. We are not counting the days. So I think, the latest we know about that is she was out of the country. So we’ll see what happens when the en banc resumes session next week,” Comelec Spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said.

The said petition already has 30,000 signatures.

However, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, the son of Mayor Gomez, claims San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora and his son Francis are bribing the residents to sign the said petition.

According to Comelec, they have yet to receive any appeals or complaints from San Juan residents that they are being coerced to support the recall election petition of the former vice mayor.

“Well the signatures are affixed by people and it’s the people’s choice if they will sign or not. I have not received any report or whatever. But in general, Comelec cannot really look into why a person signed unless they have proof, that they are coerced,” Jimenez said.

Comelec, meanwhile, assured that they are taking fair steps regarding the petition especially since the right of the people is at stake.

“Very important that you monitor the news and make sure na iyong pinaniwalaang balita ay iyong tunay lang — iyong galing lang sa Comelec. Makikita natin in the past, sa mga similar situations, may tendency na naglipanang misinformation. So kaunting ingat lang sa mga botante ng San Juan. Make sure that you are getting the information straight from authorized resources,” said Jimenez.

(Very important that you monitor the news and make sure that the news you hear is true — the one that comes from the Comelec itself. We can see that in the past, in similar situations, there is a tendency to spread misinformation. San Juan has a small voting population. Make sure that you are getting the information straight from authorized resources.) – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec: no extension of voters registration beyond Thursday’s deadline

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced Thursday, that it will not extend its deadline of voters registration.

Thus, a long queue of last-minute registrants waited patiently in front of Comelec main office in Manila City Hall earlier.

Most of them were students who took advantage of the holiday to register for the 2018 baranggay and Sangguninang Kabataan elections.

Nineteen-year-old Maureen Nares was among those who rushed to register.

“My schedule is irregular. I have classes from morning until night,” she said explaining why she waited until the last day.

Despite the long wait, they are pleased that the Comelec’s services are quick and orderly.

“The service now is faster unlike before, it was so slow,” registrant Josephine Sullano said.

 

The Comelec reiterated that they will not extend the registration.

“Do not wait until the deadline. Since the registration period was long, people were taking their time to register. Then at the last minute, they will rush to beat the deadline. If they don’t make it to our cut off, they get angry,” District 1 Manila election officer, Atty. Vincent Cruz said.

Based on the record, almost 500,000 voters and applicants have registered from November 6 to 25, 2017 which the agency believes hit their target for next year’s number of voters in the 2018 barangay and SK elections. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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