Filing of COC begins in Marawi City for special elections

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2018   •   5865


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Election (Comelec) has begun accepting on Thursday (August 23) certificates of candidacy (COC) in Marawi City for the special conduct of the Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan Elections (BKSE).

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said the agency will set up alternative voting centers for residents in barangays worst affected by the siege.

The election period in the war-torn city began on August 17 and will run until September 29.

The campaign period will start on September 12 while election day is on September 22, 2018. – UNTV News & Rescue


Extended hours for voter registration effective Feb. 15

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Election (Comelec) has extended voter registration hours across the country.

In a statement, the poll body said all its offices will accept registrations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays.

The new schedule, which takes effect Monday (February 15) until the end of September this year, aims at encouraging more Filipinos to register and vote in 2022.

“The designated disinfection day will be moved from Fridays to Mondays in addition to daily disinfection measures being conducted,” the agency said on Sunday (February 14).

Comelec’s nationwide gun ban to take effect Jan. 13

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Coinciding with the start of the election period, the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) nationwide implementation of the gun ban also takes effect on Sunday (January 13).

According to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), all gun owners’ Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) will be temporarily suspended on the course of the election period.

This means, only those with gun ban exemption coming from the poll body will be allowed to carry their respective firearms.

 PNP-FEO Director PCSupt. Val de Leon warned violators of possible charges of illegal possession of firearms and violations of the Omnibus Election Code.

“Ipinagbabawal ang paglipat ng employees under civil service rules at tsaka yung permit to carry is suspended. However, the movements of controlled chemicals, firearms and permit to carry is allowed if the Comelec grants exemptions,” De Leon said.

De Leon clarified that a gun owner does not have the liberty to carry his or her firearm while the gun ban exemption is on process.

“That is subject for confiscation and corresponding cases will be filed. You already enjoy carrying of firearms kung under process ka. Paano kung na-deny?” he said.

Meanwhile, De Leon advised the public to expect more checkpoints across the country.

He added that a legitimate checkpoint is situated in a well-lit area, manned by a PNP official, a Comelec representative and well-uniformed cops with proper ID. It should also have a proper signage.

Checkpoint police can only do plain view inspection. They cannot ask motorists to open the door and trunk of the vehicle.

The PNP, meanwhile, advised motorists to turn off the headlight, open the inner light of the car and lower down the window shield when at a checkpoint area. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Comelec: Final list of candidates to be out in December

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The period of filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections has just concluded.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they will immediately start the evaluation of the COCs as they need to screen thousands of them to include those from different parts of the country.

“We expect to have that information out by December…by tomorrow we expect na magdadatingan ang mga filing from different provinces so we will start the evaluation process right away. Pero since napakarami ng nag-file sa atin, we have thousands of COCs literally to go through. Again, by December, matatapos natin iyan,” said Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.

Overall, the poll body received a total of 152 COCs for the senatorial race and 185 certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA) at the Comelec Main office in Manila.

Jimenez said generally the five-day period of filing the COCs was peaceful except for some problems like filers using the old version of the COC and the lax in security during the filing of former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

The poll body, however, clarified that there was no standoff.

“We investigated on the event for what happened, it turns out that there were other people who joined the entourage or the companions so it appeared that there were too many companions of one candidate when in fact these were companions drawn from various other candidacies,” Jimenez explained.

“I speak for the Commission comfortably and with confidence when I say that the Commission will always be fair and transparent in our dealings with the candidates,” he added.

The poll body also reminded all candidates that they can submit substitution for candidacy only until November 29, 2018.

“Ang voluntary withdrawal pwedeng samahan iyan ng substitution of candidate. Kailangan lamang, kapartido mo ang magsa-substitute para sa iyo. Hanggang November 29 iyan. After Novermber 29, involuntary withdrawal na lang ang allowed,” the Comelec spokesperson said.

The Comelec is expected to issue the final list by December 15, 2018.

The poll body also wants to make it clear that the campaign period for the senatorial candidates and party-list groups will be from February 12 to May 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, those running for a seat in the House of Representatives may only start campaigning on May 11, 2019.

In accordance with Resolution No. 10429, election period is set on January 13 until July 12, 2019 in which gun ban will also take effect.

Finally, election day will be on May 13, 2019, a Monday,

As always, the Comelec reminds the voting public to use their right to suffrage wisely.

“Hindi pa natin alam ang final list pero may idea na kayo kung sino ang dapat nating pag-aralan ang plataporma, ang ikinikilos sa gobyerno, sa pakikitungo sa tao. Dapat magdesisyon tayo ng tama para tama rin ang iboboto natin,” Jimenez concluded — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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