IN PHOTOS: Proclamation of winning senatorial candidates

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2019   •   1185

In case you missed it, here are some photos during the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates on Wednesday (May 22) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Senator-elect Grace Poe walks with her mother, veteran actress Susan Roces, at the red carpet
Senator-elect Francis Tolentino waves at the media after arriving at the red carpet
Reelected senator Cynthia Villar, who topped the senatorial race, arrives with her husband Manny Villar, son DPWH Mark Villar and the rest of her family
Senator-elect Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla is with his wife elected Bacoor, City Mayor Lani Mercado
Keeping it casual, senator-elect Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go arrives at the red carpet wearing a red polo shirt with ‘DU30’ imprint
Senator-elect Ronaldo ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa poses for a photo behind the Commission on Elections (Comelec) logo

Senator-elect Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara attends the proclamation with his family
Senator-elect Lito Lapid greets media personnel after arriving at the proclamation venue

Senator-elect Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III arrives with his wife,
Kathryna Yu-Pimentel
Senator-elect Imee Marcos smiles at the crowd
Accompanying Senator-elect Imee Marcos is her mother, former first lady Imelda Marcos
Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. also arrives at the proclamation venue to support his sister Imee

The seven Commission on Elections (Comelec) members raise hands with the senators-elect

The senators-elect poses with the seven Comelec members
The 12 senators-elect: (from right) Ramon “Bong” revilla, Lito Lapid, Francis Tolentino, Ronald “Bato'”Dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Pia Cayetano, Nancy Binay, Imee Marcos, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
Several senators elect did the Duterte fist except for Nancy Binay and Grace Poe

Photos by: Rodel Lumiares/PVI

Comelec 1st division cancels Cardema’s nomination as Duterte Youth party rep

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2019

Ronald Cardema

MANILA, Philippines – The first division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday ordered the cancellation of the nomination of former National Youth Commission (NYC) Ronald Cardema as a representative of the Duterte Youth Party-list in the 18th Congress.

Comelec spokesperson, director James Jimenez announced the decision on his Twitter account.

“The nomination of Respondent, Ronald Gian Carlo L. Cardema, as the first nominee of Duterte Youth party-list is hereby cancelled,” read the dispositive portion of the poll body’s first division resolution obtained by UNTV News and Rescue.

Two of the three-member division, Commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Marlon Caquejo, voted in favor of the petition while Commissioner Al Parreño was on official business.

In a 25-page resolution, the Comelec 1st division said that Cardema committed material misrepresentation on his age when he filed his nomination bid.

The division said Cardema was not eligible to be nominated as Duterte Youth party representative contrary to the declaration he made in his Certificate of Acceptance of Nomination.

He was also aware that he is already 34 years old, and thus “committed a falsity when he misrepresented that he eligible for nomination” despite not possessing the age qualification provided by law for representatives of the youth sector.

Section 9 of Republic Act 7941 or the Partylist Law provides that a nominee of a youth party-list group must be between 25 to 30 years old.

“In view thereof, this Commission finds respondent to have committed material misrepresentation on his qualifications,” the resolution read.

During hearings, the camp of Cardema claimed that Duterte Youth is a multi-sectoral party representing not only the youth sector but also the young professionals and this, he is eligible to be nominated despite his already being 34 years old.

But taking the petition as a whole, the division said, it can be observed that the party intended to limit its representation of professionals only insofar as “young professionals” are concerned. The division noted that Cardema himself admitted to this effect in the pleadings he filed.

“While it may be true that Duterte Youth Party-list represents both the young and young professionals, it is important to consider that the professionals being represented by the party are the “young ones,” who would necessarily belong to the youth sector,” the resolution stated.

“With this in mind, this Commission finds no reason why the age qualification provided by law for nominees of the youth sector should not be applied to the respondent,” the resolution added.

Election Lawyer Emil Marañon, counsel for petitioners against Cardema’s nomination, welcomed the Comelec division’s decision.

“We are happy to announce that with the vote of 2-0, the Comelec First Division has granted our Petition seeking the cancellation of the nomination of Gian Carlo Cardema as the First Nominee of the Duterte Youth Party-List,” Marañon said on a Twitter post.

“Hopefully, this decision will be the first step towards the reform of the party-list system, that is to bring it back to the truly marginalized and underrepresented sectors,” he said in a separate statement.

Voter registration pushes through despite proposal to postpone Brgy & SK Polls

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has pushed through with the voters registration despite the proposed postponement of the Barangay and SK elections next year.

According to Comelec Spokesman Dir. James Jimenez, it is better to be prepared in case Congress decides not to postpone the Barangay and SK polls.

Jimenez also said voters can still register even on Saturdays and holidays. The voter registration will run until September 30.

“The commission will open the registration process on Saturdays and even holidays to allow more applicants to be accommodated, especially students and working people who may not have time during weekdays,” Jimenez said.

An estimated two million voters will file their registration in the country.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Comelec to hold special polls for S. Leyte, S. Cotabato reps

Marje Pelayo   •   July 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the dates for the special polls for representatives of the first and second districts of Southern Leyte and the first and third districts of South Cotabato.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 10551, the Comelec will hold the first regular elections on October 26, 2019.

In line with this, the poll body is requiring political parties or coalitions to submit a new list of authorized signatories before the Comelec Law Department not later than August 15, 2019.

For candidate’s name to be included in the official ballot, filing the request for correction will be until September 11, 2019.

Meanwhile, the substitution of candidates may be accomplished until September 18, 2019.

The holding of elections for district representatives of these provinces was suspended to a date later than May 13 due to operational and logistical constraints, according to Comelec.

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