Makati City announces new schedule of voter registration

Marje Pelayo   •   October 27, 2020   •   4656

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The city government announced on Tuesday (October 27) the new weekly schedule of voter registration for the month of November.

Starting November 1, Makatizens are advised to register at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Makati office from Mondays to Thursdays only, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The COMELEC office located on the first floor of the Makati City hall will be closed on Fridays for disinfection.

Applicants who are at least 18 years old on or before the May 2022 Elections are required to bring one valid government ID.

All are reminded to observe social distancing and other health safety protocols while inside the city hall premises. MNP / Rhussel Egano

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Pimentel hopes Comelec will intervene in squabble inside PDP-Laban

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Koko Pimentel expressed high hopes that the current conflict between two factions inside the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will be resolved through the intervention of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This is if the conflict within the party continues until the submission of sworn information and update statements (SIUS) listing the party’s current members and officers.

“The Comelec should have a procedure na on how to speedy resolve this. Pwede naman silang mag-trace back. Sino ba yung recognize namin na party, PDP-laban. Then step by step,” Pimentel, the party’s Executive Vice-Chairman said.

“Ngayon umatras sila. Doon sa nagke-claim na PDP Laban, umatras sila. Kung sino ngayon yung makaatras dun sa recognize ng Comelec, that should be their first choice,” Pimentel added.

For Senator Pimentel, emerging factions within the party are not new.

In November 2018, the Comelec ruled that Senator Pimentel’s faction is the duly authorized representative of the PDP-Laban against the rival faction led by lawyer Atty. Rogelio Garcia.

The camp of PDP-Laban’s Vice Chairman Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also expects the poll body to intervene and resolve the conflict.

“Kasi at the end of the day ang aming pagtatalo, sino ba ang magreresolba? Kung magtututuloy-tuloy ang pagtatalo? Ang Comelec,” noted Atty. Melvin Matibag, PDP-Laban’s Acting Secretary-General said.

Comelec’s ruling over the two factions is critical because whoever leads the PDP-Laban signs all documents for submission to the poll body, including the party’s official list of candidates for the 2022 National Elections.

Based on Comelec’s calendar, they have until August 15 to submit their SIUS.

But the faction of Secretary Cusi is determined to resolve the conflicts and prevent any split in the party.

“We will not allow that. Aayusin namin ang PDP-Laban. After the meeting tomorrow, I promise you, we will have a stronger PDP-Laban,” Matibag said.

“There might be legal questions but we have prepared for it in any forum,” he added.

Meanwhile, according to political science expert Professor Dennis Coronacion, if President Rodrigo Duterte suddenly decides to exit the PDP-Laban and join other political parties, his popularity will not be affected.

“Same pa rin yan. Actually kung titingnan natin yung mga political parties naman talaga, they don’t matter sa Philippine politics. They only matter because kinakailangan ng candidate ng affiliation. I think it’s required by the Comelec,” Coronacion said. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Comelec to set up satellite registration for PWDs in Navotas City on July 16

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold a satellite registration for persons with disability (PWDs) in Navotas City on Friday (July 16).

The registration will be located at the Navoserve Office in Navotas City Hall Annex.

Registrants must be Filipino citizen who are not yet a registered voter, provided he/she possesses the following qualifications:

– At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections;
– A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he/she proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections; and
– Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Documentary requirements include any of the following proof of identification:
-Philippine Identification Card (PhilID)
-Employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
-Postal ID ;
-PWD Discount ID;
-Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
-Senior Citizen’s ID;
-Driver’s license;
-NBI clearance;
-Passport;
-SSS/GSIS ID;
-Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
-License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC);
-Certificate of Confirmation issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs; and
-Any other valid ID.

In the absence of any of the above-mentioned identification documents, the applicant may be identified under oath by any registered voter of the precinct where he/she intends to be registered, or by any of his/her relatives within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

No registered voter or relative shall be allowed to identify more than three applicants.

The Comelec said Community Tax Certificates (cedula) and Philippine National Police (PNP) clearance are not considered valid identification documents for purposes of registration.

Failure to present any of the above requirements, a person shall not be issued an application form, nor shall his/her pre-accomplished application form be accepted.

Comelec to set up voter registration booths in Robinsons malls nationwide

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections and real estate firm Robinsons Land Corporation agreed to set up voters’ registration booths in selected Robinsons malls across the country.

The Memorandum of Agreement, which will be signed on July 12, aims to bring the process of voter registration closer and more accessible to the public.

“Our aim is to give the public an accessible and efficient registration experience and provide alternative satellite registration sites by opening registration booths in malls,” said COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez.

The registration booths will be established in Robinsons malls in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, North Luzon, South Luzon, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

In consideration of mall hours, only a limited number of applicants will be accommodated in the satellite registrations per day.

Only applicants who are residents of the locality or those who are intending to transfer their registration record to the locality will be accommodated.

“Once the malls have been identified and schedules finalized, applicants will be able to submit their forms and documentary requirements and have their biometrics data taken in the comfort and convenience of mall spaces,” Jimenez said.

“We will release the final list of mall registration schedules once available,” he added.

In the meantime, the public may contact their respective local COMELEC offices to inquire about schedules specific to their city or municipality.

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