Moreno, walang nilabag sa Election Code – COMELEC

admin   •   February 18, 2013   •   4277

FILE PHOTO: Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (UNTV News)

FILE PHOTO: Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Walang nakitang paglabag sa Omnibus Election Code ang Commission on Elections (COMELEC) sa inorganisang bingo ni Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno at iba pang konsehal noong Sabado.

Ito ang paglilinaw ng COMELEC kaugnay sa paghuli kay Moreno noong sabado dahil sa umano’y pag-oorganisa ng bingo sa Sta. Cruz Maynila.

Ayon sa Omnibus Election Code, ipinagbabawal ang pagsasagawa ng iba’t ibang fund raising event kagaya ng sabong, boxing, beauty contest, at maging ang pa-bingo sa panahon ng eleksyon.

Subalit sinabi ni Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez na ayon sa Republic Act 9369 (Poll Automation Law), ang mga paglabag sa tinatawag na kandidato ay aplikable lamang kung nagsimula na ang campaign period.

Dahil dito, hindi pa maituturing na kandidato si Moreno sapagkat ang local campaign period ay sa Marso 29 pa magsisimula.

“Ang definition ng candidate natin ay una, nakapag-file ng COC at pangalawa na nagsimula yung campaign period nang hindi nya binabawi yung COC. Technically speaking, hindi pa sya sakop ng pagbabawal ng ibat ibang pagkilos, kasama na dyan yung fund raising.”

Nilinaw naman ni Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. na ang pag-oorganisa perse ng mga social gathering ay hindi maituturing na bawal kung walang aspeto ng fund raising na posibleng magamit na  campaign fund.

“Kahit na sumigaw pa sila ng ‘vote for me’ wala pa ring bawal, walang premature campaigning eh. Wala pang kandidato ngayon,so pwede nyo pang abusuhin kung gusto nyo. Hindi naman namin kayo huhulihin, pangit nga lang tignan.” (Pong Mercado & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

COMELEC to provide free online campaign airtime for 2022 national bets

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it has launched an official platform that will provide free live streaming of e-rallies of national candidates for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a news release, the COMELEC said the platform, called Campaign S.A.F.E COMELEC e-Rally Channel, will provide e-rally airtime to all bona fide candidates for President, Vice President, Senator, and party-list organizations.

Each candidate for president and vice president will be granted 10-minute airtime for each of three slots in a night, while Senate candidates will be given three minutes for every five slots a night.

Party-list groups will be provided with three minutes each for five slots per night while political parties will have 10 minutes each for three slots.

The poll body said the platform will begin the live streaming by February 8, 2022, when the campaign period for national candidates starts.

“The COMELEC is set to release a schedule of e-rally timeslots for each elective position. Beginning February 8, 2022, live streaming of e-rallies will be conducted every night on the official social media channels of the COMELEC,” it said.

“Every night, there shall be three presidential and three vice-presidential 10-minute slots, and 10 party-list 3-minute slots,” it added.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said the commission will issue the pertinent guidelines on how the candidates and party-list organizations can participate in the e-rally channel.

“This platform can help ensure that even those candidates who have less in followers can still have more in views and exposure, so to speak,” he added.

COMELEC eyes release of final list of 2022 poll bets on January 15

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is eyeing to release the final list of candidates for the May 2022 national and local elections by Saturday, January 15.

COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said they are also hoping to start the printing of official ballots by January 17.

Based on the poll body’s latest tentative list of candidates, there are 10 presidential aspirants for the upcoming elections.

The list includes former Palace Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, Labor Leader Leody de Guzman, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Faisal Mangondato, Jose Montemayor, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Vice President Leni Robredo.

Meanwhile, nine aspirants remain in the vice presidential race, while 64 are vying for a senate seat.

COMELEC exec denies data breach report

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – An official from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday labeled as fake news a newspaper report claiming that the poll body’s servers were hacked and its sensitive data were compromised.

In a tweet, COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon denied the report published by Manila Bulletin that hackers allegedly broke into COMELEC servers and downloaded 60 gigabytes worth of data.

“Fake news: @COMELEC server was hacked, not true. Manila Bulletin editor must verify,” she said.

The Manila Bulletin on Monday reported that its TechNews team has information about the supposed hacking that took place over the weekend. An estimated 60 gigabytes of data, which possibly contained personal information and sensitive personal information, were allegedly accessed and downloaded by a certain group of hackers.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez earlier questioned the veracity of the report and invited the authors to shed light on their allegations, particularly on the verification process they supposedly carried out to confirm the alleged incident.

The National Privacy Commission has ordered COMELEC, Manila Bulletin, and Mr. Art Samaniego to appear for a clarificatory meeting via teleconference on January 25 on the alleged hacking and data breach incident.

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