Nationwide Gun Ban, Ipinatupad na Kasabay ng Pagsisimula ng Election Period

admin   •   January 14, 2013   •   2837

Isa sa mga COMELEC Checkpoint na tinatauhan ng mga PNP personnel. (UNTV News)

Isa sa mga COMELEC Checkpoint na tinatauhan ng mga PNP personnel. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Naging maayos ang unang araw ng pagpapatupad ng nationwide gun ban kasabay ng pagsisimula ng election period kahapon, Enero 13.

Sa pag-iikot ni Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. sa ilang checkpoint sa Metro Manila, sinabi nitong kuntento siya sa pagpapatupad ng pulisya sa random checkpoint.

“Very courteous yung mga pulis maayos naman sila at hindi naman nagtatagal kasi tinitingnan namin yung epekto ng tumitigil eh kung nagkaka-epekto sa traffic pero hindi naman mabilis naman eh,” pahayag ni Brillantes.

Muli namang nagpaalala ang Comelec na kailangang sa maliwanag na lugar ilalagay ang checkpoint, unipormado ang mga pulis na naka-duty at hindi bababa sa tinyente o inspector ang ranggo.

Dapat rin ay hindi lalagpas sa sampung segundo ang engagement ng pulis sa motorista at plain view lamang ang maaari nilang tingnan gamit ang flashlight. (Pong Mercado, UNTV News)

Voter registration resumes Jan. 20, except in Taal-hit areas — Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday announced that the voter registration for the 2022 presidential elections will resume nationwide on Monday, January 20, except in some areas in Batangas and Cavite that were affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said voter registration in municipalities and towns of Batangas located within the immediate danger zone and other areas surrounding the Taal Volcano will be suspended.

These places include:

  • Agoncillo
  • Alitagtag
  • Balete
  • Laurel
  • Lemery
  • Mataas na Kahoy
  • San Nicolas
  • San Teresita
  • Taal
  • Talisay

Voter registration will also be suspended in the following localities outside Taal zone but still affected by ashfall, earthquakes, impassable roads and power interruptions:

  • Balayan, Batangas
  • Cuenca, Batangas
  • Lian, Batangas
  • Mabini, Batangas
  • Mabini, Batangas
  • San Luis, Batangas
  • Tuy, Batangas
  • Tagaytay, Cavite
  • Alfonso, Cavite
  • Amadeo, Cavite
  • Indang, Cavite
  • Silang, Cavite

Jimenez said the resumption of the voter registration in areas affected by Taal Volcano unrest will be “contingent on the ability of those places to recover and return to normalcy.”

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which signifies an imminent hazardous explosion, despite decreasing emissions. The volcano belched ash and smoke last Sunday, January 12, which sent thousands of residents scrambling to safety.

Aside from these areas, Comelec said the resumption of voter registration will also be deferred in Makilala, North Cotabato which was hit by a strong earthquake last December 2019.

Registration is also postponed in 24 municipalities in Palawan province to give way to the May 11, 2020 plebiscite on the proposal to split the province into three areas.

As for the rest of the country, the poll body said the application and updating of records will be done at the Office of the Election Officer from Mondays to Saturdays including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day or on May 9, 2022; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; and must have lived in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before election day.

The registration period will run until September 30, 2021, except on the following dates:

  • April 9, 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
  • April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
  • December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
  • April 1, 2021 (Maundy Thursday)
  • April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)

Comelec also said that registered voters as of May 13, 2019 midterm elections need not apply anew.

DFA calls on deactivated overseas voters to re-register for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   December 5, 2019

 (FILE) Filipino household workers who were repatriated from Kuwait show their documents as they arrive at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, 21 February 2018. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday called on overseas Filipino workers (OFW)to re-register in order to vote in the 2022 Presidential elections.

The DFA made the call following information from its overseas voting secretariat that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it deactivated a total of 578,185 overseas voters for failing to participate in the last national and local elections in 2016 and 2019.

The DFA said deactivated overseas voters may re-register when registration opens from December 16, 2019 to September 30, 2021 at the following areas:

  • Any Philippine Embassy, Consulate General, Mission, or Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)

The DFA said that all Filipino citizens who expect to be abroad from April 9 to May 9, 2022 during the overseas voting period for the 2022 Presidential Elections, and are at least 18 years old on May 9, 2022 and not otherwise disqualified by law, may register as an overseas voter at the said locations.

OFWs, as well as immigrants, seafarers and students who are about to leave for abroad and are not yet registered as overseas voters may also register on the said dates.

PNP suspends permit to carry firearms for 30th SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will enforce a gun ban in Metro Manila, Central Luzon (Region 3), and CALABARZON (Region 4A) and in the whole province of La Union in view of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The PNP announced on Saturday (November 16) that the suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in these areas will be in effect from November 20 to December 14, 2019.

A memorandum released by the national police said the gun ban is part of the security measures it has laid for the event to ensure that the activities will be free from firearm-related incidents.

It added that the measure will be enforced to ensure the safety of the populace as well as of the local and foreign athletes.

Exempted from the gun ban are the police, soldiers and other members of law enforcement agencies in uniform, and the participants in the SEA Games shooting competition. /mbmf

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