No decision yet on Pimentel, Osmeña disqualification cases – Comelec

Marje Pelayo   •   January 28, 2019   •   2116


(L-R) Former Senator Sergio Osmeña III and re-electionist Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Sergio Osmeña III and re-electionist Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III are both included in the recently released list of senatorial candidates for the 2019 midterm polls.

But it doesn’t follow however, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), that the two candidates are cleared of their respective disqualification cases.

“Ang clarification kaninang umaga, it would appear na wala pang lumalabas na decision sa dalawang kaso na iyan. Basically they are on the list provided by the Law Department because they are not nuisance candidates,” clarified Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.

Senator Koko Pimentel is facing two disqualification cases for allegedly breaching the two consecutive term limit on a senator’s tenure.

He first won in 2007 but he was only proclaimed in August 2011 when the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) favored his election protest against Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Meanwhile, the Comelec Campaign Finance Office petitioned to disqualify Osmeña due to his non-submission of his statement of contribution and expenditures (SOCE) when he ran in the senatorial race in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

Jimenez explained, Pimentel and Osmeña’s names will still be included in the ballots if their respective disqualification cases remain unresolved until the first week of February when the official printing of election ballots commences.

Kung nagpi-printing na then, yes, it will remain. And if they are somehow disqualified then, notice will go out,” Jimenez said.

“So it is possible that they also be substituted because substitution after November 29 is available for candidates running with political parties and for reasons of death or disqualification,” he explained further.

The National Printing Office remains on status quo unless the Comelec en banc and Law Department decide on Pimental and Osmeña’s cases until the final printing of ballots begin. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Supreme Courts issues TRO vs COMELEC’s decision to cancel Senate bet COC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) decision to declare as a nuisance and cancel the certificate of candidacy of a senatorial aspirant.

In a document posted by the SC Public Information Office on Twitter, the high court granted the petition of Norman Cordero Marquez, assailing the poll body’s decision to cancel his candidacy for the May 2022 elections.

The SC said the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance.

Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, the court said it has required the COMELEC to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice.

“Now, therefore, respondent COMELEC is hereby required to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof,” the document read.

“Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and continuing until further orders this court,” it added.

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.

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