Panukalang batas na naglalayong bigyang kapangyarihan ang mga Punong Barangay na mangasiwa ng panunumpa, tinalakay sa Senado

admin   •   August 20, 2014   •   5426

Sen. Bong Bong Marcos (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Isang panukalang batas ang inihain sa senado na naglalayong bigyang kapangyarihan ang mga Punong Barangay na mangasiwa ng panunumpa o oath of office ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan.

Layon ng Senate Bill 2334 na inihain ni Senator Bam Aquino na amyendahan ang Chapter 1, Section 41 ng Executive Order 292 (Administrative code of 1987), na magsasama sa mga barangay captain sa mga opisyal na may kapangyarihang mangasiwa ng panunumpa ng mga government official.

Sinabi ni Aquino na ang pag-administer ng oath ay pagkilala sa critical role ng ating mga punong barangay.

Sa ginawang pagdinig ng Senate Committee on Local Government sa pamumuno ni Sen. Bong Bong Marcos kahapon, napagkasunduang tanging mga elected at appointed na opisyal ng pamahalaan lamang ang maaaring manumpa sa mga punong barangay.

Nangangahulugan itong hindi na kasama rito ang mga private individual.

Napag-usapan rin ang masasakop at limitasyon ng mga barangay captain sa pag-administer ng panunumpa.

“Maliwanag naman, in terms of elected officials, it is the Comelec that will proclaim. Appointed officials, whoever is the appointing authority will be the one to determine who is the actual officer to proclaim and appointed to that position. So kahit na manumpa ang iba, that doesn’t change matters,” ani Marcos.

“This proposal has been taken up by the nat’l exec. board if the nat’l Liga ng mga Brgy, and they are all out in favor in this proposed bill amendments that will empower their membership in the local community na hindi na po sila mapipilayan and earn some sort of respect,” pahayag naman ni Atty. Carlos Abesamis, pinuno ng Legal Department ng Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas.

Sakaling maisabatas, masasama na ang mga barangay captain sa mga opisyal na maaring mangasiwa ng panunumpa bukod pa sa presidente, bise presidente, mga miyembro ng gabinete, mga senador at kongresista, at mga miyembro ng judiciary.

Ilan pa sa maaaring mag-administer ng oath ay ang mga gobernador, bise gobernador, city mayor, municipal mayor, bureau at regional directors, clerks of court at mga opisyal ng gobyerno na inappoint ng pangulo at subject sa confirmation ng Commission on Appointments.

Dagdag pa rito ang mga constitutional officer, public attorney’s office at notary public.

Matatandaang nang manalo si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa presidential elections noong 2010 ay gusto nitong manumpa sa barangay captain sa kanyang hometown sa Tarlac, at hindi nito kinilala ang appointment ni dating chief justice Renato Corona. Subalit sa huli, nanumpa ito kay Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, na siyang Associate Justice ng Supreme Court ng mga panahong iyon.

“By empowering the Punong Barangay to administer oaths is an affirmation and recognition of its critical role in our society. Aside from carrying out government programs and projects in the Barangay level, the Punong Barangay also serves as the leader and a source of legitimacy by its constituents,” pahayag pa ni Senador Aquino. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Voter registration in NCR Plus still suspended — COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Voter registration in the National Capital Region (NCR) and four nearby areas will remain suspended with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the NCR Plus, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced Monday.

In an advisory, COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said that voter registration in the NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal – tagged as NCR Plus – is still suspended and all election offices in the said areas will remain temporarily closed.

“From April 5 to 11, 2021, voter registration will still be suspended in all offices of the Election Officers (OEO) in NCR Plus, as well as in the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) in the main office and its satellite offices,” Jimenez said.

During the same period, the poll body said the issuance of voter’s certification in said OEOs and the COMELEC main office in Intramuros will likewise remain suspended.

“Despite the physical closure of COMELEC offices in NCR Plus, we will continue to discharge our duties and serve the public,” Jimenez said.

“For any concern, the various offices may be reached through their official email addresses which may be accessed at,” he added.

On Saturday, the national government extended the ECQ in NCR plus areas until April 11 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The poll body said that during this period, e-filing of documents may be done pursuant to the COMELEC guidelines on electronic filing.

“Under Resolution No. 10673, the COMELEC will continue receiving, via e-mail, petitions, verified pleadings, memoranda, comments, briefs, and other submissions, in PDF format,” Jimenez said.

For the rest of the country, COMELEC said voter registration will resume on April 5, Monday.

“Applications will be accepted from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. but the issuance of the voter’s certification is until 5 p.m. Friday is the COMELEC-designated disinfection day, in addition to the LGU-prescribed disinfection, if any,” it added.

E-filing of petitions, political party registration to continue amid ECQ in NCR Plus – Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   March 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced it will continue to accept online filing of petitions for registration of party-list organizations and political parties despite the re-imposition of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring provinces.

Under Resolution 10673, COMELEC said it will continue receiving, via e-mail, petitions, verified pleadings, memoranda, comments, briefs, and other submissions in PDF format.

“With the rapidly approaching March 31, 2021 deadline for the filing of petitions for registration of party-list organizations and the submission of manifestations of intent to participate, we expect a massive influx of petitions in the coming week,” COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement on Sunday

He also said that e-mails sent to the address and received by the 5 p.m. deadline will be considered filed on time.”

“The payment of docket fees and other legal fees for the petition for registration of party-list organizations also need to be done on or before March 31, 2021,” Jimenez emphasized.

After filing through e-mail, the poll body said that the filing party shall send, through the fastest means available, hard copies of all petitions, pleadings, and other submissions, with complete annexes in four hard copies.

Proof of payment of the required fees, deposits, and fines, if any, should also be submitted.

The NCR and four nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal have been placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 to curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Comelec shortens voter registration hours, suspends satellite registration due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Maris Federez   •   March 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday announced that voter registration hours will be shortened due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide.

The poll body also announced the temporary suspension of registration in all its satellite outlets.

“From March 22, 2021 until April 4, 2021, all offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) nationwide will accept applications for voter registration from Mondays to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The issuance of voter certification, however, will be until 5 p.m.” Comelec said in a press release dated March 20.

“The conduct of satellite registration in barangay halls, daycare centers, covered courts, and other satellite offices nationwide will likewise be suspended until further notice,” it added.

Disinfection activities will be conducted every Friday, Comelec said. However, in areas where local government units concerned prescribed a disinfection day other than Friday, affected OEOs will also be closed to the public on such day, in addition to the Comelec-prescribed disinfection day.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public to comply with the strictly implemented health protocols when going to Comelec offices.

“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory. To minimize physical contact, an online accomplishment of the application form and setting of appointment via is encouraged,” Jimenez said.

The Comelec official also advised those with appointments on days when voter registration is no longer conducted to contact their OEO for instructions or rebooking.

Prior to these adjustments, voter registration was conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

The voter registration period to participate in the May 2022 elections will be until Sept. 30, 2021, the statement said. —/mbmf




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