Parlade files COC for president

Maris Federez   •   November 15, 2021   •   393

MANILA, Philippines — Former National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) spokesperson Antonio Parlade Jr. on Monday (November 15) filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as substitute candidate for president in the 2022 national and local elections.

The controversial former government official is running under Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino party (KDP).

He filed his COC to replace KDP’s original presidential bet, Antonio “Butch” Valdez who withdrew his candidacy last Saturday, 13 November.

Valdez, a former undersecretary of the Department of Education and the head of the KDP was the one who named Parlade as his substitute for the post.

Parlade has made controversial headlines for allegedly “red-tagging” lawmakers, organizations, and even celebrities.

In July, Parlade resigned as NTF ELCAC spokesperson to ease the pressure to the body which, at that time, was being questioned by legislators for designating him to the position despite him being in the active service.

Parlade, at that time, was also serving as the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) chief. —/mbmf

Cusi-led PDP-Laban wing asks COMELEC to reopen COC filing period, postpone printing of ballots

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to reopen the period for the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, the group said it has filed a petition urging the reopening of the COC filing as the poll body cannot yet print official ballots due to pending petitions.

The party filed the petition more than a month after the deadline for the COC filing lapsed on November 15.

“The party believes that the COMELEC should re-open and allow the filing of COC’s for National and Local candidates in view of the fact that it cannot, and should not, proceed with printing of ballots for the 2022 elections while several cases affecting candidates and party-lists are still pending before it”, said Atty. Melvin Matibag, Secretary General of PDP Laban said.

The PDP-Laban has no candidate for president in next year’s polls.

In its petition, the PDP-Laban wing said it did not have enough time “to remedy the political vacuum” that was created by the withdrawal of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s candidacy for president.

Dela Rosa’s candidacy appeared to be a last-minute decision of the group.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go initially filed his candidacy for vice president under the PDP-Laban but later ditched the bid after presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte filed her COC for vice president.

Go then filed his COC for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which is an ally of the PDP-Laban. Go, in the end, withdrew his election bid.

“We are asking the COMELEC to review its self-imposed deadlines in the interest of the electorate. This petition will benefit everyone and should be intently considered by the Commission,” he added.

COMELEC earlier said it is still resolving petitions, including the ones questioning the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.

The poll body is looking to finalize and release the official list of candidates for 2022 polls on January 7, 2022, and start the printing of ballots by January 12.

Comelec to hold nationwide mock elections on Dec. 29

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold a nationwide mock election on Wednesday (December 29) as part of its preparation for the coming 2022 national and local elections.

According to the Comelec Education and Information Division, the mock elections will be conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR) and six provinces in different parts of the country.

In Luzon, the mock elections will be done in the provinces of Isabela and Albay.

In Visayas, it will be conducted in Negros Oriental and in Leyte; while in Mindanao, it will be held in Davao del Sur.

The mock elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be held in the province of Maguindanao.

For the NCR, mock elections will be conducted in Pateros, Taguig City, and Pasay City.

It will start at 7 in the morning and will end at 5 in the afternoon.

“As far as the turnout does not really the issue. Hindi tayo naghahabol ng mataas na turnout ang hinahabol natin ay makita how the system performs,” Comelec spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said.

A total of 34 barangays will be used in the mock elections to be participated in by 20,000 registered voters with each clustered precinct to accommodate around 500 to 600 voters.

“Basta ang average niya is around 500 to 600 voters per precinct there are some medyo malalaki yong bilang lke 786 yung isang clustered precinct and there are small precincts relative speaking like this one which has only 441,” Jimenez said.

The mock election will be conducted from end to end, meaning from the moment the voter sets foot in the polling precinct up to the counting to votes in the canvassing area.

The mock elections will direct the voters to vote for all national and local positions indicated in the 30-inch long ballot bearing fictitious names for each electoral position. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Palace thanks Congress for speedy ratification of 2022 national budget

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2021

Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday thanked Congress for its efforts to immediately ratify the proposed P5 trillion national budget for the year 2022.

“The Palace thanks Congress for working overtime to expeditiously ratify the proposed 2022 National Budget,” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Nograles said next year’s budget vital to the country’s response and recovery efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We consider next year’s budget vital to support our country’s COVID-19 resilience initiatives and to sustain our socioeconomic recovery efforts,” he said.

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the bicameral committee report on the proposed 2022 budget.

The country’s budget for next year will have as much as P50 billion for special risk allowances for medical frontliners, almost P48 billion for COVID-19 booster shots, and P15 billion to P16 billion for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), based on portions approved by he House.

The measure will now be sent to President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval and signature.

“As we await its transmittal to the Office of the President, we reiterate our commitment to utilize our people’s hard-earned money to properly implement programs, projects, and services effectively and efficiently during the remainder of the President’s term of office,” Nograles said.

“We are grateful to our partners in the Legislature for ensuring that the Duterte Administration’s last full-year budget will sustain the legacy of real change for future generations,” he added.

Lawmakers earlier expressed hope that Duterte will sign the measure before the year ends to avoid a reenacted budget.

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