PDP-Laban Cusi-wing denies Bato’s filing of COC as ‘last-minute decision’

Maris Federez   •   October 11, 2021   •   345

MANILA, Philippines — The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) Cusi faction on Monday denied that the move of Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa to file his certificate of candidacy for president in the 2022 national and local elections was a last-minute decision.

Atty. Melvin Matibag, the faction’s Secretary-General, said Senator Dela Rosa was not a last-minute candidate because he was actually among the group’s list of choices.

Matibag said that they are, in fact, already making preparations for the caravan of the Bato-Go tandem.

“Kasi kung last minute, 4:59 na yun. Hindi naman kami nag file ng 5 o’clock eh. May pag-uusap sa kanya. Of course, alam niya yun. You can speculate a lot of things pero sa totoo dumaan lahat sa proseso yan,” Matibag said.

“Ito pwede niyong itaga sa bato na simula ngayong araw na to, we will be campaigning for the tandem of Senator Bato and Senator Bong Go,” he added.

Matibag, however, said that they are still open to the possibility that their presidential bet will change as there is still the provision in the election law of substitution of candidates until November 15.

Senator Bato, meanwhile, said that he is ready to give way in the event that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio decides to run for president.

“Kahit di ako sabihan alam ko na na pwedeng magkaroon ng replacement. Tingnan natin hanggang […] November 15,” Dela Rosa said.

“Pag sa PDP, i-accept niya yung offer ng PDP to become our standard bearer then, by all means, I will withdraw and papalit siya,” he added.

He said he will support Mayor Sara’s candidacy even if it is not under the PDP-Laban ticket.

Nevertheless, Dela Rosa said that in case Mayor Sara will not change her decision, he is ready to take on the challenge of the presidency. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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)

PNP ready to assist in COMELEC’s mock elections – Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is prepared to provide assistance in the conduct of the mock elections on December 29.

PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said the nationwide mock elections set to be conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will help the police force to observe the actual flow of process for the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections.

“We will be waiting for the official advisory from Comelec regarding the planned mock elections. But definitely, the PNP is willing to extend assistance for this activity,” Carlos said in a statement.

The PNP chief said that this pre-election activity will also help the police force in determining strategic plan for the deployment and evaluation on the aspects that need improvement.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, the PNP personnel are not allowed to inside the voting precincts, but are assigned to maintain peace and order around the vicinity.

The PNP will also be tasked to secure the transportation of ballots and other election paraphernalia.

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