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PNP at LGU, mahigpit na ipatutupad ang liquor ban sa May 8 at 9

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

FILE PHOTO: Liquor bar (REUTERS)

FILE PHOTO: Liquor bar (REUTERS)

MANILA, Philippines — Mahigpit na ipatutupad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at mga local government unit (LGU) ang liquor ban bago at sa mismong araw ng eleksyon sa susunod na buwan batay na rin sa nakasaad sa Omnibus Election Code (OEC).

Ayon kay PNP-PIO Chief P/CSupt. Wilben Mayor, kabilang sa mga babantayan ng pulisya ay ang bentahan at pagsisilbi ng alak sa iba’t-ibang establisyemento.

Ang liquor ban ay ipinatutupad upang maiwasan ang kaguluhan at pagboto ng mga botante habang nasa ilalim ng impluwensya ng alak.

Hinihikayat naman ng PNP ang publiko na isumbong sa kanila ang mga makikitang lalabag sa liquor ban sa pamamagitan ng kanilang hotline na 0917-8475757.

(UNTV News)

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Ex-NYC Chair Cardema to face raps for violation of Omnibus Election Code

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

An election lawyer believes that former National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Ronald Cardema may possibly face charges for violating the Omnibus Election Code.

Cardema has allegedly used government resources in campaigning for the Duterte Youth Party-list.

The controversy started when Cardema abandoned his position when he filed a petition for substitution before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the first nominee of the said party-list group on May 12 without seeking permission from the Office of the President or from the President himself.

Cardema reportedly filed the petition after the five nominees of the said party-list, including the Cardema’s wife, Ducielle Marie Suarez, withdrew from the nomination.

Election lawyer, Atty. Emilio Maranon III, said that once a government official files a certificate of substitution, he will be considered resigned from post.

“Yung fact na while under the law, it’s already deemed resigned, hindi pa po siya nag-resign. Parang, he’s trying to circumvent po ‘yung nakalagay doon sa batas. Kapag napatunayan na ginamit ‘yung pondo ng gobyerno or gamit ng gobyerno, sasakyan ng gobyerno, or kanyang posisyon sa pangangampanya e ito po ay pwedeng magamit laban sa kanya [The fact that while under the law, (he’s) already deemed resigned, but he stayed in office. It seems like he’s trying to circumvent what the law states. Once it’s proven that government fund, or equipment, or vehicle, or position was used in campaigning, it can be used against him],” said Maranon.

Duterte Youth won in the Midterm elections.

It was found out, however, that it was only on May 17 when Cardema resigned from his post.

Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code states government officials are barred from joining any partisan political activities.

Whoever violates this will be meted out one to six months suspension for first offense, and dismissal from service for second offense.

Meanwhile, in her twitter post, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon questioned Cardema’s substitution, pointing out that he is already over-aged to be a nominee of the youth party-list group.

“In the Certificate of Candidacy form of Cardema, he stated that he is qualified. But is he not over 30 years old? Duterte Youth registered as a youth sector party list,” said Guanzon’s tweet.

Cardema’s Facebook account, however, stated that he was born on April 13, 1986.

Section 9 of Republic Act 7941 or the Partylist Law provides that a nominee of a youth party-list group must be between 25 to 30 years old.

On his FB post, Cardema insisted that Duterte Youth is registered in Comelec as one to represent the youth and professional sectors; hence, there is no age limit.

The Comelec en Banc, on the other hand, has not issued any decision on Cardema’s petition for substitution. (with details from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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PNP apprehends over 300 liquor ban violators

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has apprehended at least 321 individuals in Metro Manila for violating the liquor ban in relation with Monday’s midterm elections.

The liquor ban is effective from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

READ: PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

The PNP said most of those arrested were from Quezon City with 200 apprehensions; 46 from Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and Navotas; 28 others were netted in Pasay, Makati, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig and Pateros while the rest were nabbed in Manila, San Juan, Pasig and Marikina.

Most of the persons arrested were caught in the act of engaging in a drinking session.

Aside from liquor ban, police also monitored alleged vote-buying incidents in parts of Metro Manila.

Around 134 persons were arrested for alleged vote-buying, and more than half a million pesos were recovered in seven operations that were launched by authorities. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

A 48-hour liquor ban will be imposed from May 12 to 13 in time for the Midterm National and Local Elections on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

The PNP said the liquor ban would take effect from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until 12 midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

“Ito ay bahagi ng ating security preparation na ipinatutupad para magkaroon tayo ng mapayapa at maayos na halalan sa Lunes,” PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Aside from the liquor ban, the PNP has been enforcing a gun ban, prohibiting the transportation or bearing of firearms and other deadly weapons during the election period from January 13 to June 12.

As of May 8, a total of 5,316 individuals have been arrested for violating the election gun ban, and more than 4,000 firearms and 42,000 other deadly weapons were confiscated.

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