Revilla offers Lakas-CMD chairmanship to Sara Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2021   •   294

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Wednesday said he has offered the chairmanship post of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) to vice presidential aspirant, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

In a statement, Revilla said this is an expression of his full support for Duterte’s candidacy in next year’s elections.

“In full support of Mayor Sara Duterte’s candidacy for vice president, I am offering her my post as chairman of Lakas-CMD,” he said.

Revilla currently serves as the party’s chairperson.

“I have full trust and confidence in Mayor Sara Duterte’s leadership, I believe that she will steer the Party towards victory in 2022,” he added.

The camp of Duterte has yet to respond to Revilla’s offer, as of posting time.

The presidential daughter joined Lakas-CMD last November 11 after resigning from her regional party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

She later filed her certificate of candidacy for vice president through substitution.

On Tuesday, Sara confirmed she would be running in the next year’s polls in tandem with presidential aspirant, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

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.

PNP nabs 5 violators on first day of election gun ban

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Five persons were arrested on the first day of the implementation of the election gun ban on January 9, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported.

In a statement, the PNP said two were nabbed at checkpoints in Metro Manila and three in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office identified the apprehended individuals as Wendell Datoy, and Earon Jay Mascara, and his 17-year old companion.

Police said Datoy was arrested after he failed to show any authorization when he was found carrying a caliber .45 pistol during an inspection at a checkpoint along Barangay Poblacion in Zamboanga Sibugay around 12:50 a.m.

Mascara and his companion, who were in possession of a replica model 1911, were nabbed after they were intercepted by police in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Kabasalan in Zamboanga Sibugay around 4:15 a.m.

In Metro Manila, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Police Major General Vicente Danao Jr. identified the two arrested individuals as Jerwin Gubaton and John Paul Dunlao.

Gubaton was initially intercepted at a checkpoint along C4 road, Brgy. Bagumbayan North, Navotas City for not wearing a face mask but when he alighted from his tricycle, a caliber .38 tucked under his waistband fell to the ground.

“Gubaton was promptly arrested and booked for violation of Republic Act 10591 and the Omnibus Election Code,” police said.

Dunlao was initially stopped at a separate checkpoint along Rotonda, Amparo Subdivision, Brgy. 179, Caloocan City for not wearing a helmet, but police found a caliber .38 with four live ammunition in his possession as he was reaching for the motorcycle papers from his belt bag.

“These early results of our strict implementation of COMELEC Resolution No. 10728 more or less describe the overall aggressiveness of police operations against violators of election law,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The gun ban took effect on January 9, which marks the start of the period for the May 2022 national and local elections. The election period will last until June 8.

Carlos reminded the public that during the nationwide gun ban, the permit to carry firearms outside of residence for civilians is suspended.

Law enforcers, including police officers, are exempted from the ban “as long as they bring their issued firearms while in uniform and in the performance of official duty.”

“It should be understood that only on-duty police personnel, clearly identified as members of the PNP are allowed to carry their firearms,” Carlos said.

“Any citizen may report to the PNP any police personnel abusing or violating this rule. We want to maintain discipline among our personnel,” he added.

Carlos also reminded police personnel that COMELEC checkpoints are limited to visual search only.

“But if the need arises, especially under conditions authorized by law, the police may conduct further inspection,” Carlos said.

“Any person with firearms will be courteously asked to show a copy of a valid Certificate of Authority that exempts him/her from the gun ban. If none, then the individual can be a candidate for violating the COMELEC Rules,” he added.

Persons violating the gun ban may be charged with illegal possession of firearms, in accordance with Comelec Resolution 10741 that mandates the establishment of checkpoints and prohibition of bearing, carrying, and transporting firearms or other deadly weapons.

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