Robredo announces Senate slate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021   •   631

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has announced the Robredo-Pangilinan tandem senatorial slate for the May 2022 national and local elections consisting of eleven candidates.

Robredo made the announcement on Friday (October 15) at the Rotary Club of Manila’s 16th Membership Meeting where she was guest of honor and speaker.

“After we announce our senatorial slate, you will see that our slate is composed of representatives from many different parties. At most, we would only have, I think, three from the Liberal Party,” she said.

The lineup includes former Senator Sonny Trillanes, senators Risa Hontiveros, and Leila De Lima, Human Rights Lawyer Chel Diokno, former Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, and Alex Lacson.

Meanwhile, senators Richard Gordon, Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, former senator and Sorsogon Governor Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, and former vice president Jejomar Binay are also on the list as guest candidates.

These five candidates are also included in the Lacson-Sotto ticket.

Robredo said that they are still in the process of selecting the 12th candidate that will complete their lineup.

She said they want to ensure that the marginalized sector will be very well represented.

Robredo added that they are choosing between Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and Atty. Sonny Matula of Nagkaisa and Federation of Free Workers who both have filed their certificates of candidacy for senator.

Meanwhile, Atty. Chel Diokno said he is honored for being selected.

“It’s an honor na maging bahagi ng Senate slate ni VP Leni Robredo at Sen. Kiko Pangilinan. This is a clear sign na sa pamumuno nila, kabilang sa priority ang trabaho nating lagyan ng ngipin ang batas,” he said.

Diokno, who is the chairperson of the Free Legal Assistance Group, will run under the Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KANP).

“Nagpapasalamat din kami ng KANP na makasama ang iba’t ibang partido sa labang ito, kahit pa bago lang kami. Nakakabuhay ng loob makita yung pagkakaisa sa Senate slate na ito—at handang-handa na kami magtulungan at lumaban para sa matino, mahusay, at makatarungang pamumuno,” Diokno added.

Sen. Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri also expressed gratitude for his inclusion in the said slate.

“As an independent candidate, I am thankful to be included in Vice President Leni Robredo’s senatorial slate for the 2022 elections,” Zubiri said.

The lawmaker also thanked Senators Panfilo Lacson and Manny Pacquiao for also including him in their respective senatorial lineups.

“I still remain an independent candidate—at the end of the day, ang loyalty ko po ay sa taumbayan, hindi sa anumang partido. But as a team player, I am willing and able to work alongside anyone who shares in our goal of serving the Filipino people first,” Zubiri added.

On the other hand, Makabayan Chairman Neri Colmenares who was not included in the initial list said it was the vice-president’s prerogative.

“Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision on who to include in her senatorial slate is her prerogative as the Presidential candidate. My non-inclusion in her slate at this time is based on what she thinks is best for the interest of her candidacy,” he said.

Colmenares, however, thanked Justice Antonio Carpio and the 1Sambayan group for including him among their senatorial bets.

He underscored that his “resolve to run for the Senate is based on the need to give the poor and marginalized a strong voice in the legislature.”

“We, in Makabayan, have always relied on the support of various groups and the people for progressive and pro-people independent candidates like me,” Colmenares further stated.  —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Eleazar to join Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate

Maris Federez   •   November 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar is setting his eyes on a seat in the Senate under Partido Reporma.

Partido Reporma’s presidential bet, Senator Panfilo Lacson, confirmed this development through a text message to reporters Saturday morning.

Eleazar will replace Paolo Capino who withdrew his candidacy. Capino, a person with disability, would have been the representative of the differently-abled sector in the Senate.

“Yes, I confirm that he will run under Partido Reporma to substitute for Paolo Capino who has announced his intention to withdraw from the senatorial race yesterday,” Lacson said.

Eleazar officially retired from the police force Saturday (November 13) upon reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 56, serving as police chief for only six months. —/mbmf

Vaccination, not a requirement to vote — Comelec

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) maintains that there is no law that requires a person to get vaccinated first before he or she can vote in the May 2022 national and local elections.

According to Comelec Deputy Executive Director for Operations Atty. Teofisto Elnas, a voter will not be asked to present his vaccination card come election day.

“Lalo na ina-anticipate natin na on election day na meron at meron pang walang vaccination or yung mga taong hindi nagpa-vaccine for whaterver reason makakaboto pa rin sila and they are not to present ‘yong vaccination card,” Elnas said.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez, meanwhile, said there is no alternative way for a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient or those in an isolation facility to vote during the elections.

“Paano naman ‘yong may mga sakit din? May pneumonia, may cancer? Hindi naman sila makakaboto. So if you’re sick, we recommend that you stay for treatment or if you are contagious, stay away from people. I think that’s, shall we say, fair,” Jimenez said.

The poll body, however, said that they are willing to extend the voting hours so that more voters will be given the opportunity to cast their votes.

“Just in case at the end of the voting hours meron at meron pa ring mga botante na nakapila or mga botante within the voting center, uubusin yan hanggang matapos yan. Tatapusin yan. So, in effect mag-i-extend tayo ng voting hours natin,” Elnas said.

Comelec reminds voters that wearing face masks and face shields will be strictly implemented on election day.

Voter registration is still ongoing until October 30.

As of September 30, Comelec has recorded 63 million registered voters. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Leni-Kiko tandem completes senatorial slate with labor leader Sonny Matula

Maris Federez   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The senatorial slate of Vice President Leni Robredo-Senator Kiko Pangilinan tandem is already complete.

Robredo announced Friday that labor leader Attorney Sonny Matula will complete the 12-candidate senatorial lineup for the 2022 national and local elections.

VP Leni earlier stated that they have been careful in considering the inclusion of Matula in the lineup to represent the progressive group.

“Kinailangang suriin ang pagkabuo ng loob nilang makiisa sa ating misyon. Sinabi ko na rin gusto ko, ang huling Senador natin, progresibo at kasapi rin ng batayang sektor katulad ng ibang mga kahanay natin,” Robredo said.

Robredo added that Matula has a clean track record and they are certain that he will be able to promote workers’ rights. —/mbmf


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