Salceda on Mayor Sara running under PDP-Laban: ‘Unlikely’

Maris Federez   •   November 10, 2021   •   227

MANILA, Philippines — The possibility of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte running under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the 2022 national and local elections is now very unlikely, according to Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda during a virtual presser Wednesday (November 10).

“Ayaw niya nga may gulo pa kasi sa COMELEC ang PDP, kaya obviously hindi siya dun tatakbo,” he said.

The solon said Mayor Sara will likely run under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD).

Salceda added that Duterte could have filed her certificate of candidacy for the presidency had there been no hindrance that occurred during the filing period.

“That shows her unyielding firmness towards that purpose. There were hurdles put on her way […] May mga conditionalities, or whatever. So ngayon wala na yun. It’s simply there were hurdles, that’s why she did not file on the 1st day,” Salceda explained.

He, however, refused to specify the said hurdles against the young Duterte’s plans for the presidency.

Salceda also refuted claims that Mayor Sara is duplicating President Rodrigo Duterte’s stunt in 2016 when he was branded as the “last-minute candidate.”

“I violently disagree. She would have filed on the first day without those conditionalities […] I know that because that’s our chat,” he said.

He said there is nothing left to do but wait for further development on Mayor Sara’s political plans before November 15, the deadline for the filing of substitution of candidates for the 2022 elections.

Meanwhile, the PDP-Laban Cusi wing said it is on the lookout for Mayor Sara’s next moves.

“PDP Laban watches with keen interest the developments on Sara Duterte’s decision to withdraw her certificate of candidacy for Davao City Mayor, especially considering the public support she enjoys,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, PDP-Laban President.

Cusi said that no matter what her decisions will be will surely affect the country’s political landscape.

“In any event, her actions, including any decision to run for a national elective office, will most certainly affect the political landscape,” he said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

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)

Sara Duterte backs 7 Senate bets

Robie de Guzman   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has named the seven senatorial candidates on her list for the 2022 elections.

In a tweet on Tuesday Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) said Sara’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, tops the list.

Duterte is seeking a Senate seat in next year’s polls.

Other candidates under her slate are former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, resigned Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, former Defense Secretary Gibo Teodoro, former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, and Antique Representative Loren Legarda.

Sara Duterte-Carpio made the announcement on Tuesday. She is currently the chairperson of Lakas-CMD.

The Davao City mayor is running with presidential aspirant, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

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