Sara Duterte rejoins Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021   •   479

MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential aspirant, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio rejoined Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), just a week after resigning from the regional party.

In a statement, the HNP confirmed that Duterte-Carpio is once again the chairperson of HNP after she took her oath in Davao City.

“On behalf of the officers and members of HNP throughout Davao region, we welcome back our beloved Mayor Sara. Padayon ta sa paglupad! “ said Anthony Del Rosario, HNP’s secretary general.

Last week, Duterte-Carpio resigned from HNP, a party she founded, to join the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD). This move paved the way for her to file her candidacy for a national post through substitution.

She also took over the chairmanship of Lakas-CMD, under which she is running for vice president in the 2022 elections.

 “Mayor Sara’s re-appointment as our Chairperson became possible as both parties’ Constitution and By-Laws do not prohibit membership and appointment as officer, since HNP is a regional political party,” Del Rosario said.

“Mayor Sara’s role as concurrent Chairperson of both HNP and Lakas-CMD will further strengthen the alliance between the two parties. An alliance that will promote a strong people-centered development throughout Davao Region and the Philippines,” he added.

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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