Sen. JV Ejercito contemplates on running as ‘Estrada’

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2018   •   2259


Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito | Photo via JV Ejercito Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joseph Ejercito is thinking very hard on whether to go with his nickname “JV Estrada” in filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) next week.

The Senator revealed his sentiment following his transfer to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

He admitted that his father, former President Joseph Estrada, is somehow disappointed over his exit from his father’s party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Despite his decision to shift parties, the Senator still gives utmost importance in maintaining his good relationship with his father that’s why he is considering to use his surname in the Senate race.

“I might use it. Ayaw ko namang sabihin ng tatay ko na para akong tumitiwalag na at talagang pinuputol ko. Wala akong balak putulin yung pagiging anak ko,” Ejercito said.  —  Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

Comelec cancels Edu Manzano’s bid for Congressional seat

Maris Federez   •   May 7, 2019

Former OMB Chairman Edu Manzano

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday canceled the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of actor Edu Manzano, who is running for a congressional seat for the lone district of San Juan City.

The 15-page Comelec Second Division decision reads that the poll body has granted the petition filed by Sophia Patricia Gil, a San Juan City resident, in November 2018 which claimed that Manzano misrepresented himself by declaring that he is a Filipino citizen when he filed his CoC for the May Midterm elections.

“Respondent is not a Filipino citizen at the time he filed his COC for a member of the House of Representatives for the lone district of San Juan City,” Comelec stated in its decision released on May 6.

It added that Manzano committed false material representation of his citizenship, prompting the poll body to cancel his COC.

Comelec said Manzano failed to re-acquire his Filipino citizenship at the time that he filed his COC in October last year.

Manzano lost his Filipino citizenship when he served as a member of the United States Army from 1973 to 1977, according to Section 1-4 of the Commonwealth Act (CA) No. 63.

Comelec explained that the “C.A. No. 63 is clear and explicit in stating that by rendering service to, or accepting commission in, the armed forces of a foreign country, a Filipino will lose his Philippine citizenship.”

Manzano became Makati vice mayor in 1998. He lost, however, when he took a mayoral bid in 2001. He had also run in the vice presidential and senatorial race in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

PNP to release list of election hotspots on October 17

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to release the list of election hotspots across the country on the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 17.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, however, named five areas where incidents of election-related violence are perennial.

These are Abra, Masbate, Lanao, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur.

Albayalde noted, however, that these areas are not the top five in the list because they are still finalizing their records.

“Ito iyong sinasabi natin na mga perrenial na andyan sa election watchlist areas (EWAs) na di nawawala tuwing election. Ilalabas natin ang final after the end of candidacy,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

Bato dela Rosa formally steps down as BuCor chief

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2018

Retired General Ronald dela Rosa (c)

MUNTINLUPA CITY, Philippines – Retired General Ronald dela Rosa has formally stepped down as director of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) following his filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections.

During Monday’s (October 15) flag raising ceremony at the New Bilibid Prison compound, Dela Rosa thanked his men for accompanying him in the past five months of being the BuCor chief.

Former Director of the Bureau of Customs Nicanor Faeldon will take over the Bucor following Dela Rosa’s resignation.

If given the chance to secure a seat in the Senate, Dela Rosa will push for the creation of a Department of Correction. – UNTV News and Rescue


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