by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — A strong earthquake rocked parts of Luzon on Monday, April 22.
In a bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was recorded at 5:11 p.m.
The quake has a depth of 21 kilometers and its epicenter was located in Castillejos, Zambales.
The following intensities were felt in these areas:
San Felipe, Zambales
Dasmariñas, Cavite | via @phivolcs_dost
Phivolcs warned that aftershocks and damage are expected.
Due to the strong quake, the management of the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) suspended its train operations on Monday at around 5:18 p.m.
LRT-2 Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera wrote on his twitter account that “All stations are closed for passenger entry, pending inspection and assessment of all facilities and systems due to earthquake.”
In view of the earthquake felt in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Philippine National Police (PNP) asked the public to remain calm and follow the drill and procedures on earthquake if necessary.
The PNP also assured readiness in responding for any call for help.
“We assure our people that the PNP will stay to provide security, remain alert, and ready to respond for any call for help,” said PNP Spokesperson COL. Bernard Banac. — Robie de Guzman
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has laid out a contingency plan in case of an earthquake or any emergency during the election day on May 13.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is tasked to make sure that no voters will be left inside the polling precinct in case of an earthquake; while the Board of Election Inspectors are tasked to secure the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and ballots inside it.
“Ultimately the most important consideration here is the safety of the voting public. And we want to make sure that if there are voting precincts operating in those areas, that they should be safe and that they have not been damaged either by the primary quake or the aftershocks,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
He added, “If the VCMs cannot be taken out or the VCMs cannot be protected, then the school is locked down.”
The police is also under the instruction to secure the polling place.
For emergency cases like earthquakes and other calamities, Comelec will have to declare a failure of elections. However, this will depend on the severity of its effect in the country.
Meanwhile, Comelec has warned the public not to easily believe posts online such as the viral video that showed pre-shaded ballots.
Jimenez clarified that these ballots are fake, and he refuted the claim of the video uploader that the VCM will read votes detected by UV light.
“Iyong idea na mababasa ng makina iyong UV mark doon sa bilog sa tabi ng pangalan is wrong. Iyong ating scanner ay nagbabasa ng visible marks. Kailangan niyang makita iyong marka. Ang UV mark ay invisible. The fact that some names were supposedly had pre- shaded, pre- shading. Obviously political agenda ang nasa ilalim nito, (The idea that the machine will read UV marks in the circle is wrong. Our scanner reads visible marks. It needs to see the mark. UV marks are invisible. Obviously there is a political agenda under it),” he said.—(with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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