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Untransmitted election returns, crucial in senatorial bet rankings — PPCRV

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) believes that the remaining election returns that haven’t been transmitted yet are critical to the result of the senatorial race.

The citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that the untransmitted ERs could greatly affect the standing of the candidates in the last spots of the Magic 12.

PPCRV executive director Maribel Buenaobra said, “It’s going to be significant for those who are hanging by the scale of thirteen and the fourteen. But for the others from 1 to 10, it’s not going to be significantly changed. The remaining precincts who have yet to transmit might change those who are on the 12th, 13th and 14th.”

The PPCRV said they have encountered challenges in the transmission of the 4th election copy of the election returns to the command center for the validation process.

“Because some of the VCMs malfunctioned, they were unable to print election returns, so we were verifying that with the Commission on Elections,” Buenaobra said.

She added, “The delay in providing us with the election return really depended on how soon that the ERs were printed. Secondly, the physical distance. We were waiting for election returns of Visayas and Mindanao and some of them are coming from island provinces.”

The PPCRV further said it is still early to make an overall assessment of the election process.

Meanwhile, the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) on Wednesday urged Comelec to exert all efforts to transmit all the ERs, believing that the remaining number could greatly affect the senatorial contest.

In a press statement, Namfrel said that “Comelec municipal and provincial election officers should exert all efforts to transmit unreported ERs to reduce the 2.25 percent untransmitted ERs because the numbers are critical in the senatorial contest where the figures among those in Numbers 10 to 14 positions are very close.”

“Assume a 75% turnout rate in the election, one gets an average 541 votes per ER. If there are still 1,930 untransmitted ERs with 541 votes per ER, you get a total unreported 1,043,721 votes,” Namfrel explained.

“This number is large enough to reorder the positions in the senatorial race, and most importantly, define without doubt the No. 12 or the last slot placer. The margin of votes between the current 10th to the 14th placer now stands at 398,000 well within the 1,043,721 unaccounted votes,” it added. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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Youth groups stage protest vs Cardema’s congressional bid as Duterte Youth rep

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Youth groups congregated in front of the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to protest against the congressional bid of former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema under the Duterte Youth party list.

Kabataan Partylist, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny and other youth groups voiced their opposition to Cardema’s bid and appeal to Comelec to junk the former official’s petition for a seat in Congress.

This, they say, will give Comelec the opportunity to prove that the last election was indeed fraud-free.

The group stressed that Cardema is not qualified to represent a youth group.

Comelec commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Luie Tito Guia had earlier stated Cardema cannot take a seat in Congress under the Duterte Youth party list for several grounds:

  1. that Cardema was not able to comply with the submission of documents when the Duterte Youth filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA); and
  2. that Cardema already past the age requirement of 30 for a youth representative

Comelec is yet to come up with a final decision. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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Comelec delays decision until petition vs Cardema is resolved

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Former National Youth Commission Chair Ronald Cardema

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to come up with a final decision on the case of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairman Ronald Cardema as a new petition has been filed before the poll body against his nomination as Duterte Youth representative.

Former Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday (June 17) filed a petition before the poll body to reject Cardema’s substitution bid.

Comelec First Division resumed hearing on Wednesday.  

“Pangalawa na po ito at pirmado ng mga Abugadong si Atty Sixto Brillantes at si Atty Romulo Macalintal. Dahil dito may hearing po ang First Division,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said.

She added, “maaaring ma- consolidate o isasabay na ang pagdedesisyon sa mga kasong ito para mapadali ang pag- resolusyon.”

Guanzon also said that they will not release their final decision until the hearings on all the petitions against Cardema’s bid for a congressional seat.

Guanzon and Commissioner Luie Tito Guia also stressed that Cardema cannot assume the position as the representative of Duterte Youth because he and the party-list group were not able to comply with the submission of documents when they filed their Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA).

The two Comelec officials added that Cardema is already past the required age of 30.

Under Republic Act 7941 or the Party-list System Act, youth party-list representatives must be within 25 and 30 age range.

Cardema’s camp, on the other hand, had earlier reiterated that Duterte Youth does not only represent the young people but also the young professionals that is why he is still qualified to sit as its first nominee. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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PNP records 6,000 violators as election gun ban ends tomorrow

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Seized firearms from violators

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban will come to a close as the election period ends tomorrow, (June 12).

This gives way for gun owners to carry firearms outside of their homes as long as they have the permit to do so.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded more than six thousand violators of the gun ban since it was launched on January 13.

More than five thousand guns and close to fifty thousand deadly weapons were confiscated by the authorities.

PNP spokesperson PCol Bernard Banac said, “lahat ng mga ito ay nakalaboso at sinampahan ng kaukulang kaso. Doon naman sa mga pulis na lumabag ay meron po silang kinakaharap ngayon na kasong administratibo dahil sa paglabag sa ating mg alituntunin at patakaran [all of them were detained and were filed cases against. The police officers who violated (the gun ban), are now facing administrative cases for violating our rules and regulations].” (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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