Senate orders arrest of ex-poll chief Andres Bautista over hidden wealth

admin   •   February 13, 2018   •   4408

FILE PHOTO – Ex-poll chief Andres Bautista

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies decides to cite in contempt former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

“Directing that the chairman be arrested and deliver to the Senate if and when he arrives,” said the committee’s chair Sen. Francis Escudero.

The committee also asked the Senate president to issue a warrant of arrest against the former poll chief after he failed to attend for the third time the Senate’s hearing on his alleged ill-gotten wealth.

“Maliwanag na iniiwasan niya ang proseso ng pagdinig (It’s clear that he is avoiding the process of the hearing),” said Escudero.

In a letter he sent to the Senate, Bautista explained that he did not receive any subpoena from the Senate and that he learned of the invitation only from the media.

Bautista claimed he is currently abroad and is suffering various health concerns due to hypertension.

However, the Senate committee doubts Bautista’s explanation. Based on the records of the Bureau of Immigration gathered by the committee, Bautista left the country on October 28, 2017, and returned on November 1st of the same year.

Escudero dared Bautista to sign a waiver that would allow the committee to examine his bank accounts.

Bautista’s wife also calls on the former poll chief to face and answer all the issues.

“You know out of respect for the Senate please appear because that the least you can do, answer the questions that are people are asking,” said Patricia Bautista, and estranged wife of ex-poll chief.

Based on the allegation of Mrs. Patricia Bautista, the former Comelec chief has 35 accounts in the Luzon Development Bank, reaching a total amount of 329-million pesos. The amount is contrary to his declared assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN). — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

Comelec to hold nationwide mock elections before year ends

Maris Federez   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to conduct a nationwide mock election on December 29, 2021 as part of the poll body’s preparations for the 2022 national and local elections.

According to Comelec Deputy Executive Director for Operations Atty. Teopisto Elnas, Jr., mock elections will be done in Metro Manila and six other provinces.

In Luzon, it shall be conducted in the provinces of Isabela and Albay. In the Visayas, it shall be held in the Negros Oriental and Leyte; while in Mindanao, the mock elections will be conducted in Davao del Sur.

In Metro Manila, the selected cities for the mock elections are Pateros, Taguig, and Pasay; while in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, it will be conducted in Maguindanao province.

In total, the mock elections will be done in 34 barangays nationwide and will target 4,800 registered voters.

Comelec spokesperson, Director James Jimenez, said the commission will meet with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) on December 4.

“To discuss the security preparations for the mock elections. Medyo ano kasi malaki yong mock elections, the mock elections will involve real voters and a real board of election inspectors. So there is a lot of concern about safety and security,” he said.

Jimenez added that the IATF is welcome to give its inputs on how the mock elections must be done.

“Hindi pa kasi final we’re just starting to prepare for it but it will be nationwide so that’s mean that it will have a location in Luzon, Visayas,and Mindanao,” Jimenez said. —/mbmf

Comelec releases disclaimer notice on 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH

Maris Federez   •   November 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday (November 25) released a disclaimer notice on 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH that claimed to be affiliated with the poll body.

“Please note that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) are not in any way connected or affiliated with 1 VOTE PH, and that it is not an accredited citizens’ arm or civil society partner of the Comelec,” the poll body warned in a statement.

Comelec said 1 VOTE PH/ONE VOTE PH has been introducing itself as a non-profit/community organization on Facebook and in email blasts to various government agencies.

The poll body also said the group was claiming that it has a “nationwide campaign for educating the public regarding voter registration, voting, electoral reform and other issues concerning our rights to vote and about the general election.”

“The group also recently announced that they will be setting up its ‘Main Command Center’ with ‘Hotline Numbers and Toll-Free Numbers’ for local overseas Filipino voters,” Comelec added.

“Kindly disregard and/or treat with caution all communications from 1 VOTE PH purporting or claiming to be undertaken with the knowledge or consent of, or in partnership or cooperation with the Comelec,” the poll body advised the public.

In addition to 1 VOTE PH / ONE VOTE PH, the group also goes by the following names/aliases on Facebook:

  • One Vote PH Volunteers
  • Magpa Rehistro Ka
  • Keystrat Campaign Hub or Key Strategy Campaign Hub Co.
  • Keynote Leaders or “I Trust Keynote Leaders”
  • One Philippines or “I Trust One Philippines”
  • Poll Watchers PH
  • Bantay Boto PH or “I Trust Bantay Boto PH”
  • Election 2022 or “I Trust Election 2022”
  • Halalan 2022 or “I Trust Halalan 2022”
  • Vote Philippines 2022
  • Boto Pilipinas 2022
  • Philippine Business Club or Philippine Business Club Worldwide
  • Astig Kabataan Pinoy – Youth Voters

The Commission on Elections further advised overseas Filipinos to take extra precautions in their dealings with organizations claiming to be the agency’s partners.

The poll body further instructed the public to contact the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) through the following official communication channels, in case they are in doubt:

  • Facebook page: https://facebook.com/overseasvotingph
  • Email address: overseasvoting@comelec.gov.ph

 

COMELEC issues rules for online campaigning, rallies for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued on Thursday the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the conduct of online campaigning and rallies as an alternative to physical sorties in line with the upcoming 2022 national and local elections.

The IRR, promulgated as COMELEC Resolution No. 10730, will govern the implementation of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act for next year’s elections slated on May 9.

The campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator, and party-list groups will be on February 8 to May 7 while candidates for members of the House of Representatives, and local posts are allowed to campaign from March 25 to May 7.

The IRR states that the COMELEC shall provide a platform for free livestreaming of e-rallies of national candidates.

“E-rally airtime shall be allotted to each presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial candidate, as well as to each party-list organization participating in the 2022 national and local candidates,” resolution read.

“Live streaming of e-rallies shall be conducted every night, beginning February 8, 2022, on the official social media channels of the COMELEC,” it added.

At the start of the election period, the poll body said a schedule of e-rally time slots will be released.

“There shall be three presidential and three vice presidential 10-minute slots every night. In addition, there shall be 5 senatorial 3-minute slots; and 10 PL (party-list) 3-minute slots, per night,” it said.

The slots shall be assigned at random, based on the results of televised raffle of slots that will take place on January 8, 2022.

The e-rally livestreams shall be posted on the COMELEC’s official social media pages, the commission said.

For online campaigning, the poll body said Information contained in online campaign propaganda shall be truthful and not misleading, nor shall it tend to unjustifiably cast doubt on the integrity of the electoral process.

The resolution defines the use of the internet to distribute campaign propaganda. This includes text-only posts on social media, pictures, audio clips, and video clips, regardless of duration, and all combinations of such formats.

A copy of the resolution containing the implementing rules and regulations may be viewed here.

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