Comelec raffles off disqualification petition vs. BBM
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has raffled off the petition against the candidacy of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.
Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez confirmed Wednesday that the disqualification case went to the poll body second division under Commissioners Socorro Inting and Antonio Kho, Jr.
The second division is expected to issue summons or notices to the Marcos camp within the week.
Marcos will be given five days to respond to the petition based on the Comelec rule on the cancellation of the certificates of candidacy for the 2022 National and Local Elections.
The second division will conduct a pre-conference on the case wherein the petitioner and the respondent will be given three days each to submit their respective arguments on the case.
The division will then look into the said arguments of both groups and then come up with its resolution on the case.
Both parties may challenge the resolution before the Comelec en banc and, subsequently, the Supreme Court for the final ruling on the case. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)
COMELEC releases ballot face for 2022 elections
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday released the final ballot face for the May 2022 national and local elections.
The ballot contains the names of 10 presidential aspirants and nine vice presidential bets. It also includes the names of 64 senatorial candidates.
The presidential aspirants included in the final ballot face are listed in the following order:
- Abella, Ernie
- De Guzman, Leody
- Domagoso, Isko Moreno
- Gonzales, Norberto
- Lacson, Ping
- Mangondato, Faisal
- Marcos, Bongbong
- Montemayor, Jose Jr.
- Pacquiao, Manny Pacman
- Robredo, Leni
The names of vice presidential bets included in the ballot are the following:
- Atienza, Lito
- Bello, Walden
- David, Rizalito
- Duterte, Sara
- Lopez, Manny SD
- Ong, Doc Willie
- Pangilinan, Kiko
- Serapio, Carlos
- Sotto, Vicente Tito
The final ballot face also includes 178 party-list groups.
Ballot faces for other areas have also been uploaded by the COMELEC on its website.
COMELEC formally deputizes PNP, AFP for conduct of 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has formally deputized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the conduct of “free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible” May 9, 2022 national and local elections.
Under Resolution No. 10755 promulgated on Wednesday, January 19, the COMELEC listed the following duties and functions to be performed by AFP and PNP personnel as its deputized agents:
- Provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, canvassing centers, and such other places or buildings, including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms, and supplies, that will be used in connection with the elections;
- Provide security to the personnel of the Commission, its deputies, and other persons performing election-related functions;
- Deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned Regional Election Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer;
- Make available, at the least time possible, land, air, and watercraft assets, communication systems, and other equipment, in connection with the conduct of the elections;
- Look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats;
- Assist the Commission in implementing more effectively election laws and/ or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
- Provide security escorts to candidates, subject to the conditions and restrictions on the Resolution imposing the ban on the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons and the ban on the use of security personnel or bodyguards; provided that, the AFP can provide security escorts only in the absence of personnel of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies;
- Conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;
- Comply with and/ or implement directives or resolutions of the Commission, which shall take precedence over and above the orders and directives issued by any other office or agency of the Government, except the Supreme Court and those issued in habeas corpus cases;
- Render periodic reports on action taken in accordance with this Resolution
The poll body reminded that despite being deputized, soldiers shall continue with the conduct of all Internal Security Operations or its own functions and responsibilities and that no changes in the assignments of police personnel can be effected except upon prior written permission of the commission.
The resolution shall take effect after its publication in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, the COMELEC said.
Supreme Court issues TRO vs COMELEC’s decision to cancel Senate bet’s COC
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) decision to declare as a nuisance and cancel the certificate of candidacy of a senatorial aspirant.
In a document posted by the SC Public Information Office on Twitter, the high court granted the petition of Norman Cordero Marquez, assailing the poll body’s decision to cancel his candidacy for the May 2022 elections.
The SC said the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance.
Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, the court said it has required the COMELEC to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice.
“Now, therefore, respondent COMELEC is hereby required to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof,” the document read.
“Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and continuing until further orders this court,” it added.