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Comelec resets COC filing to Oct. 11 to 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reset the schedule of filing the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 national and local elections.

Instead of doing it on October 1 to 5, the poll body moved the schedule to October 11 to 17, excluding weekends.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, however, stressed that there will be no extension of filing hours on the last day of filing.  – UNTV News and Rescue

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Bato eligible for police escorts after receiving death threats — PNP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police chief, PDG Oscar Albayalde said the PNP is ready to assign police escorts to its former chief, PDG Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa despite his intention to run for Senate as he has allegedly been receiving death threats from drug lords.

Comelec has a ruling that candidates and private individuals are not allowed to have police escorts during election period.

Albayalde added that Dela Rosa is allowed to have two security details owing to his former position as chief of PNP.

He explained that based on PNP regulations, all retired generals who hold a two-star rank and higher are allowed to have two police escorts.

Should Dela Rosa wish to have more than two security details, he has to secure the President’s approval. — Lea Ylagan

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Koko Pimentel, Freddie Aguilar, Abner Afuang among first to file COCs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2018

(L-R) Former Pagsanjan Mayor Abner Afuang, former Senate President Koko Pimentel, Music icon Freddie Aguilar

MANILA, Philippines — The early birds at the office of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Intramuros Manila were filing their certificates of candidacy for the Senate race in 2019.

The first to arrive was former Senate president Koko Pimentel who is seeking reelection. He said decided to file early as he will be busy preparing for his wedding next week with partner, Kathyrna Yu.

“Ito po ang aming campaign color ng partido PDP Laban,” Pimentel said referring to his red shirt. “Pakiusap ko sa mga kapartido ko na pag nag-file o nagkampanya, dalhin ang color red. That is the revolutionary color. Ibig sabhihin nun, PDP entertains even radical ideas on how to solve our problems — out of the box solutions to problems,” he said.

Following Pimentel was musician Freddie Aguilar who said he was compelled to join the Senate race.

“Matagal na nila akong kinukubinsi dahil daw po sa aking mga advocacy sa mga kanta ko for 40 years,” Aguilar said. “Ang nagpapayag sa akin ay mga ordinaryong mamamayan lang po at sa kagustuhan ko pong tuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago, pati ako na walang hilig sa pulitika ay tumakbo na rin para makatulong sa bayan natin.”

Third to arrive was former Pangasinan mayor Abner Afuang who first grabbed headlines in 2009 when he poured water on celebrity doctor Hayden Kho during a Senate probe on a sex video scandal.

“Sabi ko ayaw ko na ng pulitika; kultura pera. Ginawang political dynasty ng nga corrupt na official,” he ranted before members of the press.

Afuang’s COC was reported to have been rejected by Comelec because he used an outdated form. He said he will correct the error and file again. — Nel Maribojoc

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Ex-poll chief defends Comelec over fraud allegations

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

Former Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes (third from the right)

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes and a poll watchdog engaged in a heated argument  on Monday (August 6) during a Senate inquiry on the alleged irregularities in the 2016 national elections.

Brillantes questioned the claims of Poll watchdog Tanggulang Demokrasya that the election was rigged citing an image presented by Atty. Glenn Chong, the accuser of the poll irregularities, on alleged selling of voters’ database in 2015.

“Ang nagbebenta po nito dating election officer ng Maragondon, Cavite ( A former election officer in Maragondon, Cavite is selling [voters’ database]),” said Chong.

But Brillantes urged the group to present more credible evidence to prove their claims.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III suggested that Comelec should investigate the matter as he has been receiving reports from different parts of the country about the alleged ballot selling.

“May mga nagbanggit sa akin, taga Nueva Ecija, taga Iloilo, na inaalok ng kung anu anong mga sistema na imbestigahan talaga ng Comelec iyan (People from Nueva Ecija and Iloilo have mentioned to me about different systems being offered that Comelec really should investigate.)  ,” Sotto said

Sotto said he will force the poll body to disclose its audit logs to determine the transmission activities involving the vote counting machines prior to the election day and to confirm if there was any irregularity that happened.

“The Office of the Senate President, thru the Committee will issue subpoena duces tecum,” he added.

The issue remained unresolved as there are still a lot of things that the Comelec should explain regarding the allegations, according to Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms Chairman Aquilino Pimentel III.

“Marami talagang pangyayari na dapat ipaliwanag ng Comelec (Comelec has a lot to explain). Some maybe glitch but still we need an explanation from the Comelec, bakit nangyayari ito (why these things are happening),” he said. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

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