Comelec targets to release resolution on disqualification case vs Marcos before Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021   •   316


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that it has concluded the preliminary conference on a petition that called for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. Friday afternoon.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said the poll body targets to release the resolution of the case before December 15.

Jimenez said the preliminary conference was conducted swiftly and each side of the petitioner and the respondent was given the opportunity to submit amendments or change their submitted argument or position.

“Ang pinaka general area na pinag-usapan ay, number one, yung statement of the issue in which both parties are given the opportunity to say ano yung formulation nung issue according to their own opinion based on their own appreciation of the case and then amendments and stipulations,” Jimenez said.

Based on the processes done on cancellation cases, the next step will be the submission of a memorandum or position of both parties in the case.

Jimenez, however, said that this will not yet happen as the poll body has to resolve two other pending issues first, such as the petition for intervention filed by the group of Atty. Howard Calleja, and the motion filed by the Marcos camp that seeks for the conduct of face-to-face oral arguments on the case.

“After the incidents are resolved then the Comelec will say how long it will give the parties to submit their respective memoranda,” Jimenez explained.

Jimenez, however, said the Second Division led by Commissioners Antonio Kho and Socorro Inting may possibly complete their resolution on the case before the release of the final list of candidates on December 15. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Gov’t. to start vaccination on children age 5 to 11 on Feb. 4

Maris Federez   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. announced Monday night that the government aims to start inoculating children age 5 to 11 on February 4.

In President Rodrigo Duterte’s weekly Talk to the Nation, Galvez said the government is expecting to receive more vaccination supplies by the end of January that will give way to the rollout.

“Darating po next week ang mga supply at pwede na po tayong magrollout ng February 4, next Friday po,” Galvez said in his report to the President.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer said they will install two vaccination sites per city in the National Capital Region (NCR), and will expand the coverage of the rollout to other regions soon after.

Galvez reiterates to the parents that the vaccines that will be administered to the children are safe.

“Makaka-assure po tayo sa ating mga magulang na very safe ang ating gagamitin na bakuna dahil ito ay mas mababa ang formulation na angkop sa mga bata,” he said.

To provide assistance in the vaccination rollout, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said they will also set up vaccination areas at MRT stations.

“Magtatayo kami sa mga istasyon. We have pin pointed already 4 stations where we will have on-site vaccinations program. Ito yung Cubao, Shaw Boulevard, yung Boni at Ayala,” Tugade said.

Aside from the MRT, the DOTr also plans to install vaccination areas in airport terminals and seaports. This, he said, will be coordinated and will depend on the rules set by the Department of Health.

Meanwhile, Galvez reported that, to date, around 59.7 million Filipinos have already received their first vaccine doses, and around 57.2 million are already fully vaccinated. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Cusi-led PDP-Laban wing asks COMELEC to reopen COC filing period, postpone printing of ballots

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to reopen the period for the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, the group said it has filed a petition urging the reopening of the COC filing as the poll body cannot yet print official ballots due to pending petitions.

The party filed the petition more than a month after the deadline for the COC filing lapsed on November 15.

“The party believes that the COMELEC should re-open and allow the filing of COC’s for National and Local candidates in view of the fact that it cannot, and should not, proceed with printing of ballots for the 2022 elections while several cases affecting candidates and party-lists are still pending before it”, said Atty. Melvin Matibag, Secretary General of PDP Laban said.

The PDP-Laban has no candidate for president in next year’s polls.

In its petition, the PDP-Laban wing said it did not have enough time “to remedy the political vacuum” that was created by the withdrawal of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s candidacy for president.

Dela Rosa’s candidacy appeared to be a last-minute decision of the group.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go initially filed his candidacy for vice president under the PDP-Laban but later ditched the bid after presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte filed her COC for vice president.

Go then filed his COC for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which is an ally of the PDP-Laban. Go, in the end, withdrew his election bid.

“We are asking the COMELEC to review its self-imposed deadlines in the interest of the electorate. This petition will benefit everyone and should be intently considered by the Commission,” he added.

COMELEC earlier said it is still resolving petitions, including the ones questioning the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.

The poll body is looking to finalize and release the official list of candidates for 2022 polls on January 7, 2022, and start the printing of ballots by January 12.

Disqualification case vs BBM tatalakayin sa Enero 7 – COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – Nakatakdang dinggin ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) sa Enero 7, 2022 ang disqualification petition na inihain ng grupong Akbayan laban kay presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Ang disqualification case na inihain ng Akbayan noong Disyembre 2 ay isa lamang sa mga disqualification cases laban kay Marcos na layong patigilin ang dating senador mula sa paglahok sa presidential race para sa 2022 elections.

Giit ng petitioner, ang pagkaka-convict kay Marcos noong 1995 dahil sa umano’y paglabag sa National Internal Revenue Code ay sapat na dahilan upang huwag itong payagang tumakbo ito sa 2022 polls.

Ayon kay COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, papayagan ang media coverage sa loob ng limang minuto o hanggang bago ang marking ng exhibits gagawing pagdinig para sa interes ng publiko.


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