Comelec to probe on viral video of alleged pre-shading of ballots
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to probe the viral video showing the alleged “pre-shading” of ballots in Lanao del Sur.
According to Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez, the poll body will request the assistance of experts for forensic analysis. They will also seek the assistance of Facebook.
“Magre- request kami ng assistance from Facebook (We will request the assistance of Facebook) and perhaps refer it to the appropriate authorities for forensic analysis [but] we’re not dismissing it as fake. We’re not ready to make that determination yet. Alamin muna natin detalye ng video (We should first know the details of the video),” Jimenez said.
Comelec also calls on the video uploaders to come forward to expedite the process of investigation.
“We encourage whoever has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint. If it’s the original uploader themselves, then so much the better,” Jimenez adds.
However, Comelec cannot suspend the entire elections just because of speculations.
Meanwhile, the Board of Canvassers already tallied 114 Certificates of Canvass until 12:00 a.m.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already given out honoraria to 7.6% of teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs).
During a press briefing on Monday (May 20), Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reported that the distribution of honoraria is going smoothly.
“We have already started the payments of our electoral boards. We have 15 days to complete the payment and I think things are going to go smoothly especially after the Brigada Eskwela which is a factor to be considered here,” he said.
There were 500,000 teachers who served as BEIs in the election.
Based on the Election Service Reform Act (ESRA), the chair of the electoral boards will receive P6,000 while members of the electoral boards P5,000. The Department of Education Supervisor Official (DESO) will receive P4,000 and the support staff will receive P2,000.
They are all also entitled to P1,000 travel allowance.
by Maris Federez | Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019
Malacañang announced that National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Ronald Cardema is now considered to have abandoned his position when he filed a petition for substitution before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as the first nominee of the Duterte Youth Party-list.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardena did not seek permission from the Office of the President.
Panelo added that Cardema’s petition and the Comelec’s confirmation that it was timely filed one day before the elections (May 12) connote “that he is considered ipso facto resigned from his present post.”
“As far as we’re concerned, he showed his disinterest in further serving the Executive branch, who are we to stop him,” Panelo said.
Comelec has no decision yet on Cardema’s petition.
The Palace has ordered him “to vacate his office forthwith and turn over all the official papers, documents, and properties in his possession to the Office of the President.”
Panelo has also assured that “the President shall soon appoint a person who can advance the genuine interests and welfare of our country’s youth as the new chairperson of the NYC.” – (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
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