Election do’s and don’ts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2019   •   2486

An election expert has laid out the voting do’s and don’ts for voters this coming Monday (May 13).

Do write a list of the candidates you will vote for on a piece of paper.

Don’t save the list on your phone.

According to Atty. George Erwin Garcia, the use of cellphone in election precincts is not allowed.

“Hindi naman po kukumpiskahin ang inyong cellphone pagpasok pero sure po kayo na once na kinuha niyo ang cellphone niyo kahit pa nagte-text lang kayo, pwede po kayo ma-report o mapa-record ang pangalan niyo ng mga watcher ng iba’t ibang kandidato doon sa minutes of voting. Pwede kayo makasuhan, (They will not confiscate your phone but once you take out your phone, even if it is just for texting, you can be reported or your name will be recorded in the minutes of voting by the watchers of the candidates there. You can be charged)” he said.

Do make sure you know the assigned precinct to avoid inconvenience.

Don’t wear shirts with the name and picture of a candidate.

Do ask an election officer if your name is not on the list.

Don’t let anyone put your own ballot in the vote counting machine.

Do bring an identification card in case your identity is questioned.

And lastly, Don’t forget to get marked with indelible ink to prove that you finished voting.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

Eleazar orders intensified ops vs private armed groups, loose firearms ahead of election season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar said the national police will intensify its operations against private armed groups (PAG) and loose firearms ahead of election season.

Eleazar added that he has ordered all police offices and units nationwide to intensify operations especially when there are politicians who use private armed groups and will try to win the candidacy through violence. Eleazar said the PNP wants to ensure credible, orderly and peaceful elections in 2022.

“Papalapit na ang eleksyon at alam naman natin na may ilang pulitiko na gumagamit ng private armed groups para sa pansarili nilang mga interes, partikular ang maipanalo ang kanilang kandidatura gamit ang dahas. We will not allow that,” he said.

(The election is drawing near and we know there are several politicians who use private armed groups for their own interest, particularly to win the candidacy using violence.)

The PNP Chief also directed the local police to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to monitor PAGs as well as syndicates involved in gun-running activities.

According to the National Task Force on the Disbandment of PAGs (NTF-DPAGs), over 130 armed groups are being monitored in Mindanao alone.

“Dapat tiyakin ng PNP na walang magaganap na aberya o kaguluhan sa bawat bahagi ng halalan, mula sa filing ng candidacy hanggang sa deklarasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar said.

(The PNP should ensure there will be no disorder during elections, from the filing of candidacy to the declarations of winners) AAC

Trump acknowledges election defeat, prepares transition for new admin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has acknowledged his election defeat after the US Congress formally certified the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 November elections.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th, my focus now turns into ensuring a smooth and orderly transition of power, this moment calls for healing ang reconciliation,” he said.

He also condemned the violence that occurred after several pro-Trump protesters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

“Demonstrators who infiltrated the capital had defiled the seat of the democracy, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram imposed an indefinite suspension on Trump’s social media accounts. The ban will remain in place for at least two weeks or after the inauguration of Biden.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

Illegal campaign materials still rampant 3 days before elections

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 10, 2019

Campaign posters and flyers are left scattered after people voted for their candidates during the election on May 13, 2013 at the Tabuk Central School, Tabuk City, Kalinga. The same scenario is seen on other precincts, posters and flyers are seen scattered on entrances of precincts. (Gaye Fritz Ofilas/PVI)

Three days before the elections, illegal campaign posters are still rampant.

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Lita Ayag, a caretaker and coconut vendor, was surprised to see numerous campaign posters placed on the wall of the lot she is looking after.

“Pagkagising ko, nakalagay na agad. Hindi ko alam nilalagyan nila iyan. Wala, wala akong nakikita kasi kung nakikita ko iyan, pagbawalan ko sila kasi ayaw ng may-ari, (When I woke up the campaign posters are already there. I didn’t know they placed it there. I will reprimand them next time because the owner doesn’t want [campaign posters]),” she said.

Randy Urbano, 44 years old, is also unaware about the campaign posters at the gate of his vulcanizing shop.

“Nakakabit na iyan sa umaga, wala naman tayong magagawa. Pero pagkatapos niyan, siyempre babaklasin natin. Marumi iyan. (It was posted in the morning, we can’t do anything about it. But, afterwards, we will remove it because it’s dirty)” he said.

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During the rounds of UNTV News and Rescue, they found more campaign posters installed on illegal areas like trees, electric post, and public buildings. This is despite the warning of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec warns that illegal campaign posters can be grounds for disqualification after a thorough investigation is conducted.

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