Harry Roque to seek Senate post in 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday confirmed he would run for senator in the 2022 national elections.
Roque made the announcement during a Palace briefing, on the last day of filing for substitution of candidates for next year’s polls.
“Ito na po ang huling araw na makakasama n’yo ako bilang inyong presidential spox, IATF spox at spox ng bayan,” he said.
“Masaya akong mission accomplished na po tayo. Iiwan ko ang trabaho ko na mas mabuti kumpara sa ating nadatnan,” he added.
Roque said he will be running for Senate with the endorsement of vice presidential aspirant, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“Babalik po sana tayo sa Kongreso ng Pilipinas, doon po sa Kamara ng Senado… Nais ko pong maging action man sa Senado,” he said.
Roque previously said he would run for senator next year if Sara Duterte-Carpio will seek a national post.
He ended his press briefing with a video message from Duterte-Carpio endorsing his candidacy.
“Ito po ang inyong spox Harry Roque na nagsasabi, I love you, Philippines,” he said.
Roque served as presidential spokesman in 2018 but he quit his post to run for senator in the 2019 elections. He later withdrew his candidacy due to health reasons.
He returned as Duterte’s spokesperson in 2020.
Malacañang has yet to announce Roque’s replacement.
Cusi-led PDP-LABAN wing adopts Sara Duterte as VP bet
MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has adopted Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as its vice presidential candidate for the May 2022 national elections.
In a statement, the PDP-Laban wing said it is already finalizing the terms of its alliance agreement with Lakas-CMD party, which is chaired by Mayor Sara.
“The decision to adopt Mayor Sara has been made by the PDP-Laban National Executive Committee based on her credentials, advocacies, and vision for our nation,” the group said.
“Based on these, the PDP-Laban has decided that the quality of her advocacies and vision are strongly aligned with that of the party,” it added.
The group also said that Sara Duterte-Carpio’s leadership and track record “make her most qualified for the position she is now aspiring for and therefore deserves the party’s support.”
It also expressed its belief that Sara’s election to the vice presidency “will help ensure the continuity of the vital programs of the current administration.”
Sara Duterte-Carpio and the Lakas-CMD have yet to issue a statement on the matter.
While it adopted Mayor Sara, the Cusi-led faction left out her running mate, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The group said it is still in the process of evaluating who among the presidential candidates would best continue the programs of the Duterte administration.
It will also consider President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal pick for president in deciding who to support for the presidency, it added.
BBM-Sara Duterte tandem bares senatorial slate
MANILA, Philippines – The UniTeam ticket of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has disclosed the list of senatorial candidates they will be supporting for the 2022 elections.
In a statement, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their lineup will include the following personalities:
– Rep. Rodante Marcoleta
– Atty. Larry Gadon
– Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
– Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar
– Rep. Loren Legarda
– Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
– Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
– Former Defense Sec.Gilberto Teodoro Jr.
– Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
– Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
Rodriguez said the list “represents a mixture of seasoned and political personalities who have excelled in their respective endeavors.”
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.