Hilbay resigns from Aksyon Demokratiko; endorses Robredo as president

Maris Federez   •   October 18, 2021   •   409

MANILA, Philippines — Former Solicitor-General Florin Hilbay has announced his resignation from the Aksyon Demokratiko party.

In a statement released Monday (October 18), Hilbay confirmed his resignation from the party and his endorsement of the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2022 national and local elections.

He, however, stressed that he will not be joining another party and that he respects Aksyon’s decision to choose Mayor Isko Moreno as the party’s candidate for president.

Nevertheless, he said that he believes that Robredo “is a much better candidate in this most crucial of elections.”

Hilbay said that in addressing issues “of immense importance at local and global levels”, the country needs a president who will confront such problems not with publicity stunts to manipulate Filipinos but with honest-to-goodness attempts at solutions. Hilbay believes that such qualities are found in VP Leni.

“We do not need more of the same, or even less of the same. We can’t afford another narcissistic, gaslighting troll for a president. A candidate who wakes up only during campaigns is no leader, and we can’t have another absentee president,” Hilbay said. —/mbmf


Comelec to hold nationwide mock elections on Dec. 29

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hold a nationwide mock election on Wednesday (December 29) as part of its preparation for the coming 2022 national and local elections.

According to the Comelec Education and Information Division, the mock elections will be conducted in the National Capital Region (NCR) and six provinces in different parts of the country.

In Luzon, the mock elections will be done in the provinces of Isabela and Albay.

In Visayas, it will be conducted in Negros Oriental and in Leyte; while in Mindanao, it will be held in Davao del Sur.

The mock elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be held in the province of Maguindanao.

For the NCR, mock elections will be conducted in Pateros, Taguig City, and Pasay City.

It will start at 7 in the morning and will end at 5 in the afternoon.

“As far as the turnout does not really the issue. Hindi tayo naghahabol ng mataas na turnout ang hinahabol natin ay makita how the system performs,” Comelec spokesperson Dir. James Jimenez said.

A total of 34 barangays will be used in the mock elections to be participated in by 20,000 registered voters with each clustered precinct to accommodate around 500 to 600 voters.

“Basta ang average niya is around 500 to 600 voters per precinct there are some medyo malalaki yong bilang lke 786 yung isang clustered precinct and there are small precincts relative speaking like this one which has only 441,” Jimenez said.

The mock election will be conducted from end to end, meaning from the moment the voter sets foot in the polling precinct up to the counting to votes in the canvassing area.

The mock elections will direct the voters to vote for all national and local positions indicated in the 30-inch long ballot bearing fictitious names for each electoral position. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

PNP ready to assist in COMELEC’s mock elections – Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it is prepared to provide assistance in the conduct of the mock elections on December 29.

PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said the nationwide mock elections set to be conducted by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will help the police force to observe the actual flow of process for the upcoming 2022 National and Local Elections.

“We will be waiting for the official advisory from Comelec regarding the planned mock elections. But definitely, the PNP is willing to extend assistance for this activity,” Carlos said in a statement.

The PNP chief said that this pre-election activity will also help the police force in determining strategic plan for the deployment and evaluation on the aspects that need improvement.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, the PNP personnel are not allowed to inside the voting precincts, but are assigned to maintain peace and order around the vicinity.

The PNP will also be tasked to secure the transportation of ballots and other election paraphernalia.

Pagsasagawa ng nationwide mock elections sa Disyembre 29, inaprubahan ng IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pinayagan na ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang pagsasagawa ng nationwide mock elections.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles, gagawin ang mock elections sa Disyembre 29.

“Inaprubahan din ng IATF ang mga rekomendasyon ng technical working group. Una rito ang request ng Comelec na magsagawa ng nationwide mock election exercises sa December 29, 2021,” ani Nograles.

Ang hakbang ay tugon sa hiling ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) bilang bahagi ng paghahanda para sa pagdaraos ng ligtas at mapayapang 2022 national at local elections.

Ayon sa COMELEC, isasagawa sa mock elections ang end-to-end demonstration ng election process mula sa pagboto sa presinto hanggang sa pagpapadala ng mga boto sa National Board of Canvassers.


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