PNP beefs up security in Abra as local campaigning kicks off

Marje Pelayo   •   March 29, 2019   •   1188

BENGUET PROVINCE, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Police General Oscar Albayalde presided a command conference on Friday (March 29) at Camp Bado Dangwa in La Trinidad to discuss security plans in the coming election.

The talks, in particular, tackled areas of concern including the province of Abra classified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as
an area of grave concern or under the red category.

Election violence has been a perennial problem in the area.

“Hopefully sana itong election na ito magkaroon ng zero incident doon sa province na yan. Probably sa next election sa 2022 hindi na mailagay sa hotspot ang Abra, kung makita talaga ng Comelec at ng taong bayan na hindi na talaga kailangang bantayan (sila),” Albayalde said.

(Hopefully this election the province will achieve the zero-incident target. Probably in the next election in 2022, Abra will no longer be named a hotspot. If the Comelec and the people will prove that there is no need for them to be guarded.)

Albayalde also ordered strict monitoring of the province of Kalinga specifically the town of Lubuagan where election-related cases were high in 2016.

The Police Chief directed his men to intensify the conduct of checkpoints and 24/7 patrol now that the local campaign period has started.

Based on the record of the Police Regional Office Cordillera, there are 10 areas of immediate concern; 28 are areas of grave concern while 38 are considered hotspots or under the yellow category.

Meanwhile, a total of 39 towns in the region are still not having any security threat.

“Pwede pang magbago ulit iyan so every time we have to re align our deployment,” Albayalde noted.

(That can change because every time we have to re-align our deployment.)Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

Voter registration in NCR Plus still suspended — COMELEC

Robie de Guzman   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Voter registration in the National Capital Region (NCR) and four nearby areas will remain suspended with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the NCR Plus, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced Monday.

In an advisory, COMELEC Spokesperson James Jimenez said that voter registration in the NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal – tagged as NCR Plus – is still suspended and all election offices in the said areas will remain temporarily closed.

“From April 5 to 11, 2021, voter registration will still be suspended in all offices of the Election Officers (OEO) in NCR Plus, as well as in the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) in the main office and its satellite offices,” Jimenez said.

During the same period, the poll body said the issuance of voter’s certification in said OEOs and the COMELEC main office in Intramuros will likewise remain suspended.

“Despite the physical closure of COMELEC offices in NCR Plus, we will continue to discharge our duties and serve the public,” Jimenez said.

“For any concern, the various offices may be reached through their official email addresses which may be accessed at comelec.gov.ph,” he added.

On Saturday, the national government extended the ECQ in NCR plus areas until April 11 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The poll body said that during this period, e-filing of documents may be done pursuant to the COMELEC guidelines on electronic filing.

“Under Resolution No. 10673, the COMELEC will continue receiving, via e-mail, petitions, verified pleadings, memoranda, comments, briefs, and other submissions, in PDF format,” Jimenez said.

For the rest of the country, COMELEC said voter registration will resume on April 5, Monday.

“Applications will be accepted from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. but the issuance of the voter’s certification is until 5 p.m. Friday is the COMELEC-designated disinfection day, in addition to the LGU-prescribed disinfection, if any,” it added.

E-filing of petitions, political party registration to continue amid ECQ in NCR Plus – Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   March 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced it will continue to accept online filing of petitions for registration of party-list organizations and political parties despite the re-imposition of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) and neighboring provinces.

Under Resolution 10673, COMELEC said it will continue receiving, via e-mail, petitions, verified pleadings, memoranda, comments, briefs, and other submissions in PDF format.

“With the rapidly approaching March 31, 2021 deadline for the filing of petitions for registration of party-list organizations and the submission of manifestations of intent to participate, we expect a massive influx of petitions in the coming week,” COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement on Sunday

He also said that e-mails sent to the address clerkofthecommission@comelec.gov.ph and received by the 5 p.m. deadline will be considered filed on time.”

“The payment of docket fees and other legal fees for the petition for registration of party-list organizations also need to be done on or before March 31, 2021,” Jimenez emphasized.

After filing through e-mail, the poll body said that the filing party shall send, through the fastest means available, hard copies of all petitions, pleadings, and other submissions, with complete annexes in four hard copies.

Proof of payment of the required fees, deposits, and fines, if any, should also be submitted.

The NCR and four nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal have been placed under ECQ from March 29 to April 4 to curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Comelec shortens voter registration hours, suspends satellite registration due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Maris Federez   •   March 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday announced that voter registration hours will be shortened due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases nationwide.

The poll body also announced the temporary suspension of registration in all its satellite outlets.

“From March 22, 2021 until April 4, 2021, all offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) nationwide will accept applications for voter registration from Mondays to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The issuance of voter certification, however, will be until 5 p.m.” Comelec said in a press release dated March 20.

“The conduct of satellite registration in barangay halls, daycare centers, covered courts, and other satellite offices nationwide will likewise be suspended until further notice,” it added.

Disinfection activities will be conducted every Friday, Comelec said. However, in areas where local government units concerned prescribed a disinfection day other than Friday, affected OEOs will also be closed to the public on such day, in addition to the Comelec-prescribed disinfection day.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez reminded the public to comply with the strictly implemented health protocols when going to Comelec offices.

“Wearing of face mask and face shield is mandatory. To minimize physical contact, an online accomplishment of the application form and setting of appointment via irehistro.comelec.gov.ph is encouraged,” Jimenez said.

The Comelec official also advised those with appointments on days when voter registration is no longer conducted to contact their OEO for instructions or rebooking.

Prior to these adjustments, voter registration was conducted from Tuesdays to Saturdays, including holidays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

The voter registration period to participate in the May 2022 elections will be until Sept. 30, 2021, the statement said. —/mbmf

 

 

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