PNP warns against digital vote buying in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021   •   422

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar has warned the public against the possibility of digital or cashless vote buying activities in line with the 2022 national elections.

“Hindi po malabong mangyari ito dahil nakagawian na rin po ang cashless transactions lalo ngayong may pandemya. Talagang maiisip ito ng mga taong nagpaplanong manghikayat sa publiko na ibenta ang kanilang boto,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Monitoring vote-buying activities in the 2022 elections will really be a great challenge to us but I assure the voting public that we will put in place safeguards against this practice,” he added.

Eleazar said the PNP will consult with concerned agencies, including the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), to create mechanisms to counter vote-buying via electronic money transfer services.

“Bubuo po tayo ng mekanismo hinggil dito. Pero magiging malaking tulong po kung tayo mismo ang magsumbong sa mga otoridad ng mga ganitong gawain,” he said.

The PNP chief urged voters not to engage in this kind of activity and immediately report to authorities any information about individuals using this form of electoral fraud.

Vote-buying and vote-selling are violations under Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, he said.

“I urge the public to be vigilant and report to authorities if they have information on vote-buying done through online platforms,” he said.

“Tulungan ninyo kaming mapanatiling malinis at maayos ang gagawing halalan,” he added.

Filipino voters will elect a new president and vice president, along with lawmakers and local government officials, in the upcoming polls set to be held on May 9, 2022.

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

Lakas-CMD adopts Bongbong Marcos as presidential bet in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) has adopted former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its candidate for president in the 2022 elections.

The Lakas-CMD party has passed a resolution confirming Marcos as its adopted candidate during its Executive Committee (Execom) meeting on Wednesday night.

The party also confirmed in another resolution that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who currently serves as the party’s chairperson, is its vice presidential candidate.

The Lakas-CMD resolutions have sealed the team-up of Marcos and Duterte for the upcoming elections.

The Execom also passed a resolution authorizing the president of Lakas-CMD, House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.

Among the political parties expected to forge alliance with the Lakas-CMD are Sara Duterte-led Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (FPM).

In a post on social media, Duterte announced the adoption of said resolutions during their meeting.

She also said that the Uni-team alliance signing of political parties will be held on Thursday.

“Bukas na po ang Uniteam Alliance signing ng PFP, LakasCMD, PMP at HNP,” she said.

Sara Duterte takes drug test

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday said she underwent a drug test and her results yielded negative for narcotics.

In a statement, the vice presidential bet said she took the test upon the request of her running mate, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Today, I took a drug test that yielded negative of any illegal substances. This test, I took voluntarily upon the request of my Uniteam partner, Senator Bongbong Marcos, to support the call for transparency as aspiring public officials seeking the trust of our fellow Filipinos,” she said.

Sara shared the results of her drug test, which showed that she was negative for several illegal substances.

On Tuesday, Marcos announced that he took a cocaine test and submitted the result to law enforcement agencies.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that a presidential aspirant is using cocaine.

Duterte did not give any name.

“Uniteam BBM-Sara’s stand against illegal drugs is united and unequivocal. This can be seen from both our negative tests as well as our common stance against the proliferation of illegal drugs and the need for effective measures of prevention, rehabilitation, and enforcement,” Mayor Sara said.

She also stressed “as important as the war against illegal drugs is, other compelling issues continue to challenge our country’s ability to provide long-term safety and security for our people.”

“Therefore, it is crucial in this electoral season that we focus on the substantial qualifications of those that seek to lead our country,” she said.

“Particularly, that we examine our presidential and vice presidential candidates under the lens of competence and experience – an infallible ability to manage crisis through policy and practice built up through years of executive, legislative, and administrative exposure; a proven track record of delivering security and development; and a clear and tested platform for job security and sustainable livelihood,” she added.

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