Voter registration in Taal eruption-affected areas to resume on Feb. 3 – Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   January 30, 2020   •   1016

MANILA, Philippines – The voter registration in Batangas and Cavite areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano will resume on Monday, February 3, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.

In a statement, Comelec said the voter registration for the 2022 elections will resume in the following places in Batangas province due to a return to normal working conditions:

  • Alitagtag
  • Balete
  • Laurel
  • Lemery
  • San Nicolas
  • Sta. Teresita
  • Taal
  • Talisay
  • Cuenca
  • Lipa City
  • Tanauan City
  • Balayan
  • Calaca
  • Kalatagan
  • Tuy
  • San Luis
  • Mabini
  • Lian
  • Malvar

In Cavite, the poll body said that registration of voters will also resume in Alfonso, Indang, Silang, Tagaytay City, and Amadeo.

Meanwhile, the voter registration in the municipality of Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas will resume on February 10, according to Comelec.

The poll body earlier announced the suspension of the registration in areas within and beyond the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano during its eruption.

‘Run Sara Run’ banners not considered electoral offense, Comelec says

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Banners and other paraphernalia urging presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run in the 2022 national elections are not considered an electoral offense, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that it is not a violation of election laws because it is not election period, and Mayor Sara herself is not a candidate yet.

“Kahit nakapag-file na ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang tao, kung hindi pa naman nagsisimula ang campaign period, hindi pa siya itinuturing na official candidate. At dahil hindi pa siya official candidate, kahit anong gawin niya, hindi pa siya pwedeng tratuhin bilang kandidato. Ibig sabihin, hindi pa siya pwedeng mag-commit ng election offense,” Jimenez said.

The poll body official said that the banners sprouting in different areas can only be considered as part of freedom of expression.

The campaign period for May 9, 2022 elections will start from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

Sara Duterte earlier thanked her supporters behind the campaign but she reiterated that she has no plans of joining the 2022 presidential polls.

She also urged her supporters to remove the tarpaulins they mounted without permits and to stop staging motorcades and other activities that may violate the health and safety protocols against COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

113 tremors recorded in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.

Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.

Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.

Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.

Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC

Former Cavite Gov. Ayong Maliksi passes away at 82

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

Former Cavite governor Ayong Maliksi passed away at the age of 82. This was confirmed by his son, Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, in a Facebook post.

Maliksi served as governor of Cavite from 2001 to 2010. Prior to that he was elected vice mayor then mayor of his hometown, Imus.

He was also appointed as chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office under the Aquino administration.

Ang aming pamilya ay lubos na nagdadalamhati sa pagpanaw ng aking ama, Erineo “Ayong” S. Maliksi.Higit sa pagiging…

Posted by Emmanuel Maliksi on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The younger Maliksi expressed his gratitude for the help that his father gave in molding him to become a good leader. He also thanked those who supported his father throughout his career in public service. AAC

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