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1 million residents to cast votes in GenSan, SouthCot for barangay and SK polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – Some 1,077,376 residents in this city and South Cotabato province are eligible to cast their votes in the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Lawyer Jay Gerada, Commission on Elections (Comelec)-South Cotabato supervisor, said in a media forum that the total number of voters comprise […] The post 1 million residents to cast votes in GenSan, SouthCot for barangay and SK polls appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsApr 13th, 2018

76.78% voter turnout in WV in barangay, SK polls

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC-6) recorded a 76.78 percent voter’s turnout in Western Visayas in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in May 2018. Of the 4.4 million registered voters in the barangay election, only 3.3 million actually joined the polls while 1.1 million of the 1.5 million registered SK voters cast their ballots. […] The post 76.78% voter turnout in WV in barangay, SK polls appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Strife remains despite joint plea on recount

By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos A day after a joint manifestation was signed by the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, it has become evident that Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is not willing to withdraw her pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ spokesman lawyer Vic Rodriguez said.Marcos personally signed the document “withdrawing all and any pending motions relative to his election protest” but it was Robredo’s counsel, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal who signed for the Vice President.Rodriguez stressed Robredo has no intention of withdrawing her pending motions because she did not sign the joint motion that her lawyer presented to media. Macalintal, however, said the Vice President is heeding the challenge “in withdrawing all motions before PET to pave the way for a ballot recount.” “We accept the challenge of Mr. Marcos and his lawyer to sign a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions and incidents at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal which may cause the delay of the recount of ballots from the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” Romulo Macalintal, Robredo lead counsel said in a statement.Rodriguez in his joint motion, however, said only the name of Robredo’s counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal, appeared on the document.“A joint manifestation is a major pleading and it cannot be done through counsel alone. It should also be signed by the client because it needs his or her conformity. Since Mrs. Robredo did not sign the pleading together with her lawyer, it is obvious that she has no intention to withdraw her motions,” Rodriguez said.According to Rodriguez, the absence of Robredo’s signature puts into question her sincerity to hasten the pace of the electoral ‘Robredo can disown motion’ It likewise casts doubt on the authority of Macalintal who signed the motion. Robredo could later on even disown the motion because it was made without her conformity.“Without Mrs. Robredo’s signature, the motion is a mere scrap of paper and may be later disowned by her as having been signed without her authority. It seems that she merely wants to think fraudulently,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez also questioned the joint motion prepared by Macalintal saying the same only covered pending motions and not future motions that may delay the proceedings. He said Marcos’ joint manifestation was more sincere because it covered both present and future motions in the election proceedings.“Atty. Macalintal is saying they are withdrawing but if you will read their joint motion, it only pertains to pending motions and not to future motions. In our case, it is all encompassing, from pending to future motions. Why are they backing out?” Rodriguez remarked.Rodriguez also took exception to the assertion made by Macalintal in his joint motion that Marcos has a pending “Partial Motion for Reconsideration” dated December 4, 2017 asking the PET to reconsider its earlier ruling allowing them to secure soft copies of the ballot images.Rodriguez pointed out that the said Partial Motion for Reconsideration had already been resolved by the Tribunal in its Resolution dated January 10, 2018.“It seems Atty. Macalintal has not studied the case of his client because that was resolved a long time ago. And he should know there are pending motions before the PET,” Rodriguez stated.Rodriguez also emphasized that if Macalintal was indeed serious about withdrawing all motions, he should have done it through the official route and not meet in a fast food restaurant for the signing.“Signing a major pleading in a pizza restaurant shows an utter lack of respect for the judicial process. There is a proper way to do things and this involves going to the law office of your opposing counsel and handing over the proper documents to them,” Rodriguez said.This is the reason, he pointed out, the Marcos camp went to the law office of Macalintal and his co-counsel Ma. Bernadette Sardillo located at Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. According to Rodriguez, they went there first thing in the morning yesterday to give them the complete set of copies of the joint manifestation signed by Marcos and his counsel, George Garcia, together with the corresponding cover letter.“The challenge to meet at a fast food restaurant is unbecoming of an officer of the Court. It is unlawyerly and at most more of a publicity stunt. We hope the other camp has the decency to act accordingly,” Rodriguez said.“It appears that Atty. Macalintal wants to pull fast one on the public with his publicity stunt. As far as we are concerned, the joint motion he signed has no binding effect because it was not signed by his client. For all Macalintal’s protestations, our joint manifestation is ready for him and Mrs. Robredo to sign,” said Rodriguez. “We are still waiting.” Rodriguez said. Macalintal issues own challenge“I am inviting Mr. Marcos and his lawyer today at 9 a.m. to sign a joint motion. This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots,” Macalintal added.“It is Mr. Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount,” he noted.“To remove all of these accusations flying back and forth I reiterate my challenge withdraw all your motions that could serve to delay the recount, I will withdraw all my motions that has been pending so that there will be no outstanding issues, no instances that needs to be studied by the Tribunal so that we can proceed to the opening and counting of the ballots,” Marcos said in a press conference last January 29 in Manila.“That has been my contention since May 10 of 2016 until now. It has been the same, I have been consistent, I reissue the challenge to Mrs. Robredo, withdraw all your motions, I will withdraw all of mine and let us proceed with the recount,” Marcos added.Marcos issued the challenged to stop the “delaying” issues being thrown by both camps to each other.At the same time, the vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 polls bared “solid and incontrovertible” evidence of massive fraud that transpired during the national and local elections held nearly two years ago.Marcos questioned the presence of square shapes in the ballot images instead of the oval shapes which voters shaded for their choice of candidates.“When we voted, we had the oval shapes. How come in the ballot images, the ovals are gone and instead we have the squares. What does this mean?” he said.He added, “(w)e could see based on the election results summary that the squares indicated the candidates that were voted upon. But this is a new feature that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic added in the system and I had been told they did not inform the candidates of the presence of this feature in the images.”But Robredo slammed Marcos’ claims that there were “massive frauds” that transpired in the May 2016 elections.“His remarks are laughing matters as far as I am concerned. If laughter is the best medicine, then we can consider it the best medicine for us for the day,” Macalintal said in a press conference.“The excited and hysterical claim of (Marcos) and his spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez that they allegedly uncovered solid and inconvertible evidence of massive fraud that transpired in the 2016 elections’ based on their own copies of alleged ballot images used in the said election, is highly ridiculous if not outright frivolous,” the lawyer added.Macalintal said Marcos’ claims of discrepancies in the hundreds of decrypted ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental only showed that the latter’s protest “is facing its dismissal.”“He has no evidence at all. That is why he is now using evidence outside the election protest that he filed sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET),” he said.Marcos filed the protest on June 29, 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in May that year.He sought the annulment of about a million votes cast in three provinces - Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.In his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.In his preliminary conference briefing, Marcos also sought for a recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.Robredo filed her answer in August last year and filed a counter-protest, questioning the results in more than 30,000 polling precincts in several provinces where Marcos won.She also sought the dismissal of the protest for lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET.The high tribunal, in a ruling earlier last year, junked Robredo’s plea and proceeded with the case after finding the protest sufficient in form and substance.Robredo supposedly won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Polls generally peaceful – PNP

But vote-buying, harassment, other non-violent incidents reported YESTERDAY’S synchronized Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections were generally peaceful nationwide although there were reports of vote-buying, harassment, overcrowded polling centers, missing voters’ list and other incidents which typically happen when Filipinos cast their votes. PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Filipino residents in West PH Sea barangay cast votes

Even Filipinos in the remotest town in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) were able to cast their votes for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday. Pagasa Island (Thitu) in the Spratly Islands, Batanes, and Turtle Islands in Palawan were opened for voting on Monday with the help of Commission on Elections and security forces, Gen. Carlito Galvez, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Three were vying for the position of barangay kagawad, while one was running as SK chairman in the hotly contested waterway. Pagasa is the only outpost of the Philippines in the Spratlys occupied by civilians...Keep on reading: Filipino residents in West PH Sea barangay cast votes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Duterte skips barangay, SK polls

President Rodrigo Duterte did not cast any votes during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Filipinos cast votes in barangay, SK elections 2018

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Polling precincts have opened in nearly 42,000 villages across the Philippines on Monday, May 14, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections 2018. Voting hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm. This is the first barangay polls in 5 years and the first ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PNP records 8 election-related shooting incidents in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY---As the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol kept watch over the region while residents cast their votes for the barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) Monday, records revealed that around eight election-related incidents had already occurred during the weekend. Senior Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said in an interview Sundaythat among the provinces in the region, Masbate was put under close police watch due to the rising number of shooting incidents in the area. Masbate had 56 out of 123 shooting incidents in Bicol since January this year, making it the province with the highest number of gun-related violence in the region. Calubaqui...Keep on reading: PNP records 8 election-related shooting incidents in Bicol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Comelec confirms 20 cases of poll-related violence

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) continued to receive reports of vote buying, violence, and misinformation a few hours before Filipinos cast their votes for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, in a hastily called press conferenceSunday, said they have already confirmed some 20 cases of election-related violence (ERVIs). "There have been some confirmed ERVIs, a little over 20. But again, interestingly, the overall level of peace and order condition is quite good because the numbers are not increasing. We hope it continues that way," Jimenez said, adding that there are also some areas that have requested to be placed under Comelec c...Keep on reading: Comelec confirms 20 cases of poll-related violence.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt – ABC News

Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans' long-promised legislation to repeal and replace &'8220;Obamacare.&'8221; There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive &'8220;yes&'8221; vote. The final tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence, exercising his constitutional prerogative, breaking the tie after two Republicans joined all 48 Democrats in voting &'8220;no.&'8221; When the Senate voted Tuesday evening on the bill's initial amendment, it underscored how hard it will be for the chamber's divided Republicans to pass a sweeping replacement of Obama's law. By 57-43 — including nine GOP defectors — it blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to erase and replace much of the statute. It included language by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, letting insurers sell cut-rate policies with skimpy coverage, plus an additional $100 billion to help states ease out-of-pocket costs for people losing Medicaid — a provision sought by Midwestern moderates including Rob Portman, R-Ohio. On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before McCain, 80, entered the chamber. Greeted by cheers, he smiled and dispensed hugs — but with the scars from recent surgery starkly visible on the left side of his face. Despite voting &'8220;yes,&'8221; he took a lecturing tone afterward and hardly saw success assured for the legislation after weeks of misfires, even after Tuesday's victory for Trump and Republican leader Mitch McConnell. &'8220;If this process ends in failure, which seems likely, then let's return to regular order,&'8221; McCain said as he chided Republican leaders for devising the legislation in secret along with the administration and &'8220;springing it on skeptical members.&'8221; &'8220;Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, TV and internet. To hell with them!&'8221; McCain said, raising his voice as he urged senators to reach for the comity of earlier times. At the White House earlier, after senators voted to consider the bill, Trump wasted no time in declaring a win and slamming the Democrats anew. &'8220;I'm very happy to announce that, with zero of the Democrats' votes, the motion to proceed on health care has just passed. And now we move forward toward truly great health care for the American people,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;This was a big step. I want to thank Senator John McCain — very brave man.&'8221; Trump continued to celebrate the vote at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio that doubled as a victory lap. &'8220;We're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; nightmare and delivering great health care for the American people&'8221; he said. At its most basic, the Republican legislation is aimed at undoing &'8220;Obamacare&'8221;'s unpopular mandates for most people to carry insurance and businesses to offer it. The GOP would repeal &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; taxes and unwind an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor, the disabled and nursing home residents The result would be 20 million to 30 million people losing insurance over a decade, depending on the version of the bill. The GOP legislation has polled abysmally, while &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; itself has grown steadily more popular. Yet most Republicans argue that failing to deliver on their promises to pass repeal-and-replace legislation would be worse than passing an unpopular bill, because it would expose the GOP as unable to govern despite controlling majorities in the House, Senate and White House. Tuesday's vote amounted to a procedural hurdle for legislation whose final form is impossible to predict under the Senate's byzantine amendment process, which will unfold over the next several days. Indeed senators had no clear idea of what they would ultimately be voting on, and in an indication of the uncertainty ahead, McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will &'8220;let the voting take us where it will.&'8221; The expectation is that he will bring up a series of amendments. Yet after seven years of empty promises, and weeks of hand-wringing and false starts on Capitol Hill, it was the Senate's first concrete step toward delivering on innumerable pledges to undo former President Barack Obama's law. It came after several near-death experiences for earlier versions of the legislation, and only after Trump summoned senators to the White House last week to order them to try again after McConnell had essentially conceded defeat. &'8220;The people who sent us here expect us to begin this debate, to have the courage to tackle the tough issues,&'8221; McConnell said ahead of the vote. Democrats stood implacably opposed, and in an unusual maneuver they sat in their seats refusing to vote until it was clear Republicans would be able to reach the 50-vote margin needed to get them over the top with Pence's help. &'8220;Turn back,&'8221; Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York implored his GOP colleagues before the vote. &'8220;Turn back now, before it's too late and millions and millions and millions of Americans are hurt so badly.&'8221; Schumer's pleas fell on deaf ears, as several GOP senators who'd announced they would oppose moving forward with the legislation reversed themselves to vote &'8220;yes.&'8221; Among them were Dean Heller of Nevada, the most vulnerable Republican senator in next year's midterm elections, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Johnson has recently accused McConnell of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

Barangay /SK polls in Marawi on Sept. 22; Ground Zero’s displaced to vote, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) — Their villages have been reduced to rubble and for 15 months now, residents of the 24 barangays comprising Marawi City’s Ground Zero have been dispersed to other parts of Lanao del Sur, to neighboring Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities and elsewhere but on September 22, they will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Japeth, Romeo lead netizens’ Gilas 3x3 Dream Team; Lassiter, Rosario complete cast

Japeth Aguilar headlined ABS-CBN Sports’ recent poll of Filipino netizens’ Filipino Dream Team for a 3x3 tournament following Gilas Pilipinas’ gallant stand at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. The Ginebra forward led all candidates with 28 mentions on our Facebook and Twitter polls as of 11:30 AM, while TNT star and 3x3 fan favorite Terrence Romeo was close behind with 26 combined votes. San Miguel gunner Marcio Lassiter and KaTropa Troy Rosario, a member of the recent Pinoy 3x3 squad at the FIBA World Cup, were tied at 20 to complete the dream squad. Two high-scoring swingmen, and two mobile bigs who can stretch the floor while gobbling up those rebounds is definitely a good combination for 3x3’s electric style of play. The current iteration of the Pinoy 3X3 squad was the strongest one yet,  made up of Christian Standhardinger, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, and Troy Rosario but fell just short of qualifying into the next round of eliminations of the 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup, but the host squad put up a good fight, even stunning no. 6 Brazil in the Filipinos’ lone win in the tournament. How would you think the 'new' squad will fare? Barely missing the cut is rejuvenated Alaska big man Vic Manuel, who amassed a total of 19 points in the online poll. San Miguel center and four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo garnered 16 votes to place sixth, while Stanley Pringle and Calvin Abueva were tied at 14 mentions each. Beermen Arwind Santos (12) and Christian Standhardinger (11) round out the top 10 of the poll. POLL: After Gilas Pilipinas' gallant stand in the FIBA #3X3WC... Who makes up your Gilas 3X3 Dream Team 🇵🇭🤔 Drop yours below! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/SAU4ARunHb — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 12, 2018   Here are the results:  TOP 10 (Facebook & Twitter as of 11:30 AM) AGUILAR - 28 ROMEO - 26  LASSITER - 20 ROSARIO - 20  MANUEL 19 FAJARDO 16 PRINGLE - 14 ABUEVA - 14 ARWIND - 12 STANDHARDINGER - 11.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

DSWD releases P19.8 M for Boracay residents, workers

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) released P19.8 million for displaced residents and workers of Boracay Island in Aklan province. In a press conference at the session hall of Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay, DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said the amount will aid 1,323 recipients who will each receive P15,000. The recipients include 429 resident […] The post DSWD releases P19.8 M for Boracay residents, workers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Barangay, SK polls vote canvassing, proclamation now 100% – Comelec

All villages were finally finished canvassing votes and have proclaimed their respective winners in the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Thursday.   Comelec spokesman James Jimenez disclosed that proclamations for the village and youth polls were finally at 100% three days after the election day.   "Regarding the proclamations, we're at 100% as of 4:30 a.m. today," Jimenez said in a text message to reporters. /kga...Keep on reading: Barangay, SK polls vote canvassing, proclamation now 100% – Comelec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Duterte skips village polls; Leni votes in Naga

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not vote in barangay (village) elections on Monday, his aide told reporters. Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go, special assistant to the President, confirmed re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Duterte says decision to skip village polls ‘purely political’

President Rodrigo Duterte said he opted not to cast any vote during the barangay elections to “erase suspicion” from his candidate-friends on whether he voted for them or not......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Polls closed: Lost, late voters miss barangay, SK elections 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Past the 3 pm deadline on Monday, May 14, voters in some big barangays in Metro Manila still came to the polling precincts, hoping to be allowed to cast their vote in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections of 2018, which had been ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Politicians use Twitter to encourage public to vote

Public officials went to polling precincts Monday morning to cast their votes for the barangay elections. Source link link: Politicians use Twitter to encourage public to vote.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PRRD to vote in barangay polls in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, May 12 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to vote in Monday's barangay elections here. He would cast his ballot at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School. The President is expec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

PRRD to vote in barangay polls in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, May 12 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to vote in Monday's barangay elections here. He would cast his ballot at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School. The President is expec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Comelec destroys spoiled ballots

Over 1.05 million excess and spoiled ballots were destroyed yesterday by the Commission on Elections at the National Printing Office in Quezon City as part of efforts to prevent fraud during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018