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Crime incidents during election down by 81.1%

CRIME INCIDENTS in Western Visayas during the barangay and youth polls on May 14, 2018, decreased by 81.1 percent compared to the previous elections in 2013. Reports from the Regional Joint Security Command Center (RJSCC) showed that only 477 incidents were recorded from April 14 to May 14, 2018. This is lower compared to 2,524 […] The post Crime incidents during election down by 81.1% appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 16th, 2018

Mali votes in key election for violence-hit Sahel

BAMAKO, Mali – Mali went to the polls on Sunday, July 29, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita seeking a second 5-year term in the fragile Sahel state beset by deadly ethnic and jihadist violence. After a campaign marred by violent incidents, 23,000 polling stations opened at 0800 GMT and are scheduled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs

  Mexico City, Mexico -- Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalizing drugs in a bid to curb violent crime.   Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause Tuesday when she made the comment at a university seminar on addressing brutal violence fueled by Mexico's drug cartels, the biggest suppliers to US consumers of cocaine, heroin and other narcotics. It was one of her first public events since Lopez Obrador, a leftist widely known as "AMLO," won a landslide victory in Mexico's July 1 election with a pro...Keep on reading: Mexico’s next government to weigh legalizing drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

W. Visayas’ crime volume down 45%

CRIME incidents in Western Visayas decreased by almost half in the first six months of 2018. Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police chief, reported on July 9 that the crime volume for the first half of the year totaled 13,930 incidents, a 44.77 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2017 with 25,223 […] The post W. Visayas’ crime volume down 45% appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 10th, 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

Crime rate in metro drops by 30%

Metro Manila's top cop on Friday said that the crime rate in the capital last week hit its lowest level since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016.   But homicide cases up   Director Camilo Cascolan, head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), touted a 29.7 percent drop in crime incidents from May 14 to 18 this year, compared to the same period in 2017.   At least 231 crime incidents were reported from May 14 to 18 this year, which was the lowest weekly volume of crime in years, the NCRPO chief said. For the same period last year, 329 crime incidents were reported.   NCRPO data, however, showed that homicide cases...Keep on reading: Crime rate in metro drops by 30%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Lowest crime volume recorded in Metro Manila during barangay, SK polls week

The election week has recorded the lowest crime volume in Metro Manila since the start of the Duterte administration, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Camilo Casco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Albayalde: Violent incidents, vote-buying recorded by PNP on bgy election day

Eight suspected violent incidents and another eight incidents of vote-buying in various parts of the country were recorded by the police during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election day on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Election in Davao region remains peaceful – PNP 11

Authorities in Davao region reported that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan 2018 elections have been peaceful despite some reported incidents before voting day......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

35 killed, 27 wounded in ‘peaceful’ elections

Despite incidents of violence before and during the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, officials said voting was 'relatively peaceful.' As of Monday afternoon, the Philippine National Police had received reports of 47 violent incidents since the election period began on April 14. Thirty-five persons were killed and 27 wounded. In Sultan Kudarat province, a reelectionist village chair in the coastal town of Palimbang was shot dead on Sunday. Mustre Aguib, 51, of Barangay Mina, was driving his motorbike on his way home when gunmen flagged him down and shot him dead, according to Senior Insp. Carl Jayson Baynosa, police chief of Palimbang. In Opol town, M...Keep on reading: 35 killed, 27 wounded in ‘peaceful’ elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

35 killed in suspected barangay, SK elections violence – PNP

MANILA, Philippines – At the close of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) voting Monday, May 14, the Philippine National Police said some 35 people have been killed in incidents of suspected election-releated violence. According to the PNP's latest data published Monday, the fatalities came from 47 recorded cases of violence since ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

33 dead in suspected ERI incidents

AT LEAST 33 people have been killed in suspected Election-Related Incidents or ERIs in different parts of the country since the start of the synchronized Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay election period last April 14, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday. Citing official PNP records, Gen….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Several hitches disrupt Mindanao, Visayas polls

  Several election-related incidents were noted on Monday in various polling places in Visayas and Mindanao, causing disruptions in the conduct of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.   In Cebu City, the counting of ballots in Inayawan Elementary School was temporarily suspended for over 40 minutes due to power interruption.   Lawyer Anna Fleur Gujilde, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu City-South District officer, told reporters that they received the incident report at 6:05 p.m.   The ballot counting resumed 45 minutes later after the power was restored.   "We immediately asked personnel from Veco (Visayan Electrical ...Keep on reading: Several hitches disrupt Mindanao, Visayas polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PNP records 42 violent incidents, 33 deaths during election period

The Philippine National Police monitored at least 42 violent incidents during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections period......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

PNP records 42 violent incidents, 33 deaths during election period - Philippine Star

PNP records 42 violent incidents, 33 deaths during election period - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated 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

‘Election-related’ deaths jump to 33 – Albayalde

Thirty-three people were killed while 26 were wounded in suspected election-related violent incidents since the start of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election period, Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde said Monday. Albayalde said the casualties resulted from 42 incidents, seven of which were validated as election-related. Of those killed, 18 were incumbent government officials, four were candidates, three were former government officials, two were supporters, and six were civilians. The figure is as of 6 a.m. as tallied by the National Election Monitoring and Action Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City. Albayalde said the figures in...Keep on reading: ‘Election-related’ deaths jump to 33 – Albayalde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

24 Killed in Election-Related Incidents: PNP

Some 24 persons were killed so far in incidents related to next week’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Thursday. This number is broken down into 13 elected government officials, three candidates, one former elected government official, one appointed government employee and six civilians. Meanwhile, six were wounded, composed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

21 slain in run-up to Philippine village polls

MANILA: A total of 21 people were slain and five others wounded in at least 16 violent incidents throughout the country in the run-up to the 'barangay' (village) election on May 14, a sen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Police report drop in crimes in Boracay

BORACAY ISLAND – Crime incidents here decreased after its closure to give way to rehabilitation, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 said. Senior Inspector Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, said in an interview on Saturday that they only recorded seven crime incidents from April 23 to 26, a significant drop compared to 40 incidents on April 16 […] The post Police report drop in crimes in Boracay appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Año orders PNP to deploy more cops to election hotspots

WITH the barangay elections less than three weeks away, Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the Philippine National Police to focus on and deploy more men to areas with a history of election-related violent incidents (ERVIs). At the same time, Año directed the police to intensify the conduct….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018