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PNP, Comelec seek proof of vote-buying

ONLY eight cases of alleged vote-buying were reported to police in Western Visayas amid numerous claims circulating in the mainstream and social media. These incidents are now under investigation by the Commission on Elections 6 (Comelec-6) and the PNP. Superintendent Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) spokesperson, said not one person was caught in […] The post PNP, Comelec seek proof of vote-buying appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 15th, 2018

Show proof of vote buying, DILG pressed

The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will investigate its members who committed electioneering and other violations of the election law during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Monday. But the party president, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) must provide evidence against the officials. "If the DILG gives us the evidence, [we will investigate]. We have no feedback as of now," Pimentel told reporters on Tuesday. Opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives also challenged the DILG to substantiate the claim of Undersecretary Martin Dio that congressmen...Keep on reading: Show proof of vote buying, DILG pressed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

VOTE BUYING RAMPANT IN POLLS: Comelec orders probe on Western Visayas

By: Jennifer P. Rendon, Dolly Yasa, and Louine Hope Conserva REPORTS of massive vote buying and selling were reported in various parts of Western Visayas as the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections unfolded on May 14, 2018. Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez, who is an Ilonggo, said they are validating reports of vote-buying […] The post VOTE BUYING RAMPANT IN POLLS: Comelec orders probe on Western Visayas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

Stop vote buying, Comelec, PNP urged

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday asked the Commission on Elections and the Philippine National Police to crack down on vote buying. The Omnibus Election Code prohibits the exchange of anything of value to induce a voter to vote for or against a particular candidate, an act commonly referred….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 13th, 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

Vote-buying complaint filed vs Deputy Speaker Abu in Batangas

BATANGAS, Philippines – Two barangay officials of Batangas have filed a complaint before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu, Representative of the Second District of Batangas, for alleged "vote-buying" in connection with the nearing barangay polls. In a 5-page complaint filed on Thursday, May 10, Norberto Abanilla ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

NDFP to bets: No guns, stop vote-buying

DAVAO CITY --- The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Tuesday warned candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections against vote-buying and bringing firearms when campaigning in areas where communist rebels operate. In a statement, Maria Malaya, spokesperson for the NDFP in northeastern Mindanao, said the move was aimed at protecting voters against harassment and corrupt practices that could affect the outcome of the May 14 elections. She said candidates who have secured permits from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to carry firearms outside their homes should not bring their security aides to areas controlled by the New People's Army (NPA)....Keep on reading: NDFP to bets: No guns, stop vote-buying.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Despite Sotto speech, Comelec to still rely on Smartmatic

  BACOLOD CITY---Vote-counting machines (VCMs) provided by an election technology firm that Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III wanted blacklisted were likely to be used in next year's elections, according to a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official.   Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, in a press conference on Wednesday, said at least 92,000 VCMs from Smartmatic could be bought by the Comelec because it would be cheaper than to continue leasing them.   The Comelec, she said, planned to exercise its option to purchase the Smartmatic VCMs because it would be less expensive than renting or buying new machines "from somewhere else." &nb...Keep on reading: Despite Sotto speech, Comelec to still rely on Smartmatic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Robredo: 25% valid vote threshold shows true intent of voters

THE 25 percent threshold for valid vote set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the 2016 polls upholds the intent of the voter, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said on Sunday. Robredo was responding to the Comelec’s comment filed before the Supreme Court, which affirmed Robredo’s position that the ongoing recount for the [...] The post Robredo: 25% valid vote threshold shows true intent of voters appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Comelec backs Robredo appeal: 25% shading threshold used in 2016 polls

The Commission on Elections backed Vice President Leni Robredo’s argument that a threshold of 25% was used during the determination of vote validity in the 2016 national and local elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Tacloban’s ‘ALNO

Insights.xlr8 At 83, Sevillano T. Baldesco Jr. is a superhero out to make the world a better place. He tackles varied issues – from the mundane to the momentous – affecting Filipinos especially in Leyte. From vote-buying and PUV routes, to erecting a grandiose statue of Christ similar to that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Robredo appeal for 25% valid vote threshold in recount gets business group’s support

THE Makati Business Club (MBC) has endorsed Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s appeal before the Supreme Court to set the valid vote threshold at 25 percent of the oval of the ballot based on the September 2016 Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution on manual counting of votes. The MBC was referring to Robredo’s pending… link: Robredo appeal for 25% valid vote threshold in recount gets business group’s support.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Namfrel supports ban on Smartmatic

The National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) is supporting the proposal to ban Smartmatic International from supplying vote counting machines (VCM) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for next year’s polls......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

House minority bloc to Comelec: Replace Smartmatic or no 2019 budget

The House minority bloc will move for the rejection of the 2019 budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) if it would not replace Smartmatic as its vote-counting machines (VCMs) provider, Hou.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Comelec to tap Solicitor General Calida in Marcos protest, says poll tribunal source

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will tap the services of Solicitor General Jose Calida in filing a comment on the pending appeal of the Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo asking the Supreme Court—sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)—to set the valid vote threshold for the manual counting of votes in the 2016 Vice Presidential [...] The post Comelec to tap Solicitor General Calida in Marcos protest, says poll tribunal source appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Solon accused of vote buying wants Diño summoned - Inquirer.net

Solon accused of vote buying wants Diño summoned - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Solon: Identify vote-buyers in bgy, SK polls

A HOUSE leader has sought to summon Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño in a congressional hearing to identify the 100 congressmen whom he accused of vote-buying and other election-related offenses during the last barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In a privilege speech, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu questioned….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 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

House leader to seek consensus on BBL

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias vowed on Tuesday to find a consensus among pro and anti-Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) lawmakers as the lower chamber seeks to fast-track the passage of the proposed legislation by May 30. Farias said they will probably hold a caucus next week "to sift through the different conflicting provisions (of the BBL)" and to "find middle ground" between opposing sides.   "They will convince each other, give and take sila. Our Muslim brothers and sisters want the version presented by Bangsamoro Transition Commission, ang others iba... pag-usapan na natin ng maaga, mag-debate, all members will be there and vote on provisions para sa plenary mabilis na...Keep on reading: House leader to seek consensus on BBL.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Village elections marred by vote-buying

MANILA: Increasing charges of vote-buying on Monday marred the conduct of the election of new set of officers for the country's 42,000 'barangay' (villages) even as the Philippine Na.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018