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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

Palace hands-off on vote-buying probe

By Jason Faustino Presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday said it is up to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to probe or not lawmakers and local government officials accused of meddling in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño has claimed that at least 100 congressmen and 1,000 local […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 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

Vote buying, ballot snatching reported in Isabela City

The conduct of the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in Isabela City was marred by varied complaints, including ballot snatching and vote buying, according to authorities......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News17 hr. 32 min. ago

Sison predicts ‘Yes’ vote to win in Bangsamoro plebiscite

LUCENA CITY---Despite the strong opposition against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), top communist rebel Jose Maria Sison conceded that the proposed statute would still be ratified in the plebiscite due to President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged coercive influence. "It is highly probable that the Yes vote will win in the plebiscite on BOL because of the advantageous position of Duterte due to the suasive force and effect of martial law, control of the Comelec and putting the PNP (Philippine National Police) in charge of voting in so-called trouble spots," Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in a statement from Utrecht in the Netherlands Monday. He claimed...Keep on reading: Sison predicts ‘Yes’ vote to win in Bangsamoro plebiscite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News22 hr. 58 min. ago

Multi sectoral campaign against vote buying launched in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- The campaign on anti-vote buying for the forthcoming May 2019 national and local elections is now rolled out in the city in line with efforts to ensure honest, orderly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Marawi rehab task force to seek exemption from election spending ban

MANILA, Philippines – Owing to the urgency of rehabilitating Marawi City, the executive branch will ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exempt it from the upcoming election ban on public spending and construction of public works. National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Panties for your vote? Comelec says underwear OK as campaign material | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines --- Using panties as campaign material is essentially allowed as the Philippines' election laws do not differentiate on articles of clothing that may be used as campaign materi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Panties for your vote? Comelec says underwear OK as campaign material

  MANILA, Philippines --- Using panties as campaign material is essentially allowed as the Philippines' election laws do not differentiate on articles of clothing that may be used as campaign material, an official from Commission on Elections said on Friday. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez explained that a pair of panties is not so different from t-shirts or caps that are usually used as campaign giveaways. "If you think about it, walang pinag-iba ang panty sa cap o sa t-shirt, right (the panty is no different from a t-shirt or cap, right)? It is an article of clothing," Jimenez said in a press conference. "Ultimately, as far as the law is concerned, there doesn't...Keep on reading: Panties for your vote? Comelec says underwear OK as campaign material.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Trump calls for shutdown talks

WASHINGTON, United States – President Donald Trump on Tuesday invited Republican and Democratic leaders from Congress for a meeting to seek an end to the federal government shutdown now in its second week. The two sides have appeared at an impasse, with Trump’s Democratic foes seeking a vote on spending bills to keep the government […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

Trump calls for shutdown talks with Congress leaders

WASHINGTON DC, USA – President Donald Trump on Tuesday, January 1, invited Republican and Democratic leaders from Congress for a meeting to seek an end to the federal government shutdown now in its second week. The two sides have appeared at an impasse, with Trump's Democratic foes seeking a vote on spending ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

Rebels say warlordism, vote buying rampant in Abra

The communist rebel forces operating in Abra province claimed that despite the different task force formed in the past to eliminate private armies and vote buying, the practice remains and continues to worsen in Abra......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

Comelec issues guidelines for poll gun ban exemption

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday released guidelines to avail exemptions to the gun ban, which will be imposed for the May 2019 elections. Carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons will be prohibited during the election period or from January 13, 2019 to June 12, 2019, according to the poll body. But under Comelec Resolution No. 10446, qualified persons may seek the exemption from the gun ban by applying for Certificate of Authority (CA) at the Comelec through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP). The poll body said application forms and requirements for the CA may be submitted to the CBFSP office at Comelec's main office in Intram...Keep on reading: Comelec issues guidelines for poll gun ban exemption.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

What vote impacts lives of seniors like us

"We shall never change our leaders until we change the people who elect them."---Mark Skousen, economist/author "The circus in town!" So observed the media during the last-minute rush of filing of COCs (Certificates of Candidacy) by the motley group of political aspirants for next year's midterm elections. This also reflects the attitude of many Filipinos who have come to view our elections with skepticism. Based on experience, many voters are wary that our periodic electoral exercises are fraught with systemic and external flaws, with mixed results in terms of credibility or validity, specially on the local level. The terms "vote buying," "tampered returns," "flying voters" and...Keep on reading: What vote impacts lives of seniors like us.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Pimentel calls disqualification case nuisance petition

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Monday described the disqualification case against him as a "nuisance petition," saying he was confident he could prove his eligibility to seek another term in the 2019 midterm elections. "Lawyers will answer the petition in due time if still required by Comelec (Commission on Elections). However, Comelec may surprise us by dismissing the petition outright for being a nuisance petition," he said. Pimentel, president of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, questioned the motivation of lawyer Ferdinand Topacio in seeking his disqualification. Two successive terms In his petition, Topacio cited the Aratea and Latasa ele...Keep on reading: Pimentel calls disqualification case nuisance petition.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018