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EDITORIAL - Barangay violence

Over and over again, we have seen how people in this country readily commit murder over political rivalries......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 17th, 2023

EDITORIAL — Miracle

There was good news on the eve of the Lunar New Year: a baby boy and an older girl were pulled out of the rubble buried under mud yesterday in the landslide-hit Barangay Masara in the town of Maco, Davao de Oro......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2024

EDITORIAL - No end to armed violence

While security forces confront renewed terrorist activities in Mindanao, armed violence continues to undermine other aspects of life in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2023

EDITORIAL — Eliminating violence against women

It’s been 30 years since the United Nations General Assembly issued the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2023

Reports on widespread violence belie generally peaceful 2023 elections

WITH THE barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections held last month after five years, 1.41 million Filipinos vied for the village-level posts nationwide, a much higher number of candidates compared to the 2018 elections. The Commission o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2023

Reports on widespread violence belie generally peaceful 2023 elections

WITH THE barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections held last month after five years, 1.41 million Filipinos vied for the village-level posts nationwide, a much higher number of candidates compared to the 2018 elections. The Commission o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 21st, 2023

From the Newsrooms: Death and disorder mar barangay polls

NEWS CAPTURED the political violence that bloodied the first barangay elections in five years. Delayed twice by the pandemic, the vote for grassroots leaders was hotly contested around the country, and the participation of over 68 million registered voters was expected to be high. In the late afternoon of October 30, not one of the over 40,000 barangays declared its failure to conduct the polls.On the eve of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 9th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Post-election murders

From Aug. 28 to Oct. 30, the Commission on Elections counted 19 confirmed killings related to the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. To no one’s surprise, armed attacks related to the BSKE have continued long after the Comelec finished counting the votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2023

From the Newsrooms: Death and disorder mar barangay polls

NEWS CAPTURED the political violence that bloodied the first barangay elections in five years. Delayed twice by the pandemic, the vote for grassroots leaders was hotly contested around the country, and the participation of over 68 million registered voters was expected to be high. In the late afternoon of October 30, not one of the over 40,000 barangays declared its failure to conduct the polls.On the eve of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 8th, 2023

COMELEC reports second shooting incident of BSKE candidate

Commission on Elections chairman George Erwin Garcia announced on Friday that a candidate has been shot in Quezon Province. Garcia said they have monitored an ambush in General Luna, Quezon. “We have monitored an ambush in Quezon recently, the barangay chairman was taken in the hospital,” Garcia said. According to the report of the Quezon Police Provincial Office, the identified victim was Ruben Ilagan Pasia, 63, a resident of Barangay Malaya, General Luna, Quezon, and a running candidate for barangay chairman. This is the second BSKE candidate who has been shot in October. The first victim was running for barangay councilor in Bucay, Abra. “It’s sad because the election is almost two days away. Therefore, the increasing number of violence may not be election-related, other criminals are actually on it. We could not distinguish if it was election-related. What is important is for the police to be alert,” Garcia said. As of 26 October, the COMELEC Anti-Epal Task Force issued 272 show cause orders for illegal campaigning and filed petitions for disqualification against 10 candidates in violation of premature campaigning and three candidates against illegal campaigning. The post COMELEC reports second shooting incident of BSKE candidate appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 27th, 2023

Lanao del Sur village chief bet shot dead  

A candidate in Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur is the latest victim of election-related violence less than a week before the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Lanao Sur village chief bet shot dead  

A candidate in Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur is the latest victim of election-related violence less than a week before the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Safe, comfortable travel

For maritime transport alone, port officials are seeing 1.4 million travelers during the upcoming long holiday break to honor the dead and to vote in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Many more will be traveling by land and air......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Killing to win

As of yesterday, four more murders related to the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections were reported......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 25th, 2023

Editorial: Be vigilant on campaign period do s and don ts

As the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections begins, candidates and voters alike should be aware of the rules and regulations governing the campaign period. campaign tarpaulins and paraphernalia should not exceed the size limit of 2x3 feet, and campaign materials should not be obscene, discriminatory, or offensive. Furthermore, fundraising activities such as dances, lotteries, and cockfights are prohibited, as is vote-buying and vote-selling. Finally, donations and gifts in cash or in kind are also prohibited......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2023

Bucay town poll violence spills in metro

BAGUIO CITY — Hours before the shooting of a barangay kagawad candidate took place in Bucay town, Abra province, the wife of a candidate for village chief in the same town was confirmed abducted by unknown suspects in Parañaque City. Reports from the Parañaque City Police Station disclosed that the victim — identified as Bliss Progreso Loy, a teacher of Col. E de Leon Elementary School in Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque City — was abducted in the morning of 18 October 2023. Initial investigations revealed that the teacher, together with her siblings, were on board a motorcycle at Matthew Street, Barangay Moonwalk, Parañaque City when two male persons on board a motorcycle blocked their way. The suspects grabbed the teacher and forced her inside a black van with plate number ABR-5730. The alleged kidnap victim is the wife of Benjamin Loy, a candidate for captain of Barangay Abang in Bucay town, Abra. Days before the alleged abduction, their house in the said barangay was ransacked by unknown assailants. The police are reviewing the CCTV footages to identify the suspects and the direction where the black van headed. At past 7 a.m. on 18 October, a candidate for barangay kagawad was shot two times by unidentified gunmen at Sitio Nagpasinan, Barangay Bangbangcag, Bucay, Abra. The victim was identified as Catalino Turalba Sr., a resident of Barangay Bangbangcag. Police reported that Turalba was on board his motorcycle with his son and was said to be heading to Barangay Palaquio of the same town. On their way, a riding on tandem followed him and one of the suspects shot him two times with a pistol of unidentified caliber. The victim was rushed to the St. Therese Hospital in Talogtog, Dolores, Abra by personnel of the 1504th Regional Mobile Force Battalion. He was later transferred to the Abra Provincial Hospital in Bangued where he expired. On 9 October 2023, an encounter ensued between the Bucay police and armed men where one of the suspects died. Series of events which led to the latest incident involving Turalba have brought “fear” among the people in the  province and a sense of “helplessness” as reports of armed men continue to roam around. Abra officials appealed for the deployment of more government troops in the province especially in Bucay because of the election-related violence happening in the area. While the sight of uniformed personnel helps, a number of  Abrenios clamor for further intervention of various groups and stakeholders to call out presence of violence in the  province. The post Bucay town poll violence spills in metro appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 19th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Gauge of integrity

Two days before the start of the official campaign period for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, a candidate for village council member or kagawad was gunned down in the town of Bucay in Abra. Catalino Turalba Sr. was on a motorcycle with his son on their way to their barangay on Tuesday morning when two men on another motorcycle tailed them and opened fire. Turalba died in a hospital. His assailants are at large......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Pressured to withdraw

After several postponements that the Supreme Court officially ruled to be unconstitutional, the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are finally pushing through this Oct. 30. As in other electoral exercises, there are high hopes for change through the BSKE......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2023

Abra seeks more cops, soldiers for BSKE

The provincial government of Abra wants more police officers and soldiers deployed in the area to thwart any possible increase in election-related violence as the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections draw near......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Driver of inflation

With the inflation rate still rising, so-called pass-through fees for the transport of commodities have been suspended nationwide. Transport, agriculture and business groups have welcomed the suspension of the fees collected by local government units, barangay offices and police......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Fighting digital vote buying

As in previous election seasons, banks and financial institutions are again being told to be vigilant against the use of the banking system for vote buying and selling as well as money laundering. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issued the reminder to BSP-supervised financial institutions or BSFI with the approach of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2023