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Comelec rules party-list nominees must ‘belong’ to sector they represent

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has issued the rules on the qualification of candidates for party-list representatives, mandating that nominees prove they “belong” to the marginalized sector they seek to represent.

The commission en banc, in a resolution signed March 25, laid out eight criteria for party-list nominees.Aside from the ministerial requirements, the commission defined the nominee as “one who belongs to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s, the sectoral party, organization, political party or coalition he seeks to represent,” the resolution said.

The Comelec also directed the nominees to prove that they showed “active participation” in the advancement of their sector. The nominees should present their “declarations, speeches, written articles” to show their active advocacy of their sector, the resolution said.The Comelec issued the resolution to allow citizens to oppose the candidacy of nominees who they believe are not qualified to represent a marginalized group.

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Lax party-list rules dividing ‘marginalized’ sectors

MANILA, Philippines—While the intent of the introducing the party-list system 4 elections ago is to give smaller parties and organizations, including those of supposed marginalized sectors, the chance to send nominees to Congress, the rules governing the exercise are achieving the opposite.

The trend has been for several groups from the same sectors or with the same advocacies to compete against each other for a limited constituency, instead of consolidating their forces. The result: none of them are likely to get any seat, and their sectors or advocacies don’t get represented in the House.

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Ultraviolet lamps will be used to check ballots’ authenticity

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

Ultraviolet (UV) lamps will be used on election day to check whether ballots are true and genuine, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.

The poll body will use UV lamps to manually verify each ballot through its UV markings, after it reportedly decided to turn off one of the functions of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The machines are originally expected not just to count and check the votes as marked on the ballots, but also to verify genuine ballots and reject counterfeit ones.

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Presidential bet risks disqualification after exceeding airtime limit

Don’t look now, but a presidential candidate with substantial television advertisements may end up being disqualified.

That is, if the government’s poll body will be able to strictly implement Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act, which imposes limits on allowed TV airtime for campaign ads.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed on Wednesday one presidential bet has already exceeded the 120-minute TV airtime limit allowed for candidates for the country’s highest position.

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Rebel groups out to disrupt May 10 polls, says PNP

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Abu Sayyaf terrorists and other rebel groups are plotting to carry out bombings, kidnappings and other illegal activities to disrupt the May 10 elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

Chief Supt. Noel Manabat, PNP deputy intelligence chief, said an Abu Sayyaf cell led by a certain Abu Benhur was poised to undertake the attacks.

Speaking at the security conference with military and election officials at Camp Crame, Manabat also raised the possibility that the bandit group and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front might support some candidates.

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Widespread poll failure ‘pure fantasy,’ says Melo

TACLOBAN CITY—Local hiccups, maybe. Widespread breakdown, no way.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Jose Melo on Tuesday dismissed as “pure fantasy” fears of a failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections.

In a meeting here with officials of the military, police and the Comelec in Eastern Visayas, Melo admitted glitches could occur but that he did not expect these to happen on a large scale and affect the outcome of the May 10 balloting.

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AND: PNP conducts own election survey

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CBCP: Clergy may join revolt

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday some members of the clergy are planning to join another popular revolt in the event of a failure of elections.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman, said a failure of elections where no president is proclaimed would force people to take to the streets.

“This (event) is one of those instances when the people would need guidance (from us),” Iniguez said.

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LP warns Comelec of serious repercussions in case of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II yesterday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to install safeguards to ensure the credibility of the coming elections.

In a letter sent to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, Aquino and Roxas raised concerns regarding the Comelec’s refusal of their request to review the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The LP candidates also said it was “unfair” of the Comelec to come up with a ballot design favoring Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar and for “unreasonably” disqualifying a number of their local candidates.

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AND: Palace on Noynoy threat of protests: Bring it on

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Early ARMM elections

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

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IN December, in the aftermath of the politically motivated massacre of killing of 52 persons, including journalists, in Maguindanao, Atty. Macabangkit B. Lanto, former ambassador and his brother Atty. Benjamin B. Lanto filed a petition last year with the Comelec, asking for earlier elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Besides addressing the issue of electoral violence, citing the mass execution attributed to the Ampatuans, the brothers also noted then that “holding the election earlier in the ARMM will address the requirements of Republic Act No. 8436, otherwise known as the Automated Election System Law (the “Automated Election Law”), as amended by Republic Act No. 9369, that the machine or Precinct Count Optical Scanner (“PECOS”) shall be tested first in some areas in the country before it is actually used in the May 10, 2010 National Elections. And if successful in the ARMM, it will allay all fears and apprehensions about machine’s capability and viability. And if there are corrective moves that the Honorable Commission has to undertake, it will have enough lead time to do it.”

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LP doubts automation/JBC inhibitions needed

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc
Philippine Star

From the start info-tech experts have been voicing doubts about poll automation. But election candidates largely ignore them. Politicos are either too busy campaigning or techno-illiterate or taken in by mass enthusiasm for automation. Insight can’t sink in that they’d be the first losers in a computer snafu.

Finally, one party has studied the process and pointing up defects. The Liberal Party is raising the alarm of looming failure of election from computer flop. Presidential standard-bearer Noynoy Aquino and running mate Mar Roxas are set to meet the Comelec brass today to gauge if it’s still salvageable. They have good reason to fear no-proclamation of winners for President, VP and senators. Gloria Arroyo’s body language points to it: her congressional run, touchy police-military promotions, insistence on naming the next CJ, multibillion-peso midnight deals, kith and kin sneaking into Congress via party lists, and spokesmen’s talk of juntas. An unreformed Comelec, which she used to rig her 2004 presidential run, could be part of the plot.

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Mikey seeks to be voice of security guards in Congress

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – It's official. Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Juan Miguel ‘Mikey’ Arroyo is a nominee of Galing Pinoy for the party-list race.

Galing Pinoy is a party that seeks to represent security guards in the House of Representatives.

The official nomination of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s eldest son for Galing Pinoy was submitted before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) law department on Tuesday.

Although he can seek a third and last term as representative of the 2nd district of Pampanga, Rep. Arroyo has given way to his mother, who has chosen to run for Congress even after serving as president for more than 9 years.

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No election failure if voters cast their ballots, Comelec says

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Everything will be alright as long as voters cast their ballots on May 10, the Commission on Elections said, in an attempt to allay poll failure fears.

“Vote so that there would be no failure of elections. Even if everything failed to function, as long as people voted, there (will be) elections,” Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento told reporters in an interview.

The only time that a failure of elections can occur is when no voting happens, which may take place in case of a natural disaster, violence, terrorism, fraud, and other related causes, he said.

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Party list reps accepted even though they’re not from marginalized

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accepted party-list nominees even though they do not necessarily come from marginalized sectors they are supposed to represent.

This was admitted by Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento on Tuesday.

Although a case — Ang Bagong Bayani-OFW vs. Comelec — states that nominees must represent marginalized and underpresented sectors, it remains unclear what this means.

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Supreme Court says Joselito Mendoza is still Bulacan governor

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

At a press conference, Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez said nine magistrates voted in favor of Mendoza's petition, four dissented, while two abstained.

The court said there was “grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Commission on Elections” when it ordered Mendoza to leave the provincial capitol in early March.

But Marquez said Pagdanganan's camp could still file a motion for reconsideration, adding that the court had to release the order because the deadline for the ante order ends today (Tuesday).

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Over 6M Filipinos will find it difficult to vote

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Over six million Filipinos who are “functionally illiterate” will find it difficult to vote in the upcoming first ever national automated elections in May, a group said on Monday.

These six million Filipinos who find it difficult to read, write, compute, and comprehend may be unable to vote effectively on May 10, according to election watch dog Compact Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections.

Tomas “Butch” Africa, former administrator of the National Statistics Office, said that 16 percent of 40 million Filipinos will find it difficult to vote in the upcoming elections, raising fears of cheating.

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Comelec mulls imposing fines on bets over illegal campaign materials

Aside from possible disqualification, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official on Monday said the poll body is thinking of imposing fines to candidates who continue to violate regulations on campaign materials.

“We discussed… the taking down of campaign materials and the fees that may be imposed on the political parties in tearing down these illegally placed campaign materials,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters in an interview.

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10 of 3,000 teachers fail PCOS machine training

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

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Disclose nominees, party-list groups told

MANILA, Philippines—Nominees of party-list organizations, no matter how controversial they may be, should not hide behind their group’s name.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will promptly release the names of the nominees of all 187 party-list groups, according to its legal department director, Ferdinand Rafanan.

Each party-list group is required to submit to the Comelec the names of at least five nominees by March 26.

Rafanan said he would disclose the list of all nominees of the party-list groups the day after the deadline.

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‘Check if you’re on list of multiple registrants’

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Voters are advised to check their names in the watch list of multiple registrants to avoid disenfranchisement in the May 10 elections.

Elections Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said voters have only eight week to verify whether they are in the list of double registrants.

“We encourage people to visit the Comelec offices in the different cities and municipalities to just verify their records and avoid confusion,” he said.

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Comelec stumped by ads showing several bets

MANILA, Philippines–Television commercials on which more than one candidate is shown save money for the aspirants to public office, but computing how many seconds should be credited to each candidate poses a dilemma for the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the poll body would have to determine whether to count the whole ad against the allotted time credit of a candidate, or just the portions of it where the candidate appeared.

Larrazabal took note of the issue amid reports that many of the candidates for president had nearly used up the 120 minutes of commercials per TV station that they are allowed during the campaign period, as prescribed by the Fair Election Act.

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Police, military bike for credible May polls

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of military and police personnel joined a bikathon on Saturday morning to signify their call for credible May 10 elections.

About 700 members of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force and Philippine Marines biked from the Villamor Airbase to the Mall of Asia in Pasay City. They vowed to safeguard the people’s votes on the day of the election.

“This is to trumpet the advocacy of the Philippine Air Force for an honest and peaceful elections,” said PAF spokesperson, Maj. Gerardo Zamudio.

After the bikathon, top officials of the police, military officials and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) signed a covenant for credible polls.

They hope to dispel reports of a possible military takeover in the event of a failure of elections.

“The chief-of-staff (Gen. Delfin Bangit) has answered that several times. He said the AFP will not take illegal orders,” he said. (ABS-CBN News Online Beta)

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Palace sees junta if polls collapse

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday assured the public there would be no failure of elections this May but warned of a possible military takeover in the ensuing chaos arising from such an event.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas said President Arroyo is definitely stepping down on June 30 and arrangements were already laid out for a peaceful turnover to the next chief executive.

Planas made the statement amid talks of a possible failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections allegedly being orchestrated by the administration to prolong Mrs. Arroyo’s stay in power, starting with the appointment of her trusted generals to top posts in the military.

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AFP, PNP chiefs meet amid talk of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Jesus Verzosa met behind closed doors in Camp Crame on Friday.

The two were tight-lipped about the meeting.

But observers said it may have something to do with Verzosa’s position on the possibility of having a holdover president in the event of a failure of elections.

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Abolish the PASG

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

WHAT do Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr. Gregorio “Greggy” Araneta III. Jose “Joe” Taruc have in common? These are three individuals with widely disparate backgrounds.

Danding is chairman of corporate giant San Miguel Corporation and founder of the Nationalist Citizens Party (NCP). A very rich man, really. He is also the uncle of two presidential candidates – Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III of the Liberal Party and Gilbert “Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi CMD.

Greggy is a scion of the equally wealthy Araneta clan and while he is the husband of Irene Marcos, daughter and youngest child of President Ferdinand Marcos, he seems to be a very private person.

Joe is the famous broadcaster with that unique, sonorous voice who is now a senatorial candidate of the Lakas-Kampi CMD.

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