Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Senate set to postpone the Barangay and SK polls

After being certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the postponement of the barangay and sangguniang kabataan (SK) elections to May 2018.

Voting 17-1 and zero abstention, the Senate approved Senate Bill No. 1584 less than three hours after it approved the measure on second reading.

The bill was approved without the provision that would allow Duterte to appoint barangay officials, which was proposed as part of the government's effort to weed out villages of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs.

"Mr. President, pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, Section 26, Paragraph 2 of the 1987 Constitution, I hereby certify to the necessity of the immediate enactment of Senate Bill No. 1584, entitled an 'Act Postponing the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections,'" Duterte said in a letter addressed to Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III.

Among the 18 senators present during the voting, only Sen. Risa Hontiveros voted against the measure.

"I vote no to the postponement of elections based on the flimsiest of reasons unsubstantiated by evidence and motivated only by the President's desire and intent to have full control over the barangays," Hontiveros said in the explanation of her vote.

"I vote no to holding hostage the legitimate exercise of the democratic right of our citizens and our youth to choose the barangay and youth leaders.  I vote no to stretching too far the mandate of our incumbent barangay officials to the point of compromising their legitimacy and authority to govern," she added.

The senators who voted in favor of the bill were Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, senators Sonny Angara, Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, Nancy Binay, Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Grace Poe, Ralph Recto, Vicente Sotto III, Joel Villanueva, Juan Miguel Zubiri.

This was the second time the Senate approved the postponement of the barangay and SK elections under the Duterte administration. [JHOANNA BALLARAN,]

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

House junks impeach rap vs COMELEC Chair Bautista

Voting 26-2, the House Committee on Justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, after finding it insufficient in form.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

COMELEC sets guidelines on filing of Certificates of Candidacy

MANILA, 14 Sept 2017 - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) yesterday released the guidelines on the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) in connection with the 23 October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Resolution No. 10196 - Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy for the 2017 Barangay and SK Elections

Republic of the Philippines
Intramuros, Manila

Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy in Connection with the October 23, 2017 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections
(Promulgation: 13 September 2017)

The Commission on Elections, by virtue of the 1987 Constitution, the Omnibus Election Code, Republic Act Nos. 7160, 9164, 9340 and 10742, 10173, 10656, 10923 and other election laws, hereby RESOLVED as it hereby RESOLVES to promulgate the following guidelines on the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) in connection with the October 23, 2017 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COMELEC to appeal NPC ruling on hacking of poll body's website

MANILA (12 Jan 2017) - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is set to appeal the decision of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) in connection with the hacking of the former's website in March 2016.

According to COMELEC Chairman Juan Andres Bautista the commission was set to file the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) thru the Solicitor General on Friday, January 13, 2017.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Malacanang tells COMELEC to hold itself accountable for 'Comeleak'

MANILA (7 Jan 2017) - Malacanang on Friday urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to accept accountability for the hack on its database last year that exposed millions of voters to identity theft and fraud.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also called on the COMELEC to release its investigation report on the hack, a day after the National Privacy Commission declared the election watchdog's chair, Andres Bautista, liable for "gross negligence" that left the election body's database highly vulnerable to cyber-attack.

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