Thursday, March 22, 2018

SK polls to give youth chance to implement reforms

MANILA (22 Mar 2018) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has welcomed the announcement of Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this May would proceed as scheduled.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said this would give the youth a chance to implement their own reforms and development in their communities.

"There is so much potential for genuine change with the anticipated implementation of (the) SK Reform Act as the youth will lead the way to electoral reforms in the country and initiate their own political reforms and development in their communities," Ano said.  "If we don't hold the elections, we are missing out the opportunity to give the youth a chance to meaningfully contribute to barangay development."

The SK Reform Act raised the age requirement of SK officials from 15-17 years old to 18-24 years old for the young public administrators to legally enter into contracts and be held liable for any violation of the law.

It also mandates the DILG and the National Youth Commission (NYC) to jointly design and implement the mandatory and continuing training programs for SK officials.

This includes capability building on leadership, program and project development and sustainability, financial management, and accountability and transparency.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the Barangay and SK elections is set on April 14-20.

Ano said holding the Barangay and SK elections are "very important for the nation," as this would finally implement the SK Reform Act "under a new set of youth leadership."

Among the progressive provisions of the SK Reform Act is its anti-dynasty provision, the first in Philippine history.

The SK Reform Act says an SK candidate "must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official, in the locality where he or she seeks to be elected." [PNA] 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

COMELEC disqualifies 24 groups from 2019 party-list polls

INTRAMUROS, Manila (20 Mar 2018) - The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has disqualified 24 party-list groups from participating in the May 2019 elections.

"The Commission resolves to delist and cancel the registration of the said party-list groups, organizations, and coalitions," said COMELEC Resolution No. 10273 released on Tuesday.

The poll body explained that the delisted groups are those that did not participate in the last two exercises, and/or failed to obtain seat/s in the last two elections.

Of this number, 18 organizations were removed due to the groups' failure to get at least 2 percent of the votes cast for the party-list elections and failure to obtain a set in the second round of seat allocation for the party-list system in the last two preceding elections.

These groups include Disabled/PWD, Sanlakas, Abante Retirees, 1-Abilidad, PISTON, ALE, Ang Prolife, Ating Guro, Umalab Ka, AMA, AMOR Seaman, 1-AALALAY, MTM Phils, Ang Kasangga, AGHAM, Migrante, Awat Mindanao, and 1-Pabahay.

Meanwhile, party-list groups ARCAPP, BIDA, CHINOY, Sabod, and WPI have been delisted due to their failure to participate in the last two preceding elections.

Likewise, the COCOFED group was removed from the list for failure to obtain a seat in the 2010 and 2013 elections and also for not participating in the 2016 polls.

Under the Party-List System Act, the COMELEC may cancel a party-list organization's registration if it fails to participate in the last two preceding elections or fails to obtain at least two percent of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two preceding elections.

On the other hand, the poll body said the concerned party-list groups are given a chance to appeal the ruling. [PNA]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bill postponing village & youth polls to October hurdles 2nd reading

MANILA - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure seeking to postpone the May 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to the second Monday of October of this year.

Monday, March 12, 2018

House panel resets village polls to October

MANILA - THE Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms of the House of Representatives postponed the barangay (village) elections in May in anticipation of a plebiscite for the New Constitution in October 2018.

In a 17-0 vote, the House panel decided to postpone the polls to the second Monday of October.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

COMELEC to probe Sotto fraud expose

THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday said it will investigate alleged poll irregularities earlier exposed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that supposedly altered the results of the 2016 national elections.

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