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    COMELEC Announcements

    Hello PExers!

    Announcements from the COMELEC will be posted in this thread.

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    Voter's Registration Information

    Voter’s Registration Information

    Voter registration is a requirement for any qualified Filipino citizen who wishes to vote in any Philippine election. It has been defined by Republic Act No. 9189 as "the act of accomplishing and filing of a sworn application for registration by a qualified voter before the election officer of the city or municipality wherein he resides and including the same in the book of registered voters upon approval by the Election Registration Board."
    There are several things to take notice of here:

    1. Accomplishing an application does not automatically mean that an applicant becomes a registered voter. He (or she) needs to file the accomplished Application Form by personally submitting it before the Election Officer (EO), who is the COMELEC's local representative in all cities and municipalities in the country, including districts in highly urbanized cities (HUCs), such the cities in Metro Manila, and the cities of Cebu, Davao and Zamboanga.

    2. Even after submitting the accomplished Application Form before the EO, the applicant is still not yet considered as a registered voter. His (or her) Application has to be approved by the Election Registration Board (ERB), which meets once every quarter only – on the third Monday of April, July, October and January of every calendar year.

    3. After the ERB approval of all qualified applicants, the approved Application Forms are then included in the Book of Registered Voters, together with all the other registered voters in the city, municipality or HUC district, and the concerned registration applicants are then finally considered as registered voters of the concerned locality.

    In this connection, the COMELEC has set the period for the resumption of the system of continuing registration within the following dates:

    1. From 03 MAY 2011 to 31 OCTOBER 2012 for non-ARMM areas (pursuant to Resolution No. 9168 dated 22 March 2011);

    2. From 05 MARCH 2012 to 31 OCTOBER 2012 (pursuant to dated 25 January 2012), for ARMM areas;

    3. From 31 OCTOBER 2011 to 31 OCTOBER 2012, for overseas Filipinos (pursuant to Resolution No. 9269 dated 03 August 2011);

    Those who are not yet registered voters and who wish to participate in this coming electoral exercise should make sure that they file their Applications for Registration within the corresponding periods stated above at the local COMELEC office in their respective places of residence.

    Existing registered voters should make sure that their registration records have not been deactivated by failing to vote in two consecutive regular elections - e.g. the 2010 Barangay Elections, and the 2010 National and Local Elections. You may use thePrecinct Finder facility in this website to verify the status of your registration. Deactivated voters may file an application for the reactivation of their registration records.

    Applications for transfer of registration record (for those who have moved to another place of residence), for change of name (for those who have legally changed names, such as single female voters who got married), and for correction of entries (such as for a change of civil status, and other entries in the registration record) may also be applied for within the above-mentioned period.

    Old registered voters who have not yet had their biometrics information digitally captured may file for an application for validation, which would enable their photographs, fingerprints and signatures taken using the Voter Registration Machine (VRM). These biometrics information are needed for the printing and issuance of the Voter's ID card.

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    Registration Requirements and Procedure

    Registration Requirements:

    Pursuant to Sections 5 and 6 of Resolution No. 9149, to be a “qualified applicant” for registration, a person must satify all of the following requirements:

    • A Filipino citizen;
    • At least eighteen (18) years of age;
    • A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year;
    • A resident in the place wherein he proposes to vote for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election; and
    • Not otherwise disqualified by law.

    Even if you satisfy the first four (4) requirements, you will be disqualified from filing or you will not be allowed to file an application for registration if you are any one of the following:

    • Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
    • Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
    • Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.


    Registration Procedure:

    Pursuant to Section 8 of Resolution No. 9149

    1. A qualified applicant need only to appear personally at the local COMELEC office.
    2. The applicant's identity and residence will be verified. (Bring a valid ID with photograph and signature.)
    3. The applicant's status of registration will also be verified.
    4. This may be done using a computer application at the EO’s office, or using the on-line Precinct Finder facility in this Website.
    5. After a successful verification of the applicants identity, the applicant shall be given three (3) application forms to fill up:
    6. The applicant's biometrics will then be digitally captured.
    7. An Acknowledgment Receipt will be given to the applicant afterwards.

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    Registration Centers:

    Registration Centers:

    Pursuant to Section 2 of Resolution No. 9149, registration centers shall be at the local COMELEC office or the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in every district, city or municipality where the applicant resides. Most of the time, it is located at or near the city or municipal hall.

    Caloocan City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Caloocan City, 1st District
    2/F Reyes Bldg, Zabarte St. Camarin,
    Caloocan City (Bukid Area)
    (02) 962-3531

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Caloocan City, 2nd District
    1/F CIBU Bldg., 1474 A. Mabini St.
    (beside Petron gas station, in front of PNB)
    (02) 351-6305

    Las Piñas City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Las Piñas City
    Las Piñas City Hall Annex
    (02) 874-3525

    Makati City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Makati City, 1st District
    2/F Central Fire Station Bldg.,
    Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
    (02) 843-7268

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Makati City, 2nd District
    2/F Central Fire Station Bldg.,
    Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
    (02) 844-3155

    Malabon City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Malabon City
    2/F City Market Compound,Malabon City
    (02) 351-1559

    Mandaluyong City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Mandaluyong City
    2/F Mandaluyong City Hall
    Gym-Annex., Mandaluyong City
    (02) 532-2486

    Manila City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 1st District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 528-0622

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 2nd District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 527-5079

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 3rd District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 528-0618

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 4th District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 527-9681 , (02) 528-0620

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 5th District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 528-0614

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Manila City, 6th District
    2/F Geriatrics Foundation Bldg.
    Lions Road, Arroceros, Manila
    (at the back of Brgy. Bureau, near LRT-1 Central Station)
    (02) 527-6068

    Marikina City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Marikina City
    3/F Market Place Marikina City
    (02) 646-1665

    Muntinlupa City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Muntinlupa City
    Baywalk Bayanan., Muntinlupa City
    (02) 862-6616

    Navotas City
    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Navotas
    Old City Hall., Navotas City
    (02) 281-8663

    Parañaque City
    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Parañaque City
    3/F Sta. Lucia Bldg.,
    Sta. Lucia St., San Antonio Valley 1. Parañaque City
    (02) 825-9836

    Pasay City
    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Pasay City, 1st District
    Former Pasay City Public Library
    Pasadena Corner Harrison St. Pasay City
    (02) 551-0595

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Pasay City, 2nd District
    Former Pasay City Public Library
    Pasadena Corner Harrison St. Pasay City
    (02) 551-0393

    Pasig City
    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Pasig City, 1st District
    3/F Pasig City Hall Pasig City
    (02) 641-1924

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Pasig City, 2nd District
    3/F Pasig City Hall Pasig City
    (02) 641-1924

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Pateros
    4/F Municipal Bldg. Pateros Metro, Manila
    (02) 643-9902

    Quezon City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Quezon City, 1st District
    Quezon Ave., City Hall Compound (at the back of Hall of Justice)
    (02) 922-4938

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Quezon City, 2nd District
    Quezon Ave., City Hall Compound (at the back of Hall of Justice)
    (02) 928-4053

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Quezon City, 3rd District
    Quezon Ave., City Hall Compound (at the back of Hall of Justice)
    (02) 924-1414

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC - Quezon City, 4th District
    Quezon Ave., City Hall Compound (at the back of Hall of Justice)
    (02) 924-6174
    San Juan City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC-San Juan
    3/F City Hall Bldg. Annex, San Juan City
    (02) 724-3210

    Taguig City
    Office of the Election Officer
    City Hall Bldg., Annex
    Taguig City
    (02) 542-3996

    Valenzuela City

    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC-Valenzuela City, 1st District
    Valenzuela City Hall AnnexValenzuela City
    (02) 292-0211
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    Office of the Election Officer
    COMELEC-Valenzuela City, 2nd District
    Valenzuela City Hall Annex
    Valenzuela City
    (02) 292-0211
    loc. 258

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    Comelec purges close to 300,000 underage, multiple registrants from ARMM voters' list

    MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections has erased almost 300,000 underage and multiple registrants from the voters' list in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

    Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the illegitimate voters were discovered after the poll body began the verification of voters a few months ago through the biometrics system and the automated fingerprint identification system of AFIS.

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    Ballot Template

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    Precint Finder

    Check your voter registration info in the COMELEC's precint finder.

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    Comelec spokesman: Recent rules on source code review done for 'everyone’s protection'
    March 6, 2013 5:03pm

    The Commission on Elections’ recently published rules on groups that are eligible to conduct source code review for the upcoming May 2013 polls were “to protect everyone” and to avoid possible undermining of the elections, a poll official said.

    At a press briefing on Wednesday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the qualifications of, and limitations on groups allowed and prohibited to do the review were done for greater efficiency and for everyone’s safety.

    “So what all we did here was to make sure only legitimate reviewers are allowed to review, that they have a demonstrable interest and basically this is to protect everyone din,” he said.

    In a resolution dated March 1, the Comelec issued the rules for groups who are qualified to review the source codes, which are human readable instructions or software.

    According to the resolution, eligible political parties or groups that can conduct a source code review must be:

    Political, sectoral, or coalition of parties registered and/or accredited by the Comelec
    Independent candidates running for a nationwide national position
    Any legitimate organization or group accredited by the Comelec, including its accredited citizens’ arms, which possess the technical capability and expertise in conducting the source code review.

    On the other hand, the following groups cannot participate in the source code review:

    Any religious sect or denomination, organization, or association, organized for religious purposes
    Any foreign party or organization
    Any group or organization that is receiving money or other forms of financial support from any foreign government, political party, foundation or organization, whether directly or through any of its officers or members, or indirectly through third parties.

    According to Jimenez, the credibility of the May 2013 polls could possibly be compromised if the rules for the source code review did not have limitations.

    “If you give the code to people who are not qualified, to look at the code or who are just out to find something they don’t understand and say that it’s wrong, then you’ll have an effect where the credibility of the elections can be undermined, simply because of someone’s uninformed opinion,” he said.

    “And that’s very dangerous for the rest of us. So all this is is that it formalizes who are interested groups, it defines what your interest should be, and it sets certain standards for your ability to review the code,” he added. — Gian C. Geronimo/RSJ, GMA News


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    Comelec: Variety show guesting allowed but will be counted against candidate's airtime limit
    March 18, 2013 2:00pm

    Senatorial candidates are not prohibited from appearing on variety shows but their guesting will be considered campaigning and "will most likely" be counted against their alloted airtime limit, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.

    “Guesting on variety shows is NOT prohibited. But it will most likely be counted against a candidate's airtime limits,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez posted on his Twitter account.

    He said the television appearance is not a violation of election rules “for as long as duration of exposure is properly reported.”

    Jimenez made the statement after senatorial candidates Ernesto Maceda and Risa Hontiveros appeared as guests in “Wowowillie” on TV5 and “Gandang Gabi Vice” on ABS-CBN, respectively, over the weekend.

    A notice that states “Political advertisement paid for Ana Theresia Hontiveros, 1 Maestranza cor Escuela street, New Intramuros, Quezon City. Political advertisement paid by Marie Chris Manzano Cabreros, 3613 Madasalin street, Brgy. Sikatuna QC” was posted when Hontiveros first appeared onscreen.

    Jimenez said he already asked the two programs, through Twitter, copies of the respective episodes where the candidates appeared.

    “I have asked, via twitter, both #GGV and #wowowillie to provide @comelec copies of their respective episodes where they guested candidates,” he said.

    He said he needs the copies to verify how long the exposures of the two candidates were.

    Jimenez said if the guesting is accompanied by the “pol ad paid for” notice, it will be counted against the airtime limit. “[I]f not, appearance must be evaluated,” he added.

    For the 2013 midterm elections, the Comelec has put the airtime limit of candidates to an aggregate of 120 minutes for television while 180 minutes for radio for national candidates, and 60 minutes and 90 minutes, for television and radio, respectively, are given to local candidates. — Amita O. Legaspi/KBK, GMA News


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    Comelec starts tracking possible election violations among local candidates
    March 19, 2013 12:26am

    Local candidates beware.

    The Commission on Elections may not yet have jurisdiction over local candidates and their campaign efforts, but the poll body has started at this early date tracking possible election rule violations.

    “For the local [candidates] andyan ang iba’t ibang uri ng kaepalan. Wala tayong magagawa sa [March 29] pa yung start ng campaign nila pero certainly we are marking out mga areas na alam nating punong puno ng mga ganyang klase ng materials,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters Monday.

    “Pagdating ng campaign period, yun ang priority areas natin for inspection,” he said.

    He said they were now identifying individuals and certain locations throughout the Metro Manila area where a lot of campaign materials proliferate.

    “We can go there immediately and if there is anything there pa rin, we will be sending out notices para first day pa lang may notices na agad,” he said. Local candidates are supposed to remove their illegal campaign materials before the start of the campaign.

    At present, the areas with the most campaign materials from local candidates are Laguna and Cavite.

    The Comelec prohibits oversized posters, and posting of campaign materials on public infrastructures, electric posts, and trees.

    The campaign period for local candidates will officially start on March 29 but they cannot really start campaigning as it falls on a Good Friday, a day when campaigning is still prohibited

    Jimenez said Comelec personnel will be rounding the cities to check the compliance of the candidates on Good Friday.

    “I think just to be on the safe side, candidates should just rest on Good Friday, magmuni-muni muna sila and reflect on their choices like the rest of us,” he said. — DVM, GMA News


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    Comelec to candidates: No campaigning on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday
    March 24, 2013 3:06pm

    ampaigning is prohibited on two days this Holy Week, the Commission on Elections reminded national and local candidates over the weekend.

    “We want to remind our candidates that it is forbidden to campaign on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

    Section 5 of Republic Act 7166 states that the campaign period may exclude the day before Election Day, the day of the election itself, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

    RA 7166 also states that violation of this rule constitutes an election offense punishable under Sections 263 and 264 of the Omnibus Election Code. Section 264 of the Code states that any person found guilty of any election offense shall be punished with one to six years' imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.

    Comelec Resolution 9385, which lists the calendar of activities for the campaign period, also notes that campaigning on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

    During these days, there are people praying, having Stations of the Cross… We hope [the candidates] will show some delicadeza,” said Jimenez.

    The campaign period for senatorial and party-list candidates started on February 12, while the campaign period for local candidates will start on March 30. It was originally slated to begin on March 29, which is Good Friday. — BM, GMA News

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    Comelec beefs up Twitter presence to handle campaign violations
    March 30, 2013 1:37pm

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    Comelec taps 'Tina Tama' for info drive on proper campaigning
    April 1, 2013 12:47pm

    After Boy Bawal, who informed the public and candidates of the prohibited acts during the campaign, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday introduced Tina Tama, who will educate the people on the legal and proper way of campaigning.

    “Hindi naman lahat ay bawal, mayroon din tamang paraan ng pangangampanya. Tama na ang puro bawal, tama naman,” Tina Tama said in a two-minute video.

    While Boy Bawal was Comelec’s poster boy against illegal campaigning, Tina Tama outlined legal, proper, and novel techniques that local candidates can adopt in their campaign.

    The campaign period for local candidates started last March 29, but since the date fell on Good Friday, when campaigning is prohibited, political activities officially started on March 30, Black Saturday.

    In the video, Tina Tama said candidates should be creative in their campaign and should be informed as to the location of common poster areas designated by the Comelec.

    She added candidates should seek the permission of private property owners if they want to put their campaign materials there. She also also lauded a candidate for refusing to buy votes.

    Appearing in the video, poll chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said he expects candidates to follow election rules.

    “Nag-umpisa na ang kampanyang lokal, inaasahan po namin na susunod kayo sa tamang paraan ng pangangampanya na nakasaad sa batas at ayon sa aming alituntunin. Ang mga pasaway ay idedemanda namin ng criminal election offense,” he warned.

    Tina Tama and Boy Bawal meanwhile joined forces in reminding the candidates: “Alam nyo na ang bawal, kaya gawin lang ang tama. Para maging maayos ang eleksyon, simulan sa tamang pangangampanya.” — Amita Legaspi/KBK, GMA News

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    Comelec confident tension in Korean peninsula won't affect overseas voting in Seoul
    April 8, 2013 1:44pm

    The Commission on Elections expressed confidence Monday that the overseas absentee voting in South Korea will not be affected by the prevailing tension in the Korean peninsula.

    In an interview with reporters, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they have yet to receive any advise from the Department of Foreign Affairs on the conduct of the overseas polls which is set to start on April 13 until May 13.

    “So far wala pa namang ganung klaseng advise sa amin. So tuloy lang tayo. Magkakaroon ng halalan. We will continue as though everything is OK. Keep calm and carry on nga raw,” Jimenez told reporters.

    Asked on the contingency plan of the Comelec if ever anything happens, Jimenez said they will rely with the plan of DFA.

    “As far as Comelec is concerned, ang contingency sa amin ay susunod lang sa contingency plan ng DFA. Yung sa amin is an additional duty that’s imposed on DFA personnel. If the DFA personnel are told to get out of there, wala tayong magagawa,” he said.

    “Then we will have to talk about where to divert yung ating mga voters doon. Until that sort of thing actually happens, elections overseas are a week away. They will start this Saturday, tuloy-tuloy na,” he added.

    Of the 42,000 Filipinos in South Korea, only 5,887 are registered overseas voters. Their manner of voting is personal or they need to go to the embassy to cast their vote.

    Jimenez also believed that the voters will exercise their right no matter what.

    “Dito nga sa Pilipinas, nagpuputukan na yung mga mortar bumoboto yung mga tao. We are a very hardy lot and we are very brave. I think even more so for OFWs. If it is just tension in the air or just fear of something might happen, I think they will vote anyway,” he said.

    North Korea, after coming under international sanctions for its nuclear test, announced earlier that it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea.

    The DFA has raised the alert level in South Korea.

    Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario has postponed his planned flight to South Korea to allow complete gathering of all necessary information. The DFA also said that there is no imminent threat as of Saturday afternoon.

    A group of Filipino scholars in South Korea earlier said there was no need to worry because the situation in Seoul remains calm and normal. — Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News

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    Marginalized orgs to Comelec: Oppose SC ruling on party-list groups
    April 8, 2013 3:04pm

    Twelve marginalized organizations urged the Commission on Elections Monday to ask the Supreme Court to revise its recent decision which, they said, would allow the rich and the powerful to join the party-list system.

    “Matatalo ang mga mahihirap na party-list groups sa mga mayayaman at malalaking political clans na nagpapatakbo ng party-list groups. Ang Comelec ay tinatawagan na manindigan. Panindigan nyo ang desisyon na ginawa noon sa disqualification,” Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said in a press conference.

    The poll body earlier disqualified 54 party-list groups from joining the May 13 polls. The groups then went to the SC, which granted 13 of them status quo ante orders but without mandatory injunction and 41 with mandatory injunctions.

    Last Friday, the SC remanded to the Comelec the case of the said party-list groups. It also issued new parameters in the qualification of national, regional and sectoral parties.

    Colmenares said the poll body can file a motion for reconsideration (MR).

    “Pwedeng magfile ng motion for reconsideration, ipaglaban nila ang kanilang desisyon,” he reiterated.

    Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan said the SC ruling goes against the spirit of Republic Act 7941 or the Party-List Law.

    She said the was created as an equalizer to help ensure that 20 percent of the members of the House of Representatives come from marginalized and under-represented sectors, organizations and parties.

    “The SC ruling further opens the floodgates for the abuse and mockery of the party-list law,” she said.

    Aside from Bayan Muna and Gabriela, the other party-list groups Anakpawis, Kabataan, Piston, Akap Bata, Kalikasan, Courage, ACT Teachers, Migrante, Katribu, and Aking Bikolnon said the SC decision “has openly invited the likes of Rep. Mikey Arroyo to pass through the front door and without the hassle of pretending to be poor and pro-poor.”

    Arroyo’s Ang Galing Pinoy was one of the groups disqualified by Comelec.

    In an interview with reporters, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said filing an MR is a decision that must be made en banc, but he expressed doubt they would do it.

    “That will have to be something that the en banc will decide on, but normally hindi napa-file ng MR. Ang ulitimate judge kung ano ibig sabihin ng batas ay sa Korte Suprema, hindi **** kami, we just apply how the SC interprets the law,” he said.

    He added that considering the time available to the Comelec, it may hold back to back hearings or marathon hearings.

    “Just looking at the time we have, mukhang malabo but we cannot discount the ability of the en banc to promulgate rules that facilitate the whole process. Pwede sila mag summary hearing na lang, they can consolidate some petition. Maraming pang pwedeng gawin ang en banc para mapabilis yung proseso,” said Jimenez. — BM, GMA News

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    Comelec chief leaves for Hong Kong to supervise absentee voting
    April 13, 2013 5:32am

    Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. departed for Hong Kong Friday night to supervise the start of absentee voting there.

    Brillantes intends to personally see for himself the arrangements that would allow Filipinos based there to vote in the midterm polls, radio dzBB reported early Saturday.

    Comelec is conducting absentee voting in selected foreign posts from April 13 to May 13.

    However, the start of absentee voting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was postponed due to the delay of ballot boxes at Saudi Customs, the report added.

    Brillantes had said on his Twitter account Friday night the absentee voting in Jeddah would start April 16, Tuesday.

    "Voting hours in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was also extended by one hour every day to compensate for the voting hours lost, now 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.," he added.

    But he maintained absentee voting in other locations will push through "as scheduled." — ELR, GMA News

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    Comelec claims 1st day of overseas absentee voting went well
    April 14, 2013 8:24am

    The first day of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) for the midterm elections went well, with the Commission on Elections not receiving reports of any hitch or untoward incident.

    Comelec officials also expect more Filipinos in Hong Kong and Singapore to take advantage of the weekend to cast their votes, radio dzBB reported Sunday.

    No report of problems involving the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines was received by the Comelec at least for the first day, the dzBB report added.

    In Hong Kong, meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the first day of OAV went smoothly.

    Brillantes supervised the OAV procedures in Hong Kong on Saturday.

    However, a report on Bombo Radyo quoted him as saying there were minor problems such as a limited supply of indelible ink. — LBG, GMA News

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    Teary Brillantes may quit after SC decision on pol ads
    April 16, 2013 3:43pm

    Saying he was "very, very disappointed" with the Supreme Court's decision stopping the poll body from imposing new airtime limits on political advertisements on radio and television, Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Tuesday said he was contemplating on resigning from his post.

    "Sabi ko dun sa mga kasama ko... I will just have to rest a little one day or two days. And maybe talk to the President and talk to him and say... baka ako ang problema so baka gusto ko... baka umalis na muna ako. Maglagay na muna kayo ng iba. Pag-aaralan ko lang. Seriously," a teary-eyed Brillantes told reporters in an interview.

    He issued the statement after the SC, voting 9-6, issued a status quo ante order against Comelec Resolution 9615 (issued in January) and Resolution 9631 (February).

    "So everybody will be kept in limbo? Pati ang commission will not even know [what to do]. Are we now going to keep quiet because of the staus quo ante order and therefore, there will be no regulation in so far as the advertisement period is concerned?" Brillantes lamented.

    The Comelec chief, however, said this is not the first time he was disappointed with the high tribunal's decisions.

    "Hindi lang ako disappointed. I'm very, very disappointed. And this is not the first decision. Hindi lang ito pangatlo. Pang apat na [desisyon na ito laban sa amin]," he said.

    Among these was the SC's decision to issue a temporary restraining order against the poll body order to remove the "Team Buhay/Team Patay tarpaulin posted on San Sebastian Cathedral’s wall in Bacolod City.

    "This is the first time I've heard the Supreme Court issuing a TRO na wala namang controversy. Nag-issue pa lang kamni ng sulat to remove, may TRO na," he said.

    Aside from this, the high court also came out with a decision granting the petition of 54 disqualified party-list groups against the Comelec and another ruling reversing its earlier decision unseating Imus, Cavite Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi.

    Both cases were remanded to the poll body.

    "With the series of decisions coming form the SC -- TRO, SQA, sabi ko para namang lumalabas na sila na ang nagpapatakbo ng eleksyon. Akala ko ba kami?" he said.

    He also said he's been trying to institute reforms in the poll body but that his efforts are being wasted.

    "Merong kasi akong ambisyon. Meron akong gusto... I'm making the reforms necessary pero kung TRO, TRO lang at mga status quo ante, bakit ko naman papahirapan ang sarili ko rito?" he said.

    "I think it's about time if I decide not to continue as chairman of this commisison. Napapagod na ako. hindi na rin naman ako bata," he added.

    Brillantes also said that they are already winding up their preparations for the polls so there will be no more need for him.

    "Winding up na kami. Tapos na lahat ng mga delikado. Tingin ko wala na akong gagawin. In fact nakakapaglakwatsa na ko ng todo. Nagkakabiyahe na ko. They [senior staff] can handle the job," he said. — Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ, GMA News

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    Some youth voters in Butuan willing to sell votes for cellphone load, alcohol
    April 23, 2013 7:57pm

    For a drink and a cellphone load, some youth voters in Butuan City are willing to sell their votes in the upcoming polls, a survey conducted by a university there revealed.

    According to a survey conducted from April 1 to 7 by Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), 1,466 or 80 percent of 1,833 respondents in Butuan City said that they were willing to receive money in exchange for their votes in the May 2013 elections.

    Out of the this number, 470 or 32 percent are aged 18 to 35 years old.

    According to research team head Dr. Mary Joy Miller, half of this number have shallow reasons for possibly selling their vote.

    Among the reasons, she said, is to earn money for cellphone load, alcolohic drinks, and frolicking.

    "Generally for the youth, mababaw talaga yung impression namin sa sagot nila," she told GMA News Online in a phone interview on Tuesday.

    "We highlighted it as alarming because we're looking at the youth as the hope of the fatherland. If they have this kind of thinking, how can we say they are our hope?" she added, although noting that most of those who gave this answer have no families of their own yet.

    Even among adults, she said, only a few respondents cited reasons like the need to buy medicine or rice—even though 84.07 percent of respondents have monthly salaries less than P5,000.

    Miller said some of the adults also mentioned using the money for fare and debt payment.

    "Varied talaga yung sagot," she said.

    But Miller, in a separate television report, said it isn't just a problem of vote-buying and selling but of individual values.

    Sociologist Bro. Clifford Sorita likewise explained that some Filipinos tend to think of candidates who offer them money or other kinds of help as good people.

    "Pag eleksyon accessible, so mas madaling humingi ng konting tulong. [At] ang kandidato kapag election season mas generous...kapag nagbibigay kasi feeling ng mga Pilipino mas you are open to their needs," he told GMA reporter Mikaela Papa in a report aired over GMA News TV's News To Go on Tuesday.

    Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chair Henrietta De Villa, however, warned the public that accepting monetary help may pave the way to more corrupt practices.

    "Binabayaran ang kanilang boto para mailagay sila sa posisyon na yung kanilang mga illegal practices mapatuloy-tuloy, sana tingnan natin yun. Yumaman ba ang mga taga-Butuan dahil dun?" she said.

    Miller, for her part, said this is why their university is pumping up their voter education programs.

    "The university has already talked about incorporating voters' education in our curriculum since we have found out that, na yun nga, 8 out of 10 ang nagsasabing pwede nila ipagbili yung kanilang boto for this coming election," she said in the same report. — BM, GMA News

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    At forefront of voter education, Comelec spokesman finds out he can't vote
    April 24, 2013 3:59pm

    Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez will not be able to vote this May 13 due to deactivated registration records — and he wants his case to be a lesson to other voters.

    In an interview Wednesday, Jimenez said his registration records were deactivated after he failed to vote in the May 2010 national elections and the October 2010 barangay elections.

    Jimenez said he was also not able to enroll in the biometrics. He said he thought his records were active until he checked.

    Under the law, failure to vote in two consecutive elections will automatically lead to deactivation of registration.

    “Registered voter ako pero 'yung records ko pag tinignan mo sa precinct finder, deactivated. On Election Day, I’m usually not in the precinct where I’m assigned so it’s been very difficult for me to vote,” he said.

    Jimenez added that he was not able to apply for local absentee voting because he, as head of the Comelec education and information division, was busy working on the overseas absentee voting.

    “Hindi ako naka-enroll sa local absentee kasi nung nagsa-submit ng mga applications sa local absentee, tinatrabaho ko 'yung overseas absentee voting. sobrang bad timing,” he said.

    Asked how many other Comelec personnel have deactivated registration records, he said he could not say, although he pointed out that most of those working in the Comelec central office were able to avail of the local absentee voting.

    With his admission, Jimenez said he wants to be a lesson to everybody. “Let me be a lesson to all of you,” he said.

    “For 2016, 'yun ang magiging pinakapanawagan natin. Like a lot of voters, hindi rin ako biometric enabled, matagal na akong rehistrado ang I haven’t been able to enroll by biometrics since 2004. So I'm thinking for 2016, magpa-enroll ako ng biometrics para sabay-sabay kaming mga walang biometrics na sisiguraduhiin na makaboboto kami sa 2016,” he added.

    Jimenez said the Comelec, immediately after the May 13 elections, intends to gather the biometrics of all the voters, as it will be mandatory come 2016 elections.

    “Isang napakagandang paalala yan sa akin at sa lahat na kailangan tayong maging mas responsable sa pangangalaga ng ating voter’s record,” he said.

    On his blog, Jimenez said he is "humbled by this turn of events."

    "I offer my sincerest apologies to everyone I have ever badgered to register, but I take nothing back," he said.

    "I offer my sincerest apologies to everyone who has worked long and hard to convince everyone else not to treat their right of suffrage so casually. Again, while I am deeply sorry for my error, I believe that the righteousness of our advocacy will not be diminished by the fault of one campaigner among so many," he added.— KBK/HS, GMA News

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