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FIRST-TIME VOTER? HERE’S SOME ELECTION TIPS

The election season is both exciting and overwhelming. Many of us have already locked in our votes on whom we would like to lead the country for the next six years. Some are still undecided, while others are still doing their due diligence through research. The May 9 national and local elections will determine our […]

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ABSENTEE VOTING FOR SEA GAMES DELEGATES URGED

The Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party list on Wednesday urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to allow members of the Philippine delegation to the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to avail of local absentee voting privileges. “Our election day is only three days away from the SEA Games, and by then our delegates will […]

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STREAMLINING OF ELECTION SPENDING BAN RULES URGED

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) must streamline its rules on the 45-day election ban on public spending and expedite actions on pending requests for exemptions. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative LRay Villafuerte said the Comelec could speed up its action on applications for exemptions on fund releases or disbursements by giving itself a deadline of […]

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CABATBAT TO COMELEC: ALLOW FARMERS’ FUEL SUBSIDY

A party-list lawmaker representing the agriculture sector urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reconsider its decision to deny the Department of Agriculture’s appeal for a spending ban exemption on the fuel subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk nationwide amid the increasing oil prices exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Magsasaka Representative Argel Cabatbat said the […]

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RESTORE FUEL SUBSIDY FOR PUV DRIVERS – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva backed calls that fuel subsidies to public utility vehicles be taken out of the election public spending ban list. “The call of the hour is to step on the gas in distributing this aid, and not to step on the brakes,” Villanueva said. The veteran legislator also said that the similar distribution […]

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PLAN FOR NO BROWNOUT ON ELECTION DAY — ESCUDERO

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero is asking the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to present its contingency plan in case of a power outage during the May 9 voting, and the period of counting and canvassing. With power supply barely keeping up with demand during the summer months, Escudero said the COMELEC cannot leave anything to chance […]

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ALLOW WATCHERS TO OBSERVE BALLOT PRINTING – SOLON

Rizal 2nd District Rep. Fidel Nograles is backing the call for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow observers to witness the printing of ballots and the configuration of secure digital cards for voting machines to be used in the upcoming national elections. This as the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) said the Comelec […]

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AVOID JOB LOSSES IN PUBLIC WORKS BAN – VILLANUEVA

The 45-day public works ban that will take effect on March 25 should be implemented in a way that it “will not affect jobs nor delay the completion of infrastructure projects in calamity areas,” Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Employment should not be a casualty of election. And pandemic recovery should not take a back seat […]

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COMELEC DISMISSES DISQUALIFICATION CASE VS PICHAY

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the disqualification case against Deputy Speaker Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. of Surigao del Sur for his congressional bid in the upcoming May 2022 elections. In a resolution rendered on February 15, the Comelec’s former First Division dismissed the petition filed in November last year to cancel the Certificate […]

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ELECTION SPENDING BAN EXEMPTION FOR DSWD URGED

A lawmaker urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to petition the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exempt all the aid transactions of the department from the ban on public spending under Comelec Resolution No. 10747. In a letter addressed to DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the prohibition has […]