Walay TRO sa ARMM polls

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 6 (PIA)– Gipahayag sa tigpamaba sa Supreme Court nga siAtty. Midas Marquez nga inay nga Temporary Restaining Order (TRO), 10 ka adlaw ang gihatag sa korte sa mga respondents aron iduso ang ilang komento.  Kini human mapakyas ang mga misupak sa postponement sa piniliay sa Autonomous Region inMuslim Mindanao (ARMM) sa TRO batok sa planong pagbalhin sa regional elections sa sunod nga buwan.

Kagahapon, nihangyo sa SC ang mga Muslim groups kauban si kanhi Senate President Aquilino Pimentel nga magpagawas kini og temporary restraining order batok sa implementasyon sa Republic Act No. 10153.   Ubos sa balaod, ibalhin una ang lokal nga piniliay aron idungan sa May 2013 mid-term elections.  Gihatagan usab niini og gahum si Presidente Aquino nga magbutang og mahimong officer-in-charge sa regional government.

Sa naunang pahayag ni Commisison on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, miingon kini ngamanginahanglan sila og duha ka buwan aron mapangandaman ang piniliay sa ARMM.  Bisan kulang sila sa panahon, giingong andam pa gihapon ang poll body nga mosunod kun unsaman ang imando sa SC. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Aquino to sign ARMM postponement bill, June 30

MALACANANG assured that President Benigno S. Aquino III will be signing into law the proposed bill which seeks to defer the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to 2013.  In a media briefing at the Palace on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda expressed certainty that the proposed postponement of polls in ARMM will be sealed as soon as the President signs the measure on the 30th of this month.

Lacierda said that solons responsible in the passage of the legislative measure will also be present during the signing ceremonies.
“On the 30th of June, I can guarantee you that there will be a signing of the ARMM postponement bill (… ) those who were responsible in shepherding the bill will be there, the heads of both Houses and also Senator Frank Drilon who authored the senate version of the bill will also be there,”Lacierda said.

After being ratified by both Houses of Congress, the ARMM elections postponement bill was transmitted to the Palace for the signing. This bill is part of the landmark measures of the administration anchored on the Chief Executive’s social contract with the Filipino people.

The said measure seeks to synchronize the ARMM elections, originally scheduled in August, with the May 2013 midterm polls. It also gives President Aquino the power to appoint officers-in-charge in the ARMM government until new officials are elected on May 13, 2013 national midterm elections.

PGMA hails successful conduct of ARMM elections, poll automation

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed elation over the peaceful and orderly conduct of this year’s elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which also marked the successful pilot-testing of poll automation.

The President was particularly pleased with information from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that the political exercise registered a high 80-percent voter turn-out, and was relatively free of violence and complaints.

This is in total contrast to previous elections in the area that were marred with violence, complaints, controversies, and alleged disenfranchisement of voters.

Congratulating the Comelec, the President also congratulated the police and military authorities for their support which made violence almost non-existent; and most importantly the residents of ARMM who, by their active participation, showed that democracy reigns supreme.

The Parish Pastoral for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and other NGOs concerned, were present and monitored the process can attest to the positive results of the exercise.

The “automation of election” is third in the President’s 10-point legacy agenda on socio-economic and political reforms, also known as the Beat-the-Odds program.

We have now seen the future of the Philippine electoral process, and it works, the president said. (PIA/Bohol)

6 Boholano election registrars assigned to go to Mindanao for the ARMM elections

SIx election officers will be sent to Mindanao to help in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections this August 11. It will be the first automated election to be done in the nation.

The group will be headed by Commission on Election (COMELEC) Assistant Regional Officer, Atty. Veronico G. Petalcorin. The group will be destined for Basilan. The debate remains whether the voting will continue or be the ususal especially after Supreme Court was against the signing of the agreement for the peace in Mindanao.

Also with Petalcorin are: Araceo Labarya (Bohol Elections Supervisor), Edwin Palgan (Municipal Elections Officer – Ubay), Roy Rafael Montoya (Municipal Elections Officer – Sagbayan), Paul Bendiolan (Municipal Elections Officer – Sevilla), and Joseph Cebiba (Municipal Elections Officer – Maribojoc).

ARMM elections this Monday, August 11

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is now ready for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections this Monday, August 11 regardless how chaotic the region is.

Comelec Chairman Josemelo said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and PNP are now on full security in ARMM. Last Monday, they had a last minute meeting with the Comelec officials and the PNP on what to guard and to keep an eye on Maguindanao since it is the base for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). If ever ther will be chaos on the election day, the Comelec can declare “Failure of Election.”