Filing of COCs for Barangay, SK polls begins October 1

Aspiring candidates for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls may file their certificates of candidacy (COC) beginning October 1 until October 13, the Commission on Elections said.

Comelec Resolution No. 9019, promulgated Tuesday, said that the election period for the Barangay and SK[youth council] polls will run from September 25 until November 10.

It noted, however, that candidates may only campaign from October 14 until October 23, adding that carrying of firearms and deadly weapons and the use of bodyguards by candidates is prohibited during the 45-day election period.

The poll body said filing of disqualification cases will be until October 18.

The Comelec said that the casting of votes on election day, October 25, will be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The counting and canvassing of votes and the proclamation of winning candidates will immediately begin after the casting of votes, it added. (PIA-Bohol)

Pagpangrehistro alang sa Brgy elections, gisugdan

SUGOD nakarong adlawa ang pagpangrehistro sa mga botante aron maka-apil sila sa nagsingabot nga barangay elections.
Matud sa local nga Commission on Elections, ang pagpangrehistro molanat pa ngadto sa Agosto 13.
Hinuon, dili pa piho ang hugon-hugon nga I-oktaba una ang piliay sa barangay karong tuiga.
Kahinumduman nga una na nga gipadayag sa mga tinugyanan ang psibleng kalisud nga pinansyal nga ikabagat sa kagamhanan kon ipadayon ang pagpundo sa P22 bilyones alang sa nagsingabot nga politikanhong kalihukan.
Sa laing bahin, si Gob. Edgar Chatto mituo nga ipadayon ang piliay subay sa gikatakda nga petsa sa Oktubre 25.
Sa usa ka pagpakigpulong atubangan sa mga hepe ehekutibo sa nasudnong kagamhanan, matud ni Chatto nga wala pag pormal nga gipasakang amendment sa balaod aron ikasibog ang piliay sa laing higayon. (PIA-Bohol)

Review of party-list law sought amid Mikey issue

LAWMAKERS on Wednesday called for a review of the party-list system law following the controversial Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision allowing former Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in Congress.

Marikina Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo said Arroyo’s victory, at the very least, “is a clarion call for Congress to review the party-list law to ensure that the spirit of the law is indeed served and not circumvented.”

Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla and San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito agreed to this.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said the Comelec decision will only legalize the entry of multi-millionaires into the party-list system, as no genuine party-list group can compete with the powerful organizations in elections.

Arroyo, who survived disqualification cases filed against him, will sit as representative of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

With his re-entry to the House of Representatives, there will now be four Arroyos in Congress: his mother former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, brother Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado ‘Dato’ Arroyo, and uncle Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo. (PIA-Bohol)

Group wants Comelec execs to resign over party-list decision

MILITANT group Bayan has called for the resignation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials after allowing former Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo to sit as representative of the Ang Galing Pinoy party-list.

“These commissioners cannot be trusted to carry out their mandate of ensuring that the laws related to the elections are correctly upheld. They appear incapable of understanding the law. They have lost the trust of the electorate. They must resign,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said.

The Comelec commissioners who allowed Mikey to represent AGP were: Nicodemo Ferrer, Lucenito Tagle, Armando Velasco and Elias Yusoph. Those who dissented were Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Gregorio Larrazabal.

The Comelec en banc earlier allowed Arroyo to sit as Ang Galing Pinoy representative as it junked the petition of several groups questioning the legality of the former Pampanga congressman to be a nominee of the party-list.

Reyes also urged the Aquino administration to block Arroyo from sitting as a party-list representative when the 15th Congress opens on July 26. (PIA-Bohol)