Mar 132013

By Tetch Torres-Tupas

11:38 am | Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines–Foreigners are not barred from meddling  in the country’s forthcoming elections or they will be deported, the Bureau of Immigration warned Wednesday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. issued the advisory after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released Resolution 9615, which prohibits foreigners from taking part in the midterm polls.

The resolution spells out the implementing rules and regulations of the Fair Election Act or Republic Act 9006. The law, passed by Congress in 2001, seeks the holding of free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible elections through fair election practices.

The Comelec resolution states that “it is unlawful for any foreigner, whether juridical or natural person, to aid any candidate, or political party, organization or coalition, directly or indirectly, or to take part in, or influence in any manner, any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity.”

David said the immigration bureau will investigate complaints against foreigners engaging in partisan political activitiy or making campaign donations to candidates.

The prohibition aims to prevent candidates from enjoying undue advantage over their opponents due to the financial aid obtained from foreigners, he said.

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Oct 122012

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives has approved a bill granting state subsidy to national political parties and setting limits on voluntary contributions that they may receive from donors.

Voting 168 for and zero against, members of the Lower Chamber passed on third and final reading House Bill 6551, the Political Party Development Act of 2012, on Monday.

Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio F. Barzaga Jr., chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, said HB 6551 seeks to institutionalize and strengthen political parties in the country by introducing reforms in campaign financing.

Barzaga co-authored the bill with Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (PMP, Cagayan de Oro City); Juan Edgardo Angara (LDP, Quezon); and Raymond Democrito Mendoza (TUCP Party-list).

He said the bill will provide an effective and transparent mechanism to level the playing field among candidates and political parties participating in national and local elections.

The bill was approved in the past by the Lower House when it was first introduced by former Speaker Jose de Venecia.

Authors of the measure agree that the bill will effectively reduce opportunities for graft and corruption.

Under the bill, voluntary campaign contributions for political parties will be limited to P1 million from any donating “natural person” and up to P10 million if given by “juridical persons.”

Donation to political parties will be exempted from donor’s tax.

Angara, whose father is also pushing for a similar bill in the Senate, said HB 6551 also grants state subsidy for accredited national political parties which shall be used “directly and exclusively for party development and campaign expenditures.”

Funding subsidy will be based on political representation; organization’s strength and mobilization capability; and performance and track record of the party.

Total amount of state subsidy will be distributed as follows: Five percent for monitoring purposes and conduct of information dissemination and voter’s education; 30 percent for proportionate distribution to accredited political parties represented in the Senate and based on the number of seats obtained in most recent elections; and 65 percent for political parties in the House of Representatives based on the number of seats obtained during the last general elections.

All financial assistance from government will be subjected to audit and accounting examination by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Upon enactment of the bill, government will appropriate P500 million in initial funding and P350 million in each of the following years.

Rodriguez said acts prohibited under the bill are misuse of funds received by political parties; giving voluntary contributions beyond the allowable limits set by law; inability to account for all incoming contributions from whatever source; failure to submit pre-election adn post election disclosures by political parties and false reporting.

Penalties for violation of the provisions of the measure range from a fine of P100,000 to P500,000 and imprisonment of not less than six years but not more than 12 years.

Administrative sanctions to be determined by the Commission on Elections will be imposed on political parties that fail to comply with documentary requirements provided by the measure.

Source: By BEN R. ROSARIO. October 11, 2012, 8:24pm.

Oct 062012
Mayor Matin Petilla of the town of Palo, Leyte.

Mayor Matin Petilla of the town of Palo, Leyte. It is in Palo where the annual Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary is celebrated.

The Commission on Election (COMELEC), Palo Municipal Office receives the certificate of candidacy  of the incumbent  Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla for  her re-election bid.

Palo is a town in Leyte Province where the annual Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary  is celebrated.

Helping the entire Paloanon to have a better life is the primary reason by Mayor Petilla seeks a second term as its local chief executive.

“I am very excited to continue on providing services that would be benefited by the people of my town. I feel on myself that serving them is very important for it is my calling to do so,” she said.

According to her, all the projects implemented by her administration on her first term serving as the mayor of Palo, would be pushed through on her second term.

Petilla reported that among the projects that hadbeen implemented during her first term includes the construction of the new municipal building, putting up of colorful street lights (that could only be seen in the Eastern Visayas), and the construction of Bangon river flood control revetment.

“The realization of the flood control project at Bangon River is a life to be considered by the community of Palo. This is a way of helping the people not to suffer from flood occurrence, especially for those who live along the river. We do not want to experience similar flooding that occurred in my town last March 2012, where thousands of households were affected,” she said.

Together with Petilla is her Vice Mayor candidate,  lawyer Ronan Reposar and her councillor candidates  :  Wilson Uy, Junie Agner, Rey Lejarde, Myra Nalda, Jojo Chiquillo, Bunsoy Villas, Junjun Dolina and Ena Monge-Torres.

Oct 052012
Leni Robredo for congresswoman of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.
Leni Robredo for congresswoman of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.

Leni Robredo for congresswoman of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.

Atty Leni Robrido, the wife of the late Jesse Robredo files her certificate of candidacy  as representative of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.

Leni is running under the Liberal Party ticket. She was recently assigned as the chief of the ruling party in the province.

Leni will run against the wife of Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte Sr. Villafuerte is running for governor of the province after serving three three-year terms in the House of Representatives.



Oct 032012

Gloria M Arroyo files her certificate of candidacy.

Despite her poor health condition, former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed her certificate for candidacy (COC) on Wednesday as a re-electionist congresswoman representing the second district of Pampanga.


Oct 032012

Estrada for Manila Mayor and Isko Moreno for Vice Mayor.

Former President Joseph Estrada filed his certificate of candidacy at the main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as a candidate  for mayor of Manila

Estrada and his running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, led local candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in Manila in filing their CoCs at the Comelec Office in Arroceros, Manila on Day 2 of the filing.

A long convoy of vehicles carrying the other UNA local candidates accompanied Estrada and Moreno to the Comelec where they filed their CoCs at 10:45 a.m. yesterday.

Supporters of Estrada and Moreno  waved placards and carried streamers bearing the words “Erap-Isko, Tambalang Lumalaban sa Nagpapahirap”, and “Erap-Isko, Naninindigan sa Manileno.”

The councilors under UNA are: 1st district:   Ernesto Dionisio Jr., Erick Ian Banzai Nieva, Dennis Alcoreza, Irma Alfonso  Jesus Fajardo, Arlene Koa; 2nd district:  Marlon Lacson, Numero Uno Lim, Ruben Buenaventura, Ramon Robles, Roland Valeriano and Lissa Beltran; 3rd district: Marvin Yul Servo Nieto, Ernesto Isip, Jr., Joel Chua, Asuncion Fugoso, Bernardito C. Ang  and Manuel Zarcal; 4th district,  Don Juan “DJ” Bagatsing, Edward VP Maceda, Jocelyn Quintos, Arnold Pangan, Arlene Chua,  and Joel Villanueva and 5th district: Cristy Isip,  Raymundo Yupangco, Richard Ibay, Robert Ortega, Che Borromeo, Eric Valbuena, and 6trh district: Casimiro Sison Jr., Joy Dawis-Asuncion, Beth Rivera, Lei Lacuna and Jason Roland Valdez.

Oct 022012

Celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez led a list of Liberal party bets who filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) today, October 1 at the Leyte Provincial Comelec Office in Tacloban.

Torres-Gomez is seeking a second term as Congresswoman of the 4th district of Leyte while Richard Gomez is running for Mayor of Ormoc City

Oct 012012

Incumbent Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim on Monday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and formalized his re-election bid for next year’s midterm elections.

The 82-year-old Lim, who filed his COC at the Comelec 1st district field office in Arroceros, is seeking his third and final term as mayor of Manila. He is a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Actor and Manila City Councilor Lou Veloso, Lim’s vice mayoral bet, also filed his COC. They were joined by 36 candidates for councilors and six re-electionist Manila congressmen – Naida Angping, Benjamin Asilo, Amado Bagatsing, Trisha Bonoan-David, Carlo Lopez, and Sandy Ocampo

Oct 012012

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) officially opened its offices to candidates who will be filing their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) starting Monday to Friday for the 2013 national and local polls.

A total of 18,022 national and local positions are to be filled up in the May 13, 2013 elections.

Candidates running for senatorial positions should file their COCs at the Project Management Office at the Comelec Main Office in Intramuros, Manila.For local positions, those who are running for congressional seats, they may file their COCs at the Office of National Capital Region Director for Metro Manila; Office of the Provincial Election Supervisor for provincial officials, including congressmen; Office of the City/Municipal Election Officer for city/municipal officials; Office of the Armm Regional Election Director for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor and vice governor; and Office of the Armm Provincial Election Supervisor for Armm legislative assembly members.

“The Certificate of Candidacy shall be filed by the candidate personally or by his duly authorized representative, whose authority shall be in writing, under oath and attached,” the Comelec said.

Positions at stake in next year’s polls are for 12 senators, 229 district members of the House of Representatives, 80 governors, 80 vice governors, 766 members of the Provincial Government, 138 city mayors, 138 city vice mayors, 1,532 members of the City Council, 1,496 municipal mayors, 1,496 municipal vice mayors, and 11,972 members of the Municipal Government.

Other positions available are one regional governor, one regional vice governor, and 24 regional assemblymen for the Armm.

COCs will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 4:45 p.m. of October 5, if there are still persons intending to file COCs and present inside the offices, the Comelec has authorized the receiving officers to prepare a complete list containing the names of said persons, consecutively numbered, and the time of listing