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 012012

Eight senatorial candidates belonging to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) went to the headquarters of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday to file their certificates of candidacy for next year’s midterm polls.

They are Senator Gregorio Honasan II, San Juan City Representative Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Cagayan Representative Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile, Jr., Zambales Representative Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, former senators Ernesto Maceda, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon, former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco.

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