All set for 2013 elections – Comelec

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on All set for 2013 elections – Comelec 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Aug. 29 – With its proposed budget intact, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday assured the smooth and orderly conduct of the 2013 elections.

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Comelec vows to complete ARMM voters’ list before COC filing in October

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Comelec vows to complete ARMM voters’ list before COC filing in October 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Aug. 29 – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Wednesday assured members of the House of Representatives that the final list of registered voters for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) would be ready in time for the filing of certificates of candidacies (COCs)

ON OCT. 1 THIS YEAR.<P>BRILLANTES MADE THE ASSURANCE DURING DELIBERATIONS OF HIS AGENCY’S PROPOSED 2013 BUDGET BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. <P>HE WAS REACTING TO QUERIES FROM ARMM LAWMAKERS WHO EXPRESSED APPREHENSIONS ON THE STATUS OF THE BOOK OF VOTERS IN THE AUTONOMOUS REGION AS NEXT YEAR’S SYNCHRONIZED ELECTIONS WOULD INCLUDE THE ARMM.<P>THE ELECTION BODY HAD JUST CONCLUDED A 10-DAY SPECIAL GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTERS IN ARMM FROM JULY 9 – 18 THIS YEAR TO PURGE THE BOOK OF VOTERS IN THE REGION OF PHANTOM VOTERS AFTER STUDIES FOUND THAT THE VOTER’S LIST WAS GROSSLY BLOATED.<P>THE REGISTRATION WAS REPORTED BY THE COMELEC AS PEACEFUL AND ORDERLY DESPITE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF OUT-OF-TOWN REGISTRANTS BEING SHUTTLED TO REGISTRATION AREAS AND THE PRESENCE OF MINORS POSING AS ADULTS IN ORDER TO REGISTER.<P>BRILLANES SAID THE COMELEC DID NOT CHALLENGE THE SUSPICIOUS APPLICANTS TO AVOID DELAY AND PREVENT ANY COMMOTION.<P>DESPITE THIS, HE SAID THE NEW LIST NOW CONTAINS ONLY ABOUT 1.5 MILLION REGISTRANTS – 200,000 LESS THAN THE 1.7 MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS DURING THE 2010 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.<P>“HOWEVER, UP TO THIS POINT, THOSE WHO FILLED UP REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS WERE CONSIDERED MERELY AS APPLICANTS. WE ARE NOW AMIDST THE PROCESS OF CLEARING THE NEW LIST OF ILLEGAL REGISTRANTS THROUGH THE USE OF BIOMETRICS AND OTHER SYSTEMS,” BRILLANTES SAID.<P>“WE WILL KNOW IF THEY WERE MULTIPLE REGISTRANTS OR NOT. AS TO MINORS WHO WERE ALLOWED TO FILL UP REGISTRATION FORMS, WE PLACED NOTES ON THEIR FORMS AND WE WILL USE THEM AS EVIDENCE IN THE DELISTING PROCESS,” HE SAID.<P>“THEY WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED AS REGISTERED VOTERS ONCE WE FINISH THE DELISTING PROCESS AND WE HOPE TO TRIM DOWN THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE ARMM BY ANOTHER 100,000 THROUGH THIS,” HE SAID.<P>“THE FINAL LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS WOULD BE READY BEFORE OCTOBER,” BRILLANTES ASSURED.<P>THE FILING OF COC’S FOR THOSE RUNNING FOR THE MAY 2013 MID-TERM ELECTIONS WILL RUN FROM OCT. 1 – 5, 2012. RMA/CMR

AFP hosts Manila segment of SEAS 2012

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on AFP hosts Manila segment of SEAS 2012 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday formally hosted the Manila segment of the Symposium on the East Asia Security 2012 (SEAS 2012) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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Lacson supports Sereno’s no media interview policy

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Lacson supports Sereno’s no media interview policy 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday he is supporting the "no media interview" policy of newly-appointed Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

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Sereno appeals to public to give her a chance to lead the Judiciary

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Sereno appeals to public to give her a chance to lead the Judiciary 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Wednesday appealed to the public to give her the chance to lead the Judiciary.

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National Press Club issues statement congratulating CIDG on arrest of Anwar Sajid Ampatuan

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on National Press Club issues statement congratulating CIDG on arrest of Anwar Sajid Ampatuan 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — The following is the official statement of the National Press Club (NPC) on the arrest of Anwar Sajid Ampatuan, one of the suspects in the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre:

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Reyeses' departure to Vietnam proves their guilt in broadcaster's slay, says Ortega's daughter

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Reyeses' departure to Vietnam proves their guilt in broadcaster's slay, says Ortega's daughter 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — A daughter of slain Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Doc Gerry Ortega on Wednesday said that the surfacing of a witness in the alleged departure of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes is a big help in proving the murder case of her father.

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SC reorganization takes effect Aug. 29

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on SC reorganization takes effect Aug. 29 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Acting Supreme Court (SC) Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesperson Atty. Maria Victoria Gleoresty Guerra on Wednesday said Special Order 1298 reorganizing the SC Divisions takes effect Aug. 29, 2012 instead of Sept. 3, 2012.

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More students now take up tech-voc courses

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on More students now take up tech-voc courses 

MANILA, Aug 29 — More students now choose to take a technical-vocational course, Technical and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva said Wednesday.

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Two NAIA personnel relieved due to departure of Joseph Lim Pe

August 29, 2012 10:19 pm· Comments Off on Two NAIA personnel relieved due to departure of Joseph Lim Pe 

MANILA, August 29 — Two personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3 were ordered relieved in connection with the departure of Joseph Lim Pe, allegedly the name used by former Palawan governor Joel Reyes.

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