Defeated poll bet in Davao City dies

A candidate who lost in Monday’s election for barangay captain died of illness on Monday night. Amil Bangsa Manding, former chief of Barangay 23-C, was already trailing behind his opponent in the election minutes before he expired at about 6 p.m. At half-past 5 p.m. on Monday, Manding garnered 332 votes against incumbent Alimodin Wating Usman, who was ahead with 465 votes. When Manding voted at about 2:45 p.m. at the Mini Forest voting station, he was seen being carried by relatives sitting on a chair. Supporters around him barred…

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Why did Duterte skipped voting on Barangay Election?

Finding himself in a situation where he had to choose only one side from among his supporters, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Tuesday his decision to skip the 2018 barangay (village) elections was “purely political.” “Lahat ‘yung tumakbo, kaibigan ko, almost all were my supporters during the last election,” he told reporters in Taguig City during his visit to the wake of the late former Senator Edgardo Angara. “They would never believe that nagboto ako o hindi sa kanila.” Duterte said he did not want to becloud the minds of his supporters…

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SAP Go: Poverty not reason to sell vote

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday said that voters should not make poverty an excuse to sell their votes in the 2018 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections. “Unang-una bawal po iyong magbenta ng boto. Pangalawa naman po nagiging dahilan na lang po iyong kahirapan, alam naman natin na matalino naman iyong Pilipino kung sino iyong pipiliin nila (First, it’s illegal to sell votes. Second, we’re only making poverty an excuse but we know our citizens are smart enough to know who to vote for),”…

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Comelec suspended proclamation of 1,000 village poll bets

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday suspended the proclamation of some 1,000 candidates in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls who are facing disqualification cases. According to Comelec acting chairman Al Parreño, the proclamation of these candidates has been deferred after they have been found to be overage for the youth candidates or are not registered voters in the places where they want to be elected as barangay officials. “We are suspending around 1,000 cases as of today,” he said in a press briefing in Manila on Monday. “The…

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33 dead in poll-related violence since start of election period: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has so far recorded 42 incidents and 33 casualties in connection with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. This was bared by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde in press conference held at Camp Crame on Monday. Of the 42 reported incidents since the start of the election period on April 14, 35 were suspected as election-related incidents (S-ERIs); seven were validated as election related incidents (V-ERIs). Albayalde also said the 33 persons who were killed in these incidents include 18 elected government officials (EGOs),…

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AFP ready to secure Monday’s Barangay, SK polls

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is more than ready to secure Monday’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKEs). This was emphasized by AFP spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo in a statement Sunday. “After a series of deliberate planning conferences that include contingent events, the measures, and the resources to address the same, the AFP is all set for (Monday’s) Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKEs),” Arevalo said. He also pointed out that the AFP has yet to monitor any security threat in connection with Monday’s polls. “Thus far, there…

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Use the right Ballot | Here’s your guide for Barangay, SK Election 2018

The 2018 Barangay and SK Election are just in a couple of days ahead, so most of the politicians are busy for their campaign to earn sympathy of the voters. At the same time, the Government is also busy preparing for a peaceful synchronized election nationwide. Recently, guidelines in voting for the upcoming barangay and SK elections has been released to guide the voters on what they are going to do during the Election Day. Remember :  The voters should only fill up the ballot appropriate for their age :…

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MILF allows its members to vote in barangay, SK elections

The former separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is allowing its members to vote in the May 14 village and youth council elections and even the setting up of polling precincts in its camps. They, however, could not yet run as candidates or join the electoral campaign, said Von Al Haq, spokesperson for the MILF’s military wing, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces. For MILF leaders, Al Haq said their participation was on a voluntary basis. It was up to them if they vote or not, he said. Candidates in the…

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Comelec mock polls test May 14 Barangay, SK election system

With more than three weeks before the May 14 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) vowed Saturday to intensify its voter education campaign since there are confusions among voters aged 18-30 years old because they will receive two ballots – one for the Barangay elections and another for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls. With this, Comelec acting Chairman Al Parreño said they will be coordinating with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and citizens’ arm to inform these voters that they need to get two ballots on Election Day. The confusion…

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Spend only P5 per voter: Comelec reminded candidates

A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official has reminded candidates in the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to stick to the maximum PHP5 expenditure per registered voter, as stipulated in the Fair Elections Act. “Under the Fair Elections Act, campaign overspending may result in disqualification from holding office,” Robert Fernandez, the Municipal Election Officer of Sarrat town, said Wednesday as he explained several guidelines from the Comelec that must be followed by aspiring candidates. Fernandez noted that the spending limit is based on the number of registered voters and…

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