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PETITIONERS TO RAISE JUNKED DISQUALIFICATION CASE VS. BONGBONG MARCOS TO COMELEC EN BANC, SUPREME COURT

By ROGER M. BALANZA

IT IS NOT THE END OF THE ROAD for those seeking to stop ex-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running for President in the 2022 elections.

This, even as a division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked a petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of the son of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

After the poll body’s 2nd Division dismissed the petition on Monday, January 17, the petitioners can still appeal to question the ruling to the Comelec en banc, and even up to the Supreme Court.

If Bongbong’s COC is canceled on appeal and affirmed with finality, he will not only be disqualified from running — he cannot also be substituted.

The petitioners asked to cancel the COC of Bongbong in November last year, claiming that he committed false material representation when he stated in his COC that he is eligible to run for President despite his earlier conviction for not filing income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

Read More: Comelec 2nd division junks petition to cancel Marcos candidacy

Bongbong may have gained initial points in the 2nd Division favorable ruling, but he is still facing numerous other charges ,against his presidential bid.

The petition to cancel Bongbong’s COC is only one of three petitions against him before the Comelec.

The two other cases involving petitions for disqualification are yet to be decided by the poll body.

Earlier, a petition to declare the former senator as a nuisance candidate was also dismissed by the Comelec.

US sets global record with nearly 1 million COVID-19 cases in a day

OMICRON ACCOUNTS FOR 95.4% OF CASES

The United States set a global record of almost 1 million new coronavirus infections reported on Monday.

According to a Reuters tally, the alarming figure is nearly double the country’s peak hit just a week ago as the h

ighly contagious Omicron variant shows no sign of slowing.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen nearly 50% in the last week and now exceeds 100,000, a Reuters analysis showed, the first time that threshold has been reached since the winter surge a year ago.

The average number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths per day has remained fairly steady throughout December and into early January at about 1,300, according to a Reuters tally, though deaths typically lag behind cases and hospitalizations.

Omicron appears to be far more easily transmitted than previous iterations of the virus. The variant was estimated to account for 95.4% of the coronavirus cases identified in the United States as of Jan. 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.

RECTO ON ISKO MORENO: Ang tunay na lider na may utak sa bayag at may bayag sa utak

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto Recto said he is batting for Isko Moreno to be the next president because the Manila mayor “has the competence, courage and empathy needed to bring the country to its feet and uplift the lives of all Filipinos in this time of the pandemic.”

Recto, to further stress why Filipinos need an Isko Moreno to lead the country, cited a famous Batangas saying to describe the presidential candidate: “Ang tunay na lider, kailangan may utak sa bayag at may bayag sa utak.”

Recto dished out the ego-busting praise for the presidential candidate in the 2022 elections, in his speech at the joint One Batangas – IM Pilipinas convention held in Lipa Cit.y.

The event was attended by district representatives, provincial board members, municipal and city mayors, municipal and city councilors, as well as barangay chairs.

Recto elaborated on the Batangueno motto in Pilipino: “Ang ibig sabihin nun, kailangan may talino, may competence, courage, at dadagdagan ko, kailangan may puso para sa mahirap. Si Isko, na ilang buwan ko nang kasama, may competence, courage at tapang, at may empathy para sa pangkaraniwang mamamayan.”

“Kaya ang paki-usap ko sa ating mga kababayan, pag-isahin na natin si Mayor Isko para maging susunod na pangulo ng bansang Pilipinas,” Recto said.

Moreno is taking a crack at the presidency in the 2022 polls and will compete in a crowded field that includes Senators Manny Pacquiao and Ping Lacson, Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos. Being eagerly awaited to make the presidential election a six-man race is presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

DUTERTE to lead start of roadshow for Bato-Go tandem in 2022 election

By ROGER M. BALANZA

No less than President Rodrigo Duterte will lead start of a national roadshow for the BAGO tandem (Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa for President and Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go for Vice President) of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the 2022 elections.

The faction led by party president Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi iPDP-Laban will fire the starting gun to kick off the event in Iligan City on Saturday, October 16.

“It would be like a political rally that would include acknowledgment and raising of the hands of our official candidates in local posts, new members would take their oath and everyone would be given a chance to give their commitment to support the candidates of the party,” Melvin Matibag, party secretary-general, said on Friday.

Duterte in the event expected to be attended by some 250 local candidates, officials and leaders of PDP-Laban, will endorse the party’s local candidates, said Manubag.

DE LIMA, TRILLANES in Robredo’s Senate slate for 2022 election

Vice President Leni Robredo n Friday, October 15, announced 11 names for her senatorial ticket in the 2022 polls.

It includes a former vice president, five incumbent senators, two returning senators, and one former congressman representing seven parties from across the political spectrum.

They are :

  1. Teddy Baguilat Jr.  (Liberal Party)
  2. Jojo Binay (United Nationalist Alliance)
  3. Leila de Lima (Liberal Party)
  4. Chel Diokno (Katipunan ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino)
  5. Chiz Escudero (Nationalist People’s Coalition)
  6. Dick Gordon (Bagumbayan VNP Movement)
  7. Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan Party)
  8. Alex Lacson (Kapatiran Party)
  9. Antonio Trillanes IV (Magdalo)
  10. Joel Villanueva (Independent)
  11. Migz Zubiri (Independent)

Robredo is running as an independent candidate, while her running mate Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is seeking the vice presidency underopoosition Liberal Party (LP).

PDP-Laban fields Bato-Bong tandem

MANILA – Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is the presidential bet of the ruling party, Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), a decision which has long been arrived at but was kept under wraps.The neophyte senator and former Philippine National Police chief filed his… Read More

Duterte attends PDP-Laban bets’ COC filing

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte showed up at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City to support the administration’s senatorial bets as the filing of certificates of candidacy ended on Friday.Duterte raised the hands of the eight Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas – Lakas ng… Read More