Red and green are the campaign colors of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said the facade lights of the Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila, which houses several offices of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), will be changed.“
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JIMENEZ: Comelec didn’t say failure to file ITR OK
An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has come to the defense of the ruling of its First Division denying the three petitions to disqualify presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. from running in the May 9 polls.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the remark saying some who are reacting to the ruling are taking it out of context, emphasizing the First Division has not stated it is okay not to file an income tax return (ITR).Read More
Commission on Election (Comelec0 spokesperson James Jimenez said in case a candidate is disqualified before the elections but after the ballots have been printed, “obviously the name will remain on the ballot.”
Jimenez is refering to ex-Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., whose presidential run in the May polls is hobbled by pending disqualification petitions before the poll body.
BUT IF THE SON OF TH ELATE DICTATOR fERDINAND MARCOS SR. IS DISQUALFIED BY COMELEC, MARCOS VOTES IN THE BALLOT WILL BE CONSIDERED STRAY VOTES.
On Monday, January 17, Comelec – Education and Information Department Director Elaiza David said the name of the former senator will be on the official ballot since other cases against him have yet to be resolved.
Five petitions to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy and disqualify him from the polls are still awaiting resolutions.
Two petitions have already been dismissed by the Comelec Second Division.
In the event Marcos’ party, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, will not be able to substitute him in case of a disqualification, all votes for Bongbong Marcos will be invalid.
“Any vote garnered by that name on the ballot will be considered stray,” Jimenez said. with PNA report
The Commission on Election has signed a resolution seeking to file electoral sabotage charges against former President, now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“COMELEC en banc has signed a resolution calling for the filing of a case for electoral sabotage against former president GMA,” James Jimenez, Comelec spokesman said.
Jimenez said commissioners voted 5-2. Two other commissioners abstained from voting.
Reports say the case has been filed before the Pasay Regional Trial 112 court under Jesus Mupas.
Jimenez said apart from Arroyo, charges have also been filed against Former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan, former Comelec election supervisor Lintang Bedol, and former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos.
Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo is not included in the charge sheet due to insufficient evidence.
Responding to critics of the charge’s “timing,” Jimenez said Comelec’s decision was not necessarily to coincide with Arroyo’s plan to leave for Singapore.
“Sinusunod lang po namin yung tamang proseso,” Jimenez added in a television interview.
Based on Republic Act No. 6646, electoral sabotage constitutes altering of votes during an election, tampering numbers on “large scale or in substantial numbers.”
It is non-bailable and punishable by life imprisonment.
The Comelec vote came ahead of the Supreme Court’s en banc session on the government’s motion for reconsideration on an earlier issued temporary restraining order against the watchlist order on Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel.
This development might again prevent the ailing Arroyo from leaving the country.