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Commotion in front of Comelec-BARMM office leaves 1 car damaged

COTABATO CITY - A vehicle parked in front of Comelec-BARMM office inside the Bangsamoro Government Center was damaged when supporters of candidates traded sticks and plastic water containers on Saturday night.

The Comelec was to administer and facilitate the final testin and sealign of vote counting machines and ohter election parahernalia for Monday's balloting when commotion erupted.

16 violent election-related recorded in 4 months

MANILA – A day before 67.5 million Filipino troop to polling centers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed 16 validated cases of violent election-related incidents (ERIs) across the country since the election period started on January 9 with the gun ban.

In a virtual press conference on Sunday, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said the number was much lower than 133 in the 2016 national and 60 in the 2019 mid-term polls.

Gun ban violators and confiscated firearms were likewise 50 percent lower than in the two previous elections.

SK gov aspirant gets TRO over Comelec ruling

COTABATO CITY – The Supreme Court on Friday issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a Comelec ruling canceling the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of gubernatorial aspirant Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu of Sultan Kudarat.

“Datu Pax Ali Mangudadatu’s candidacy remains valid, legal and legitimate,” according to his lawyer Atty. Cyrus Torreña.

Copies of the Supreme Court’s TRO were shared to the local media Friday night.

The highest court gave both parties 10 non-extendable days to comment on the TRO.

Teachers protest “hasty changes” in poll duties

COTABATO CITY  – An estimated 200 teachers earlier assigned as electoral board in the city have protested the alleged replacement of their names to serve the May 9 polls by teachers who have no certification from Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

“We were surprised to learn about this hasty changes during the orientation, our replacements were mentors of Madaris (Islamic schools) who have not been trained on poll duties, specifically on the handling of vote-counting machines,” one of the teachers told reporters.

All systems go for May 9 polls: Comelec

MANILA – It’s all systems go for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections (NLE), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday.

“We are all systems go. We are just waiting for the date of the elections. We have conducted final testing and sealing (FTS) and the problems we have already addressed,” Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said in a press briefing.

“We are 100 percent all set for May 9,” he added.

BARMM teachers cry foul on substitution as poll workers

MANILA – More than 200 public school teachers protested Thursday their removal as electoral board members for Cotabato City.

Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, who is seeking reelection, said the teachers were summoned to a supposed orientation by the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education–Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MBHTE-BARMM) but were taken aback by what transpired.

BARMM sends cops, soldiers too, for poll security duties

PARANG, Maguindanao - The Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO BAR) together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) formally sent off troops who will secure the polls this May 9, 2022 at the PRO BAR Grandstand in Camp Salipada K Pendatun, Parang, Maguindanao on May 4, 2022.

Comelec issues guidelines on vote-buying violations

MANILA – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday reminded registered voters against vote-buying and vote-selling.

In a memorandum issued by Comelec Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, chairperson of Task Force Bigay, the voting public was advised about the consequences of committing any act in violation thereof.

It also directed the law enforcement agencies to strictly enforce the statutory prohibition against vote-buying and vote-selling.

More troops deployed in politically-troubled Lanao Sur town

COTABATO CITY --- A hundred more soldiers had been deployed in the politically hostile Malabang town in Lanao del Sur to help ensure peaceful elections in the area on May 9.

The Commission on Elections had placed Malabang under its control due to the tension between two camps that each pitted a candidate for municipal mayor.

MILF, UBJP support “ROSA tandem” 

COTABATO CITY  – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today said the party is backing up the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, supporting claims by some groups pushing for ROSA or “Robredo Sara” tandem.

“Yes, the MILF is supporting Mayor Sara Duterte vice presidential bid,” Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo, secretary general of United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP), the MILF’s political group, Sunday, eight days before elections.

Earlier, MILF chief Ahod “Kagi Murad’ Ebrahim, also UBJP president, told reporters that the party is also supporting Mayor Sara.


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