Comelec gun ban starts Sept. 28

THE 45-DAY ban on carrying firearms and employing security personnel in public will officially start tomorrow, September 28, the start of the election period for the barangay elections on October 28.

“Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9715 which prescribed the calendar of activities and period of prohibited acts in connection with the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections, gun ban will be imposed beginning September 28, 2013 until November 12, 2013,” according to the official website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Read the rest of this entry

Comelec ‘saves’ P100M on SK polls cancellation

CANCELLING the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year will save the country a lot of money.

“We can save a lot of funds, more or less P100 million nationwide, because we don’t have to allocate budget for the SK,” said lawyer Renato Magbutay, regional election director of Commission on Elections in Northern Mindanao. Read the rest of this entry

Youth divided over SK abolition

CAGAYAN de Oro City’s youth are divided over the move of the government to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), the youth arm of local government units (LGUs).

For Gladys Valle, a second-year college student at Xavier University, the abolition of the SK is tantamount to trampling the constitutional rights of the Filipino youth. Read the rest of this entry

Youth leader laments move

POSTPONING the youth elections is tantamount to abolishing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), said SK Cebu City Federation John Phillip Po II.

The House of Representatives voted to postpone the SK elections from Oct. 28 this year to the last Monday of October 2016. There will be no holdover, which means the term for all SK representatives that are ex-oficio members of the Sanggunian will end. Read the rest of this entry

Postponement of SK polls ‘should be made long ago’

PHILIPPINE Councilor’s League (PCL) national president Alma Moreno–Salic said on Tuesday that the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections should have been decided long before, and not several weeks before the intended election.

She made the personal stand as PCL is yet to come up its common stand about the issue on the postponement of the SK election. Salic said she sympathizes with the SK leaders who have formed their own slate and started campaigning in their respective areas. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec names PPCRV as its citizen’s arm in October polls

THE Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will be the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the October 28 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

During a press briefing, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes announced the accreditation of the election watchdog. Read the rest of this entry