Category: COMELEC Facts

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Election season na naman.

Yung mga premature dapat natin tandaan.

May delicadeza ba ang manok natin sa election na to?

Kung wala, paano magsisilbi sa bayan ang ganito?



ELECTIONS chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. is asking candidates to avoid media exposure despite the absence of a law against premature campaigning.

“Out of delicadeza, prospective candidates who filed their COCs (certificates of candidacy), should refrain from indirect campaigning by appearing on TV, radio & in ads,” Brillantes wrote Saturday in his Twitter account (@ChairBrillantes).

“Regardless of what you call it, it can readily be misinterpreted as indirect campaigning/implied endorsement,” he also said.

Brillantes said he is making the appeal to continue promoting fair election practices.

“Media exposure of limited number of prospective candidates cause undue disadvantage to others not afforded the same opportunity,” he said.

Brillantes also appealed to media entities to avoid giving “unnecessary exposure to select candidates in the guise of interviews.”

Candidates for the mid-term election in May next year filed COCs from October 1 to 5. The campaign period starts in February.

Republic Act 9369 states that any person who files a COC “shall only be considered as a candidate at the start of the campaign period.”

A 2009 Supreme Court case (Penera vs. Comelec) paved the way for the removal of premature campaigning as an election offense.

Former president Fidel Ramos, upon arrival yesterday from Singapore where he attended a business forum, asked the public not to vote for candidates who belong to political dynasties.

He said Congress, “if it sees fit, can correct this anomaly.”

“Unfortunately in the previous consultative commission working under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and they had a long list of so-called revision or amendments, that definition of turncoatism and dynastism was not even mentioned.”

Bishop emeritus Teodoro Bacani, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, lamented the continued absence of a law against political dynasties.

“Mayroon na tayong batas sa Konstitusyon pero wala pang implementing legislation hanggang sa ngayon,” he said.

Article II Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution states, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


OFW online registration with COMELEC makes perfect sense.

I hope this can also be done efficiently in the country, either online or via home to home services. I won’t mind paying extra for a service to have me registered properly. Specially if you don’t have the time. Of course dapat kasama na ang pag issue ng valid Viter’s ID sa ganyan :).


Read on friends:


The Migrante Sectoral Party (MSP) yesterday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to study the concept of online or Internet registration to enable overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to exercise their right of suffrage as absentee voters.

In a statement, MSP chair Connie Bragas-Regalado said the use of cyber space “will hasten the process and solve the common difficulties encountered by most of the OFWs which is accessibility to designated registration centers.”

Citing records of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), she noted that only around 161,000 OFWs have applied for voter’s registration as of July 1 and this is a “dismal number in relation to the 12-million” OFWs.

“Obviously, the 161,000 plus new overseas absentee voters (OAV) comprised a small percentage of the total number of overseas Filipinos abroad considering that the system is not new and have been a component of the Philippine electoral exercises for more than a decade since the passage of the OAV law,” Regalado said.

She said there is no record as to how many out of the 161,000 new registrants will actually cast their votes.

Based on DFA reports, most of the registrants came from Los Angeles, California; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kuwait; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Milan, Italy; San Francisco, California; Tel Aviv, Israel; Singapore; Hong Kong; Rome and Italy.

She said MSP is not surprised that as per region, those from the Middle East and Africa got a good number of new OAVs compared to other regions.

“This is mainly due to our consistent OAV campaign education and information dissemination efforts on that region,” she added.

 Regalado urged the Comelec to beef up efforts to reach out to migrant Filipinos.

The OAV registration started on Oct. 31, 2011 and will end Oct. 31 this year.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


Here’s news for OFWs regarding passport renewal and COMELEC registration.

Make the most of it 🙂




Overseas Filipino workers  applying to renew their passports at the Department of Foreign Affairs may also register as absentee voters at the same time.

The DFA and the Commission on Elections are set to sign on Monday a memorandum of agreement to establish an overseas absentee voting (OAV) registration center at the DFA’s Office of Consular Affairs,   Aseana Business Park, Macapagal Avenue corner Bradco Avenue, Tambo, Parañaque City.

This is expected to encourage more OFWs to participate and exercise their right to suffrage in the 2013 elections.

The DFA said 88,500 Filipinos have so far registered in various Philippine diplomatic missions as new overseas absentee voters.

OAV registration centers in the Philippines, including those located at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,  have added 72,653 to the number of registrants in the form of outbound overseas Filipinos since February.

“This brings the overall total of new OAV registrants to 161,153,” the DFA said.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has directed the DFA’s foreign diplomatic posts to intensify their OAV registration programs.

DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez earlier said Philippine diplomatic offices abroad “continue to exert all possible efforts to increase the number of OAV registrants and voters for the 2013 national elections.”

“Our foreign service posts have touched base with Filipino communities, civil society groups, as well as church and other Filipino groups,” he said.

They have “launched multimedia campaigns using various social networking sites, among others,” Hernandez said.

Meanwhile, the DFA said applying for a passport should become easier and more convenient before the end of the year as it has released new guidelines that will allow the DFA to more effectively respond to the consular needs of the public.

The new guidelines include the establishment of a nationwide appointment system that will simplify the passport application process and make it easier for the public.

Del Rosario said he has given the Office of Consular Affairs until December 31 this year to put in place a dedicated call center that would allow passport applicants to choose the date and time they would like to be accommodated in any DFA consular office nationwide.

“This appointment system and other measures that the DFA has been taking during the past several months will significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the long lines that have been associated with the passport application process,” Del Rosario said.

He said the proposed appointment system will complement the ongoing transfer of DFA consular offices to shopping malls nationwide under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements that, it is claimed, will save the government an estimated P1.04 billion in operating and other costs in the next 10 years.

According to the new guidelines, the DFA is targeting to open the first 13 consular offices in Metro Manila and other key cities before the end of the year.

All DFA mall-based offices are required to operate beyond regular office hours from Mondays to Saturdays to accommodate applicants who cannot be absent from work or school. They will be open for three hours on Sundays to accommodate applicants.

Del Rosario has  also ordered the decentralization of authentication services and to make this service available in Metro Manila and San Fernando, Pampanga; Cebu and Davao.

The guidelines also cover the conduct of special and mobile passport services and the accreditation of travel agencies that would allow them to continue assisting applicants until December 31.

“All the steps we have been taking during the past several months are in line with our commitment to bring government closer to the people,” said Del Rosario.

He said that, despite the improvement in consular services, the DFA has no plans of increasing its passport fees, which are currently pegged at P950 for regular processing and P1,200 for expedited processing.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Election time is around the corner. It will happen in the summer of 2013.

Well, June na, and half way na tayo sa 2012. That means we have half a year to make the most of this year.

One of the things we need to accomplish is to get a proper voter’s registration. I heard that the new registration has biometrics functions, like the one we have for passport applications.

Read on:

The Commission on Elections has announced that it will still be accepting applications for voter registration until October 31, 2012.

Those who has not reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess such qualifications on or before the May 13, 2013 (for example, you were born in April 1995) elections may register as a voter not earlier than May 12, 2012.

Applicants should bring with them a copy of their birth certificate and one valid ID for their registration. COMELEC offices are open Monday to Saturdays (including holidays), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

List of valid identification (ID) cards, according to COMELEC:

  1.  Current employee’s identification card (ID), with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
  2. Postal ID;
  3. Student’s ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
  4. Senior Citizen’s ID;
  5. Driver’s license;
  6. NBI/PNP clearance;
  7. Passport;
  9. Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
  10. License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) and;
  11. Any other valid ID.

The ID should bear the applicant’s photo, signature, and complete address. The poll body has likewise emphasized that community tax certificates (cedulas) and other certifications and IDs issued by barangay officials will not be honored. The complete voter registration procedures can be read in the COMELEC website.

COMELEC also indicated that applications for correction of entries, change of name, and transfer of registration records will likewise be accepted.

According to section 5 of COMELEC resolution 9149 promulgated last year, any Filipino citizen who has met the following requirements is eligible to vote:

  1. At least eighteen (18) years of age;
  2. A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein he proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election; and
  3. Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Go out and register!

Go out and VOTE!

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I can’t help but notice this trait among us Pinoys, waiting for the last minute to get things done. Tapos kapag hindi nagawa o kaya nabibitin, nagagalit tayo sa lahat ng tao sa paligid natin. Take for example getting a passport, sometimes we get to a point that we need a passport immediately to fly out, pero may problema naman sa pagkuha ng passport, kasi delayed. Saan ka lulugar? Syempre magagalit ka. Pero kung masinop ka, since and passport is valid for 5 years, dapat 1 to 2 years ago nakakuha ka na nyan. Wala naman sigurong delay ang DFA ng 12 months. Sobra na yun kung ganun.

Ganun din sa pagkuha ng NSO certificate. Magmamadali, gusto makuha na ngayon na, kasi kailangan. Sana kinuha last week, o kaya 3 days ago bago sa deadline na kailangan. Haaay buhay. Buhay Pinoy. Not ready, floating steady, going angry….

If you get the habit of being prepared for the worst, then you will be prepared for the worst and anything less than that. It is just a matter of setting the right mind set. Never wait, wag Ningas Kugon…pangit yon, pinoy na pinoy.

Magisip ka ngayon…..kailangan ko ba ng birth certificate? Hmmmmmmmm…hindi pa….pero baka…bahala na…. MALI!

Kakailanganin mo yan….kumuha ka na ngayon, itabi mo…para handa ka…mahirap ba yon? Kasi pag kumuha ka ng passport, kailangan mo yan. Pag nag trabaho ka hihingiin yan. Sa enrollment ng anak mo, kailangan nila yan…Wag ka na maghintay…gawin mo na. Dadali buhay mo. Walang pressure.

We feel undue pressure because we position ourselves under the pressure cooker. Be wise. Bawal ang tamad sa bayan na kailangan umasenso. Make a change. Change your state of mind.

You can get your passports, NSO certificates, SSS IDs, NBI stuff, POEA clearances, and other government related docs right now. Do it now. Find the ways and the means. The best and convenient options. Hanapin mo, maraming posibleng paraan sa paligid mo.

Be a smart Pinoy.

Citizen Services

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

While it is still hot…like fuming hot…I really don’t know what else to say.

Only in the Philippines? Wow talaga.

Comelec exec: Nothing to pack
By Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:22:00 10/28/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Delivery of voting materials by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to a number of regions for the October 25 polls were delayed because at a certain point there was nothing to transport, the poll body’s packing and shipping committee (PSC) said Wednesday.
The delays and other glitches led to the postponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in 2,418 villages (about 6 percent of the total) across the country.

“There was a delay in the packing because we had nothing to pack … the ballots were incomplete,” PSC head Rey Doma said, defending his committee against accusations that it delayed the delivery of voting supplies for monetary gain.

A Comelec insider, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, told the Inquirer on Tuesday that some employees and officials of the poll body intentionally caused delays because they wanted to get a share of the P230-million budget for delivering voting materials.

(So what else is new???)

Controlled chaos

The source said it was controlled chaos. “They delayed it until the last minute,” he said.

The Comelec has formed a fact-finding panel to determine the delays in the delivery of election paraphernalia and those who should be held accountable.

Doma said it was unfair for Comelec officials to put the blame on the PSC when it was merely enduring the “domino effect” of late preparations.

(Domino effect? Bakit hindi kaya natin sila lagay under giant dominoes and see how well they run…)

He said the fact-finding panel “must look at the whole gamut of the delay.”

“There are a lot of factors that contributed to the delay… I just hope that the investigation will be fair and impartial and that the fact-finding committee sees the whole gamut of the delay,” Doma told reporters.

Bids committee

Commissioner Armando Velasco, the head of the fact-finding panel, said his group would also review the timetable for the barangay and SK elections followed by the bids and awards committee (BAC), the National Printing Office (NPO) and the PSC.


“We would check how many days the BAC consumed before it issued the notice of awards to the winning bidders,” Velasco said. “We would also look into the schedule of the printing.”

Doma said his office could not immediately perform its functions, mainly to pack and ship ballots and other voting supplies, because there was “dilly-dallying” in the preparations and setbacks in the printing of ballots.

If the schedule had been faithfully followed, the shipping of election supplies could have started on October 18, a week before the nationwide polling in 42,025 barangays, Doma said.

But the NPO did not even complete the printing of ballots on that day, he said. Two days before the elections, some of the ballots were still at the NPO reception committee and had yet to be turned over to the PSC, he added.

Packing began October 15

Doma said the PSC started receiving election forms and supplies for packaging on October 15 and completed its work a week after or on October 23.

We finished packing in one week,” he said. “We should have even been commended for this because we finished a job that is usually completed in one or two months in just one week.”

(We commend you….condemn seems to be a spelling mix up of commend don’t you agree?)

The shipment of ballots to far-flung areas like the Socsksargen and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao began only on October 19 and the following day in nearer regions.

This was after the Comelec allowed the PSC to carry out partial delivery of ballots after seeking its permission, Doma said.

“Of course we are the last phase of the preparation, so we look as if we are the ones who caused the delay,” he said.

He also denied that the delays were caused by his office so his men could get a share of the P230-million budget for delivering voting materials.

Forwarding companies

Doma said the packing and shipping committee had to designate deputized drivers from other government agencies to carry out the deliveries in the Cordillera Administrative Region and Ilocos as it would take more time if it were carried out by forwarding companies.

“We limited the personal deliveries to these two regions to make sure that the ballots would reach the areas on time,” he said.

Personal deliveries or those carried out by Comelec personnel were allowed only when bundles of the printed ballots had been inadvertently left behind by the forwarding companies, he added.

A list obtained by reporters on Wednesday showed that 17 Comelec personnel personally delivered official ballots and election returns to various parts of the country, including Sorsogon, Misamis Oriental, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Quezon, Bohol and Sultan Kudarat.

The personnel were from the Comelec’s planning department, administrative service department, electoral contest and adjudication department, personnel department and election records and statistics department.


Eight drivers from other government agencies were deputized by the PSC to deliver the materials to Mt. Province, Abra, Quirino, Cagayan Valley, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Benguet, Isabela and Laguna.

Doma acknowledged that during election time, the Comelec staff would bug him to make the deliveries out of town. “In fact last Sunday at the NPO, there were some people there waiting to be given trips like vultures,” he said.

The maximum budget provided to a Comelec employee making the delivery was P50,000. He also stood to receive a per diem of P800 and a stipend for gasoline expenses, he said.

Panalo talaga…. 🙂


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

As if you don’t already know, the salt that grinds on the injuries of our nation somehow is rooted on the incompetence of some people whom we have entrusted with the facilitation of our systems.

Kelan pa kaya tayo makakuha ng mga leaders na one step ahead kung mag isip? Kahit hindi na three years ahead, kahit na 3 months ahead lang. Is that too much to ask?

As usual, it’s pass the blame game season once again. Read on my fellow country men…….


COMELEC blames National Printing Office for delivery delays

By Philip Tubeza Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 17:13:00 10/25/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Delays. Delays. Delays.

Saying that it was also dissatisfied with how the barangay elections were held, the Commission on Elections on Monday blamed the delay in the delivery of election materials for the postponement of the elections in many areas of the country, particularly in the Bicol region.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo said the delivery of election supplies was delayed in turn due to earlier delays in the printing of ballots by the National Printing Office and the delays in the bidding for the election materials.

He added that areas that did not hold elections on Monday will still be on public holiday Tuesday so that voters could still cast their ballots.

Even President Aquino has said he was also dissatisfied with how the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls were conducted.

“He’s not alone,” Melo said in a press briefing. “It’s not 100 percent so we are not … We want of course to have 100 percent but (still) as it is, it is not failure [of elections].

“We are not satisfied in the sense that the bidding was a little delayed and then the NPO did not perform up to par because their printing presses are not very modern,” Melo said.

“[The President’s opinion] is personal. That is up to him but we may share that dissatisfaction,” he added.

Melo said the bidding was delayed because Congress was not able to immediately decide whether the barangay and SK polls should push though this year.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

News bits from the COMELEC:

COMELEC Empowers Teachers

On the occasion of World Teachers Day, the COMELEC announced that public school teachers may serve as Board of Election Teller (BET) for the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections even if their registration records were already deactivated.

Saying that there is a need to address possible shortage of public school teachers come Election Day, the COMELEC deemed it necessary to reinstate its ruling during the May 10, 2010 elections which resolved to activate the registration records of the members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) whose records were deactivated.

For purposes of the October 25, 2010 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections and future elections, there is a need to reinstate above-cited policy in order to address possible shortage of public school teachers by reason of inadvertent deactivation so that they shall continue to serve in the elections, the COMELEC said in Resolution 9034, promulgated September 21, 2010.

Teachers hailed

COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez, for his part, hailed the Filipino teachers on the occasion of World Teachers Day.

Today we honor our teachers selfless sacrifice and dedication each time the country troops to the polls, said Jimenez.

The COMELEC spokesman noted that more than 500 thousand public school teachers are expected to man 36, 739 voting centers across the country on the October 25 Barangay and SK elections.



Teleserv supports the upcoming 2010 Barangay and SK Elections.

In order to provide continuous service to every Filipino, Teleserv’s Citizen Services will be open to serve even on election day, October 25, 2010. Teleserv’s NSO Birth Certificate Delivery Helpline, DFA Appointment System, and POEA OEC Delivery Service will continue to accept inquiries, requests, and delivery orders on the mentioned date.

This will empower Filipinos to go out and vote and enjoy non-stop government services.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Nais kong malaman ang iyong opinyon ukol sa darating na SK Elections kasabay ng Barangay Election ngayong 2010.

Ito ba ay mahalaga para sa ating nayon at para sa ating bayan?

Iboto at ilagay ang iyong opinyon.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In line with our COMELEC article for today.

Here is a poll question for you to express your opinion.

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