Presidential Communications Operations Office



  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Wednesday, 19 June 2019 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 
home
 
about
 
fotos
 
info
 
links
 
ncrr01carr02r03calmimr05r06r07r08r09r10r11r12r13
 << June 2019 >> 
S M T W T F S
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
Special News Editions:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Ilocano.Waray.Hiligaynon
Pangasinan.Other
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Waray.Hiligaynon.Ilocano
Pangasinan.All
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release
2010/02/17

Early elections loom in Masbate

by EA Ddelgado

Masbate City (17 February) -- Elections in restive Masbate may be held ahead of the May 10 balloting.

This distinct possibility will materialize once the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolved to allow residents to vote at least a week before the general elections to ease the tension in this pistol-shaped island province, PIA Masbate has learned through documents and interviews with officials.

Lawyer Alberto Caņares III, acting election supervisor for Masbate, said he has been calling for separate balloting in the province, with a long history of election violence and rampant vote-buying.

Caņares stated that holding advanced elections in "hot spots" that include Masbate could prevent bloodshed and massive fraud as the poll body would be able to concentrate its security and administrative forces in those areas.

Some lawyers have claimed that the Comelec, on its own and without supporting legislation, can implement early elections in hot spots because of its broad powers in the Omnibus Election Code.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, the Comelec's powers during the election period are broad enough to allow it to cancel and reschedule elections in some cases.

However, top officials of Comelec said only a new law would enable the poll body to set a date ahead of the scheduled national and local elections in the nation's hot spots.

The two houses of Congress should pass a law for such advanced balloting to materialize. And they should have done it before they adjourned in the first week of February to give way to the election campaign period.

The early voting bill that was introduced in the House of the Representatives and the Senate called for separate balloting not only in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the site of the worst election-related violence in the country's history, but also in restive Masbate, where contending politicians have too many armed followers.

As described by no less than the PNP chief, Director General Jesus Verzosa, "Masbate is one of the deadliest and most dangerous places during elections as local positions are bitterly contested." (PIA Masbate) [top]

|«  prev  next  »|
DAILY NEWS LIST:
»P3.4 million DAR project eyes reduced poverty, unemployment in Davao region
»Young life snuffed out in NPA Valentines Day attack
»Gov't peace and development projects under siege
»Public lectures, food demos set at UP Mindanao
»Lot for the landless: Tagum mayor surprise Valentines gift
»Tagum City chants in communication proficiency
»DTI 11 consults with private sector to improve services
»Private sector urged to influence gov't to think like entrepreneurs
»Davao seminar on autism spectrum disorder set February 21
»Postharvest project keeps elderly farmers productive
|«  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines