Police map out security for village polls

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao has mapped out measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Election 2013.

Chief Superintendent Wency T. Pascual, PRO Davao director, gathered the police directors of Davao City Police Office (DCPO); Davao del Norte; Davao del Sur; Compostela Valley; and Davao Oriental to discuss the upcoming barangay and SK election slated on October. Read the rest of this entry

Turnover ceremony set for incoming, outgoing admins

THE City Government of Davao is now preparing for the turnover ceremony of the outgoing and incoming administrations as mandated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Complying with the directive from the DILG to create transition teams and prepare for an effective, orderly and smooth turnover to incoming local officials, assistant city administrator lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo said the smooth turnover will include a briefing on the state of performance and state of development of the local government unit, as well as financial and key challenges to incoming officials. Read the rest of this entry

Garcia-Albano is richest lawmaker in Davao

ALL but one congressman in Davao Region reported an increase in their net worth in 2012, a summary report of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) 2012 from the House of Representatives showed.

The assets, liabilities and net worth for the year 2012 of Davao del Sur second district Representative-elect Franklin Bautista has not changed compared to his 2011 SALN. Read the rest of this entry

Low turnout of PTC payment during polls

THE New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were only able to get a measly P26 million from their permit-to-campaign collections in the recently concluded midterm elections. Not a huge amount considering their target of P500 million PTC fee from candidates, according to the military.

Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Public Affairs Office chief Major Ramon Zagala said the figure came from documents the military recovered from various armed engagements with the rebel group. Read the rest of this entry

Paolo Duterte is richest councilor

AMONG the 15 councilors who submitted their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2012, Vice Mayor-elect Paolo Duterte has the highest net worth at P20.4 million.

A copy of the summary of SALN for the City Council members showed that Duterte has a net worth of P20,411,800 with total assets worth P21,911,800 and P1,500,000 liabilities. Read the rest of this entry

Pinol moves for exclusion of 2 towns in canvassing

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Cotabato Governor Manny Pinol filed a petition before the Cotabato Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) to exclude in the canvassing the towns of Pikit and Carmen due to alleged “high improbability of the voters’ turnout.”

Pinol, in a radio interview, said the two towns, based on the latest tally from Commission on Elections (Comelec), have a voters’ turnout from 95 to 96 percent, which, according to him, “was highly improbable.” Read the rest of this entry

Davao City: A microcosm of country’s voting populace

With 486,752 who actually voted according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website, Davao City has once again shown itself as a gauge of how the whole Philippines votes, as the surprising number one slot of Grace Poe in the national canvassing is likewise reflected in the city tally.

It’s not what many will call the intelligent vote, but it approximates the vote of the whole country. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec: Eat first, be early

LAWYER Wilfred Jay Balisado, Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Davao regional director, urged the voting public and the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) alike to be prepared for a long day as the midterm automated election kicks off today, May 13.

Balisado told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview, “Ang panawagan nako sa mga botante kay magsayo sila ug adto sa ilang respective polling centers ug unta dili sila manobra ug botar para dili masayang ang mga ballots. Unta pud i-attend na nila ilang mga personal needs like mangihi daan o magkaon daan usa muboto para wa nay langay (I am urging the voters to be at their polling centers early and that they do not shade more than the number of candidates needed so as not to waste the ballots. I also hope that they will attend to their personal needs like urinating and eating ahead so there won’t be any delays.)” Read the rest of this entry

Dutertes, Ungab are sure winners

RUNNING unopposed, the father and son tandem of Rodrigo and Paolo Duterte only needs a vote to clinch the highest and the second highest elective posts in Davao City.

Same is true with re-electionist representative Isidro Ungab of the city’s third congressional district. Read the rest of this entry

Quiboloy bares favored senatorial bets

INTERNATIONAL television evangelist Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name endorsed six senatorial candidates from Team PNoy, five from United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), and an independent bet for the May 13 midterm elections.

In a press conference held at Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) studio at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ compound, Quiboloy said he is supporting Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero, Bam Aquino, Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe, Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, JV Ejercito, Jack Enrile, Nancy Binay, Edward Hagedorn, and Richard Gordon. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec exec won’t make public apology

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec)-Davao City District 1 election officer Aimee Perolino Ampoloquio rejected the demand of the Department of Education (DepEd) for her to make a public apology over her statement calling the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) “forgetful” and “stupid.”

Ampoloquio said DepEd-Davao should not make a big deal out of the statement she blurted out in a radio interview against the BEIs when the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines suffered technical glitches during the machines’ final testing on May 6. Read the rest of this entry

Distribution of PCOS to polling places on

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao Region, in coordination with Air21, the 10th Infantry Division (10th ID) of the Philippine Army, and Police Regional Office (PRO) are deploying 3,501 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to different polling centers in the region.

Comelec assistant regional director Lawyer Jose Villanueva, in an interview in the sidelines of the Regional Joint Security Coordinating Council (RJSCC) meeting at Camp Catitipan on Thursday, said the transport of these PCOS machines are now in progress. Read the rest of this entry

Military, police cast votes in local absentee voting

PERSONNEL from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), and appointed Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) cast their votes in different polling centers in Davao City as the local absentee voting for the May 13 midterm elections entered its second day Monday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Atty. Wilfredo Jay Balisado said members of the police regional office cast their votes at the regional headquarters in Camp Catitipan while personnel of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) participated in the manual voting at Camp Felix Apolinario in Panacan. Read the rest of this entry