Tag Archives: May 13 2013 philippine elections

Team PNoy victory a win for ‘tuwid na daan’ – Palace

With nine of the twelve candidates running under the administration senatorial slate headed for victory, Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda hailed the results of yesterday’s polls a “renewed mandate for ‘tuwid na daan.’”

In a statement, Lacierda said the elections gave President Benigno Aquino III “a vote of confidence for good governance, the continuity of reforms, and a brighter future to come.”

Acknowledging that the midterm poll is a referendum on the Aquino government, Lacierda said Filipino voters “have spoken overwhelmingly to confirm and expand the mandate for reform and change that they first granted in 2010.”

The Palace also commended Filipinos for showing “tenacity and good cheer” in exercising their right to vote despite “isolated” incidents of election violence and glitches in the voting process.

Corazon Aquino Elementary School Quezon City

People flock to Batasan Hills National High School to cast their votes (Photo by Mark Madrona)

“Our institutions—from the COMELEC to its deputized agencies—volunteers for poll-watching, media, and the public came together and did their utmost to ensure free, fair, and credible elections,” the Palace added in the statement.

The Palace also called on everyone to respect the will of the majority and to “stay on the path that the Filipino people have determined by virtue of their vote for change.”

Poll watchdog group Kontra Daya earlier slammed the conduct of the polls by COMELEC and Smartmatic, noting that 60% of poll problems monitored by the group are caused by malfunctioning precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

“Taxpayers paid P1.8 billion for these PCOS machines. The fact that we are seeing numerous cases of PCOS failures, malfunctions and delays only underscores the long-held observation that we were duped by Smartmatic. Comelec allowed the electorate to be shortchanged. This should be the last time we use these machines,” Kontra Daya co-convenor Gani Tapang said.

Fr. Joe Dizon, the group’s spokesperson, said it is not acceptable for COMELEC Chair Sixto Brilliantes to dismiss PCOS-related problems as mere hitches. He added that these problems caused long queues and overcrowded precincts, which may have affected voters’ turnout. “This is disenfranchisement, plain and simple,” Dizon said.

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May 13 2013 Election Day Philippine holiday

UPDATE (4/24/2013) – Palace has released Proclamation 571 which declares May 13 2013 a special public holiday. Better late than never! Access Proclamation 571 here.

The Philippines will have its midterm elections this May 13 2013, Monday. Unless otherwise provided by law, the 1987 Constitution mandates elections to be held on the second Monday of May. The May 2013 polls will be the fourth midterm elections under the present 1987 Charter (the previous ones were held in 1995, 2001, and 2007).

President Benigno Aquino III is yet to issue a proclamation designating the said day as a special non-working holiday. He is expected to do so within the next couple of weeks. After all, not declaring May 13 a holiday will seriously affect voters’ turnout since the Philippines currently does not allow early voting.

Aquino’s predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared May 10, 2010 (the election when Aquino won the presidency) as a holiday “to give the people the fullest opportunity to participate” in the said democratic process. Acting on behalf of Arroyo, then-Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita signed Proclamation 2020 two months before the elections. Access Proclamation 2020 in this link.

May 1 2013 Philippine Labor Day Holiday (rightonthemark.wordpress.com)

Voter registration until October 31, 2012 only – COMELEC

The Commission on Elections has announced that it will still be accepting applications for voter registration until October 31, 2012. This will proceed even while the issue of whether the poll body can reuse for next year’s midterm polls the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines they utilized during the 2010 national elections remains pending before the Supreme Court.

COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez in a statement said 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.

Meanwhile, 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 photocopy 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.


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