Comelec: Lesser airtime for 2013 polls' nat'l candidates Created on January 18, 2013, 8:05 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has issued a resolution cutting the airtime allowed for candidates running for national posts in the May mid-term elections.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that candidates running for national posts will only be allowed to run their campaign ads for 120 minutes on television and 180 minutes on radio.

DENR to politicos: Use reusable campaign materials Created on January 18, 2013, 5:46 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Wednesday called on candidates to be mindful of the environment and avoid using non-biodegradable materials for their campaign paraphernalia.
“We are calling on all well-meaning candidates to be mindful of the environment when they hit the election campaign trail. They should put waste avoidance and reduction at the heart of their strategy to win in order to minimize trash and its impact on the environment and humans,” Paje said.

Comelec forms unit to scrutinize poll bets’ expenses Created on January 18, 2013, 5:44 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has created the Campaign Finance Unit (CFU) to scrutinize the statement of campaign contributions and expenditures (SOCE) of candidates in the May 13 elections.
“The commission wants to implement strictly the laws on elections, particularly the rules on campaign finance. The purpose is to make sure that figures on the SOCE are true and correct,” Comelec Law Department director Esperanza Ladra said.

(UPDATE) New military chief asked to ensure orderly midterm polls Created on January 18, 2013, 5:43 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - President Benigno S. Aquino III challenged today the new leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to ensure the holding of orderly and credible midterm elections in May.
Aquino made the statement as he witnessed the change of command of the military from General Jessie Dellosa who will retire next week to Lieutenant General Emmanuel Bautista, the 44th AFP chief of staff.

Teachers seek P2,000 increase in poll duty pay Created on January 18, 2013, 5:37 am Posted by nup

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – Some 240,000 teachers nationwide want an increase in poll duty pay from P4,000 to P6,000 when they are fielded in the May elections.
In a telephone interview, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Rep. Antonio Tinio said the funds could be derived from the savings of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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