Huge cuts in bets' TV, radio ad minutes Created on January 16, 2013, 4:08 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – For the May 13 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) doesn't want television, radio, and the Internet bombarded with campaign ads. It has revised old rules to impose huge cuts on candidates' advertising minutes.

Comelec rejects 'personal' gun exemptions Created on January 15, 2013, 3:33 am Posted by nup

GUN BAN. By Sunday, January 13, Comelec installs checkpoints for the election period. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) personnel in Intramuros, Manila, turned away several gun owners who where applying for personal exemptions on Monday, June 14, the first weekday after the poll body implemented the election gun ban.

Comelec gets P4-B boost for expanded polls Created on January 15, 2013, 3:28 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – From a slashed budget that it raised a howl over just last year, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has come a long way – it will receive an additional P4.14 billion from the national government for the first ever expanded synchronized elections this year.

How effective are checkpoints? Created on January 14, 2013, 3:32 am Posted by nup

CHECKPOINT. Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr leads the inspection of Comelec checkpoints in Metro Manila, Saturday night, January 12. Instagram photo of James Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines - Unlike the guards in malls, police officers or soldiers in checkpoints do not frisk persons for weapons. With a courteous demeanor, they can only block a car, look into the interior of the vehicle, and see if there are weapons in plain view that can be seized -- all in about 10 seconds.

Gun ban starts amid tense political mood Created on January 14, 2013, 3:31 am Posted by nup

Gun image courtesy of Augustas Didžgalvis under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

MANILA, Philippines – By midnight on Sunday, January 13, the election period starts with the implementation of a weapons ban and the activation of at least 1,634 election checkpoints across the country. The gun ban for the 2013 midterm polls, however, takes effect in a more politically charged environment than in past election cycles, given recent incidents of crime and the intensity of political rivalries that the President’s party faces.

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