PNP to deploy personnel to assist in registration sites as voter sign-up deadline nears

PNP to deploy personnel to assist in registration sites as voter sign-up deadline nears
Individuals queue for Voter registration outside the COMELEC office in Quezon City. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the Commission approved the resumption of voter registration from 8am to 5pm in areas under MECQ (September 6, 2021).
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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police General Guillermo Eleazar ordered cops to ensure that health protocols are being observed in voter registration sites as the period of sign-ups for the 2022 elections enters its final week.

“Only one week is left and the voter’s registration for the 2022 elections will end so we are expecting flocking of our countrymen to registration sites to beat the deadline,” the PNP chief said in Filipino.

Eleazar said he directed chiefs of police and area commanders to expect more people heading to registration sites and deploy “enough number of personnel” in these areas to make sure orderly conduct of voter sign-ups amid the threat of Delta variant.

He also noted reports that registration sites have been crowded due to registrants that line up in the wee hours of the morning, resulting in hours of waiting.

Voter registration for the 2022 polls will end on September 30, although several groups and bills have also been filed to urge the Commission on Elections to extend the sign-up period.

The Comelec has also opened up registration sites in various malls.

Also on Friday, the House of Representatives Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms approved the bill seeking to extend voter registration period until October 31.

Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo has previously said they are considering extending registration by one week, after the filing of Certificate of Candidacy which will be on October 1 to 8.  — Kristine Joy Patag

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LATEST UPDATE: October 2, 2021 - 4:02pm

Get the latest updates on the Philippines' preparation for the May 2022 national elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Main image by The STAR/Michael Varcas

October 2, 2021 - 4:02pm

The Department of Labor and Employment on October 2 issues a press release on Isabela officials declaring support for Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's potential candidacy for senator.

Bello is included in the potential senatorial slate of a faction of the PDP-Laban.

While Bello is head of the labor department, it is unclear why his potential political plans and publishing press releases about them fall within the mandate of the Department of Labor and Employment.  


October 2, 2021 - 3:26pm

President Rodrigo Duterte and his long-time aide Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go have arrived at the area at a Pasay City hotel where the filing of certificates of candidacy are filed.

Duterte has openly said he will run for vice president. Go has been nominated to run for president by PDP-Laban but the senator says he is not interested.

October 1, 2021 - 11:53am

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says compliance with protocols for the COC filing was mostly good.

“For the most part compliance with health protocols good. There were some instances where we had to remind people to maintain their distance but otherwise people have been good in complying with antigen testing, with the face mask and face shield requirement and social distancing,” Jimenez says.

“Of course, it’s a little difficult to always maintain social distance but we’re trying and everyone deserves credit for being aware of this requirement at all times.” — Philstar.com/Gaea Katreena Cabico

September 30, 2021 - 2:11pm

Sen. Risa Hontiveros will file her certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 1, her office says in an advisory.

The filing of COCs for the 2022 polls will be from October 1-8. 

The Philippine National Police on Thursday morning deployed personnel to a hotel in Pasay City where the filing will be held.

September 29, 2021 - 8:19pm

Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says he will run for senator in 2022. 

His brother JV Ejercito, also a former senator, has also said he will run for the Senate next year.

The two failed to get Senate seats in 2019 in polls that also saw their father Joseph Ejercito Estrada lose his bid for reelection as mayor of Manila. 

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