KUWTT: PNP marks 128 high-risk voting areas | April 5, 2022

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READ: PNP marks 128 high-risk voting areas

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has listed more than 100 municipalities and 14 cities as areas with the highest risk of violence erupting in the May elections. The areas fall under the “red” category in the PNP’s four-color classification, PNP chief General Dionardo Bernardo Carlos said on Monday. The red zones will be placed under the control of the Electoral Commission (Comelec) due to their history of election-related incidents and the confirmed presence of armed groups. Green areas have had generally peaceful polls in the past. The yellow zones are considered “areas of concern” due to alleged incidents related to the ballot in the last two elections, the possible presence of armed groups and intense political rivalries. Orange areas are “areas of immediate concern” due to the presence of armed groups, such as the New People’s Army and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which could disrupt the conduct of elections. Carlos said police will continue to monitor yellow and orange areas, but will focus on red areas.

READ: DILG steps up drive against vote buying

The Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities (DILG) has called on the Electoral Commission (Comelec) to reactivate its working group against vote buying. Speaking at a responsible voting information campaign in Marikina City on Monday, DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the task force was activated during the 2019 midterm elections, but that its operations were limited to the provincial level. For the May elections, Malaya said it asked Comelec to allow the task force to cover even the municipal level. The group will work closely with the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and DILG. Malaya said vote buying has always been a serious issue during elections. But while it has become an accepted practice, the government has not mounted a substantial campaign to stop it.

READ: Health department studies Covid injections once a year

The Department of Health (DoH) is studying the possibility of giving free anti-Covid-19 injections once a year. In a radio interview on Monday, Undersecretary of Health and Chair of the National Immunization Operations Center Myrna Cabotaje said there was a good chance Covid injections would be given every year. The government should consider whether the annual vaccination will be for the general population or for vulnerable sectors only. Cabotaje said vaccines will be given away for free unless they receive a Product Registration Certificate (CPR). The Food and Drug Administration issues CPR for marketing a product after evaluating its safety, efficacy, and quality. The vaccines are free because they have received emergency use authorization from the Philippine Food and Drug Administration.

READ: Lacson removes Migz from Senate list

Re-elected Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri was removed from Lacson-Sotto’s Senate slate after supporting former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at a political rally in Bukidnon. Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, included Zubiri in their senatorial list as a guest candidate. However, both parties had agreed that invited candidates should not endorse presidential candidates. Zubiri recently raised his hand from Marcos.

READ: Unesco plans partnership with media safety group

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) wishes to partner with the Presidential Task Force on Media Safety (PTFoMS) in capacity building projects on human rights man. Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, executive director of PTFoMS, released the statement after a recent meeting with Mohamed Djelid, director and representative of the Unesco office in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss possible projects. Unesco is mainly concerned with preventing human rights violations through capacity-building projects. The agency said it wants a long-term collaboration with the Philippine government because it has the tools, means and experience to build the capacity of stakeholders through education, campaigns and advocacy. At their meeting last month, Egco presented the achievements of PTFoMS since its inception in 2016 and its pivotal role in ensuring media freedom.

READ: PAO chief blasts Tulfo

THE head of the Attorney General’s Office (PAO) slammed reality TV and public service personality Rafael “Raffy” Tulfo on Monday for accusing his agency’s attorneys of absenteeism and failing to attend court proceedings. investigation of litigants who were referred to them by its television program. PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta hit back at Tulfo and urged him to stop using his agency to advance his political agenda. Tulfo is running for a seat in the Senate. Tulfo, in a television interview, said the alleged non-performance of PAO lawyers was among the reasons that compelled him to push for the creation of a free legal aid center when he was elected senator.

BUSINESS: publication of TRI for PSA postponed

On the business side, foreign chambers of commerce on Monday called for the immediate release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRRs) of the amendments to the “Public Utilities Act” (Republic Act 11659) and the “Law on foreign investments” (RA 11647). In a joint statement, the business groups welcomed the recent release of the Retail Liberalization Act and urged the government to “ensure that the IRRs on RA 11659 and [RA] 11647 is also released, with sufficient stakeholder consultation, before the end of the current administration.”

SPORTS: POC lifts persona non grata on Juico, Patafa suspension

In sports, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) rejected its resolution declaring Philippine Athletics Association (Patafa) President Philip Juico persona non grata and, at the same time, lifted his suspension. of 90 days on the national federation on Monday. The POC’s decision was made following the conclusion of the mediation process between the Patafa and pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena, where the two sides agreed to a settlement.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are the front-page columnists today. Contreras discusses Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli’s “rescue” from slander, while Makabenta discusses character and presidency.

Today’s editorial talks about the confusion of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Read a full version in the newspaper’s opinion section or listen to the voice of the times.

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On behalf of the Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday.

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