Wednesday, January 17, 2007

All About the 2007 Election

The COMELEC has released the following prohibited activities and deadlines relative to the forthcoming Ma4 14, 2007 Synchronized National and Local Elections:

Election Period - January 12 to June 13, 2007

Period for filing Certificate of Candidacy
..... for Senators - January 15 to February 12, 2007
..... for Local Elective Positions - January 15 to March 29, 2007

Campaign Period
..... for Senators and Party-List - February 13 to May 12, 2007
..... for Local Elective Positions and Congressmen - March 30 to May 12, 2007

Prohibited Acts during Election Period:
1. Alteration of territory of a precinct or establishment of a new precinct;
2. Bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
3. Suspension of any local elective officials;
4. Transfer of officers and employees in the Civil Service;
5. Organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces and other similar forces;
6. Use of PNP, AFP or other law enforcement agency by candidates;

Prohibited Acts during Campaign Period:
1. Giving of donations or gift in cash or in kind, etc;
2. Use of armored land, water or aircraft;
3. Appointment or use of special policemen and agents;
4. Illegal release of prisoners;
5. Appointment or hiring of new employees;
6. Creation or filling-up of new positions;
7. Promotion or giving of salary increases, remuneration or priveledges;
8. Construction of public works, delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrants or similar devices for future undertaking chargeable against public funds;
9 . Release, disbursement or expenditures of public funds for public works and social services;
10. Campaigning on April 5 and 6, 2007.

Prohibited Acts on the eve of Election Day (May 13, 2007)
1. Campaigning;
2. Selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor;
3. Giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value.

Prohibited Acts on Election Day
same as #1 to 3 above plus
4. Soliciting votes within 30 meters of the polling place;
5. Voting more than once;
6. Holding of fairs, cockfights, boxing, horse races or similar activities;
7. Opening of booths or stalls for the sale, etc., of merchandise or refreshment within a radius of thirty meters from the polling place.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Fortress Island of Corregidor

My officemates decided that we tour Corregidor for our annual Field Trip. So, we packed our bags and headed to the Island Fortress of Bataan.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My Top 10 Travels as of 2006

First of all I would like to greet everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR. It was a crazy and hectic 2006 for me with the BAR examinations done and of course the tight deadlines at work. I just truly wish that I am in some remote areas right now and doing what I do enjoy dong most - that is immersing with a new place, enjoying its scene and mingle with the local people.

And speaking of traveling, let me recount 10 of the most enjoyable travels I had so far.

1. ANILAO - this tropical paradise in Batangas tops my list of the favorite places I have been to so far. Although known as a diving destination, I immensely enjoyed the place doing snorkling, island hopping, swimming and of course, fun water games with the family. I particularly like the boat ride to Sombrero Island and that small trek heading to an awesome white beach.