August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Comelec urges netizens to join epal shame campaign

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 9, (PIA)—The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) urges everyone to join them in their shame campaign over candidates via the social media who are into “epal moves” or are simply disregarding election campaign rules and propaganda. 

This as the official campaign period for the national elective officials started February 9.

Using hashtag #SumbongKo, @Comelec, netizens can take a picture of the violation and indicate the location, while attaching the picture of the violation upon uploading to the twitter, instagram or facebook. 

What then needs to be reported and shamed?

Posters and election materials over 2 feet by 3 feet, posters of any size that is posted on non-designated common poster areas, or when posted on private properties without permission from the owners and fair game. 

Also up for shame reporting are posters of whatever sizes which are nailed, pasted, taped or affixed on trees, on public transportation especially those controlled by the government. 

The Comelec has also banned posting of election campaign materials on lamp-posts, power lines, schools, waiting sheds, sidewalks, traffic signs, bridges, barangay halls, public health centers and public buildings, public shrines, terminals, airports, seaports, public utility vehicles, patrol cars, trains stations, trains, on overpasses and underpasses as well as on center islands. 

Moreover, reports can also be done on promotions that offer rewards in cash or kind in exchange for support and voting of a candidate and a party, vote buying activities and anything that goes against local laws on littering, environmental protection and internet-posting, according to the COMELEC.

At this, Comelec warned concerned candidates to take down illegally placed campaign materials in 3 days or they expect notices and citation of materials from them.

"We will submit them to the Law Department for evaluations, whether or not they can be cited for violations of the Omnibus Election Code, whether or not they are electoral offenses, in other words," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

"What is important is that the materials are documented and once they are documented, then, we can take them down as a form of abasement, as well," Jimenez added.

Campaign violations constitute an election offense, which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from holding public office, according to the Omnibus Election Code. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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