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Important election reminders for all registered voters

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This Monday, May 9, we all march to our respective polling precinct to exercise our right to vote. But before doing so, we should know how to go about the voting process properly to make our votes count.

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Before the elections

  • Educate yourself about the voting process. You can find videos showing the step-by-step voting process, from getting your ballot to putting your voting receipt in the ballot box.
  • Prepare your list of candidates on paper. Even if you are quite confident with your memory, you can still finish voting more quickly if you can glance at your list every now and then. Make sure to write the names of your candidates on paper because you cannot use your phone in the precinct.
  • Find your precinct. Before you can get your hands on that all-important ballot, you need to know where your precinct is. You can use a precinct finder site, like GMA News Online’s Find Your Precinct page. According to GMA, it is the mirror service, or a similar page, to the COMELEC’s Precinct Finder facility.

During the elections

  • Vote early. The polling precincts open from 6am to 5pm on May 9, giving you 11 hours to use the tip of your pen to determine the next leader of the country.
  • Double check whether you’ve come to the right voting precinct. You can do this by searching for your precinct beforehand. If you cannot find your name, then report it to the assistance desk and ask for clarifications.
  • Don’t tamper with your ballot. Otherwise, your vote will go to waste because tampered ballots will not be used.
  • COMELEC provides the markers used in voting. You don’t have to bring a marker or pen.

When voting

  1. Keep your votes to yourself. This is why we use the Ballot Secrecy Folder.
  2. Shade the right oval. Some people have turned to social media claiming that their voting receipt showed the wrong name from who they actually voted for. But Comelec lawyer tried to verify such claims and came up with the theory that some people could have been mistaken in shading the right oval, choosing instead to shade the oval after the name of their candidate instead of the oval to the left of the name.
  3. Protect your ballot and keep it pristine. No matter how emotional you might be to practice your right to vote, don’t let your tears, or anything else, damage your ballot.
  4. Get ready to feed your ballot into the Vote Counting Machine (VCM).
  5. Insert the ballot yourself into the VCM slot and wait for it to display the names of all your candidates.
  6. Return the folder and the marker to the poll clerk.
  7. Verify the names flashed on the screen of the VCM while voting for a voter’s receipt. Only the poll staff is allowed to cut the receipt from the machine.
  8. Get an indelible ink for your forefinger and wait for the poll clerk to give you your voter’s receipt.
  9. Look for the Voter’s Receipt Receptacle, usually it’s just beside the VCM. Make sure the names of the candidates you voted for are the ones reflected in the voter’s receipt.
  10. Call for the poll clerk’s attention regarding any issues during the elections.
  11. After voting, leave the poll precinct to give way to the arrival of new voters.

This Monday, feel empowered by the fact that you are casting a vote, not only for yourself, but also for the good of all the Filipinos.


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Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.

He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.

The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.

She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.

The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.

The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.

“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.

Sources:

Politics.com, Inquirer.net

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Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang

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Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.

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  • M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
  • A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
  • T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
  • A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
  • P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
  • A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
  • N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
  • G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.

You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.



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Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more

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If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.

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Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.

Before visiting the page, make sure to do “Disable COOKIES, JAVASCRIPT and POP-UPS from your browser before clicking the link,” Woulfe said.

He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.

As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:

  1. Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
  2. Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
    This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.

“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.

 

Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
  2. Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
  3. Fill in your email address.
  4. Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
  5. Fill in Logs with:
    The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
  6. Click Submit.

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