Gray area

THE anti-dynasty provision of Republic Act 10742 or the SangguniangKabataan Reform Act of 2015 is seen to cause some confusion and even election protests after the barangay and SK polls on May 14, 2018.

Some political families and observers said the provision is a gray area of sorts.

RA 10742 stipulates that SK candidates must not be related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal or barangay officials in the locality where she or he seeks to be elected.

Elections officials said candidates in the SK polls would be prohibited to run for office if he or she has a spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, parents-in-law, siblings-in-law, grandparents-in-law, and grandchildren-in-law that are elected officials.

With the Commission on Elections having limited personnel, checking the background of candidates would be a challenge.

As such, Comelec spokesperson James Arthur Jimenez said that vigilance is still key to enforcing the anti-dynasty provisions of the SK Reform Law.

“If anybody knows that they have relatives or family members elected, there is no stopping them from questioning the eligibility of a candidate. I think it would be better if anyone knew of any ineligibility to bring it to life,” Jimenez said in a news report by The Manila Standard.

Since the Comelec cannot attend to protests during the filing of the certificates of candidacy, which is purely ministerial, expect election protests to flood after the polls.

Candidates must take note that they will declare under oath that they are “not related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official, in the locality where he or she seeks to be elected.”

Violating that provision of the COC will open a candidate to a case of perjury and an election offense for submitting a false or spurious COC.

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The contractor of the Strata building on Diversion Road, Mandurriao has a lot of explaining to do for the latest incident involving motorists.

Glass panels that were supposed to be installed on the new building fell on two cars passing by the service road of the busy highway. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

But the contractor should not wait for anybody to get hurt before it corrects its safety procedures if needed. Right now, the management guys of SM are scratching their head because of incidents which put in question the safety practices of the contractor. Right now, the building is still the lookout of the contractor.

I will not be surprised if the same problem is present in other construction projects in the city. We’re calling out the Department of Labor and Employment, City Engineer’s Office and other concerned offices.

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