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1 SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN (PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE FOR THE ENACTMENT OF AN ‘ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY ACT’ VIA REFERENDUM) IMPLEMENTATION MANUAL

2 The Petition The full text of the PETITION is available on line – for downloading and printing – at this link: content/uploads/2013/10/PIC_AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FINAL.pdfhttp://www.kapatiranparty.org/wp- content/uploads/2013/10/PIC_AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FINAL.pdf The PETITION conforms to the prescribed form of the Comelec per minute Resolution No , which among others include: 1.the embodied proposed measure/Prohibition of Political Dynasty Act; and 2.the authorized representatives, who will represent some 5 million required petitioners/voters in future hearings with the Commission or any other court. The SIGNATURE SHEET is available online – for downloading and printing – at this link: SignatureSheet-AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FINAL.pdfhttp://www.kapatiranparty.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PIC- SignatureSheet-AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FINAL.pdf

3 The Proposed Law: The Reference CONSANGUINITY & AFFINITY Chart Public Official/ Candidate X X X X X Prohibition: Relatives within the 2 nd degree of consanguinity and affinity.

4 The Proposed Law: Who are prohibited Public Official/Candidate 1 st Degree Children Parents 2 nd Degree Grand Children Brothers/Sisters Grand Parents including spouses of the prohibited relatives (related by blood) i.e. spouses of Children, Siblings, and Grand children including the same relatives of the public official’s spouse (by affinity) i.e. Parent-in-law, Brother- or Sister-in-law, Grandparent-in-law, and their spouses Spouse Spouse and relatives within the second degree of consanguinity and affinity

5 The Proposed Law: What they are prohibited from Public Official/Candidate 1 st Degree Children Parents 2 nd Degree Grand Children Brothers/Sisters Grand Parents To succeed or replace an incumbent elected official; If the incumbent is an elective barangay official, the spouse and subject relatives are prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the same barangay as well as in all the barangays in municipalities/cities within the same legislative district. If the incumbent is a national elective official, the spouse and the above relatives are likewise prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the national level or in the local level as mayor, governor or district representative in any part of the country. However, the spouse and said relatives may run for vice governor, vice mayor, or any legislative councils at the provincial, city or municipal level. If the incumbent is a governor or district representative, the spouse and the above relatives are also prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the national level. Spouse Persons who are not holding any public office shall likewise be prohibited from running in the same election if their election will result in a political dynasty relationship. If the incumbent is an elective official of the municipality/city, legislative district and/or province, the spouse and subject relatives are prohibited to run for or hold any elective local office simultaneously with the incumbent within the same municipality/city, legislative district and/or province.

6 To exercise the power of initiative or referendum, at least 10% of the total number of the registered voters, of which every legislative district is represented by at least three per centum (3%) of the registered voters thereof, shall sign a petition for the purpose and register the same with the Commission. THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN Primary Requirement

7 ≈ 229 Legislative Districts (LD) LD 1 + LD 2 + LD 3 +….+ LD 229 ≥ 10% of registered voters nationwide where each LD ≥ 3% of voters therein THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN Legislative Districts

8 ≈ 229 Legislative Districts (LD)≈ 86 Archdioceses/Dioceses Various lay organizations X number of Legislative Districts THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN Legislative Districts vis-à-vis Lay Organizations = an Archdiocese or a Diocese

9 The Diocese of Kalibo, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Capiz, comprises the civil province of Aklan. His Excellency MOST REV. JOSE CORAZON T. TALAOC, D.D. Bishop of KaliboBishop’s Residence Bishop of Kalibo Kalibo, 5600 Aklan Telefax. : (036)

10 LONE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

11 1 st Provincial District Altavas15,427 Balete14,583 Banga24,706 Batan19,463 Kalibo (Capital)46,515 Libacao16,626 Madalag10,787 New Washington 24,625 2 nd Provincial District Buruanga12,560 Ibajay26,803 Lezo8,347 Makato16,827 Malay27,201 Malinao14,165 Nabas17,786 Numancia19,027 Tangalan12,409 AKLAN District # of Registered Voters3%10% Target 12% LONE327,8579,83632,786 39,343

12 Archdiocesan or Diocesan JURISDICTION Legislative District #1 Legislative District #2 Legislative District …n City or Mun #1 City or Mun #1 City or Mun #2 City or Mun #2 City or Mun n City or Mun n City or Mun n City or Mun #2 City or Mun #1

13 Legislative District # 1 City or Mun # 1 City or Mun n City or Mun #2 SIGNATURE Stations 1, 2,…,n SIGNATURE Stations 1, 2,…,n SIGNATURE Stations 1, 2,…,n COMELEC Resolution 2300, SEC. 29. Signature stations. – Signature stations may be established by the proponents with the assistance of the Election Registrar in as many places in the municipality as may be warranted. WHY MUNICIPALITY OR CITY? Because Comelec is so structured that the custodian of voters’ records is at the level of city or municipality election officer.

14 Archdiocesan or Diocesan LAY COORDINATOR Legislative District #1 COORDINATOR Legislative District #2 COORDINATOR Legislative District #n COORDINATOR City or Mun #1 COORDINATOR City or Mun #1 COORDINATOR City or Mun #2 COORDINATOR City or Mun #2 COORDINATOR City or Mun #n COORDINATOR City or Mun #n COORDINATOR City or Mun #n COORDINATORR City or Mun #2 COORDINATOR City or Mun #1 COORDINATOR Organizational Structure People’s Initiative by the Lay Faithful PLUS the SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATORS in each City/Municipality

15 What are the 2 primary materials each signature station should have?

16 …… 3 sets*, PETITION in which embodied are the proposed law and signature sheets *- petitioners/voters should sign 3x because two (2) originals will be submitted to Comelec Law Department, one(1) original for own file.

17 Public Official/Candidate 1 st Degree Children Parents 2 nd Degree Grand Children Brothers/Sisters Grand Parents To succeed or replace an incumbent elected official; If the incumbent is an elective barangay official, the spouse and subject relatives are prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the same barangay as well as in all the barangays in municipalities/cities within the same legislative district. If the incumbent is a national elective official, the spouse and the above relatives are likewise prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the national level or in the local level as mayor, governor or district representative in any part of the country. However, the spouse and said relatives may run for vice governor, vice mayor, or any legislative councils at the provincial, city or municipal level. If the incumbent is a governor or district representative, the spouse and the above relatives are also prohibited to run simultaneously for any position in the national level. Spouse Persons who are not holding any public office shall likewise be prohibited from running in the same election if their election will result in a political dynasty relationship. If the incumbent is an elective official of the municipality/city, legislative district and/or province, the spouse and subject relatives are prohibited to run for or hold any elective local office simultaneously with the incumbent within the same municipality/city, legislative district and/or province. Tarpaulin, video and/or leaflets summarizing the proposed law Who are prohibited: Spouse and relatives within the 2 nd degree of consanguinity and affinity and their spouses ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY ACT What are they prohibited from:

18 Transmittal Procedure for Petition, Signature Sheets and Verification SIGNATURE TABLES 1, 2,…,n City or Mun # 1 City or Mun # 2 City or Mun n SIGNATURE TABLES 1, 2,…,n SIGNATURE TABLES 1, 2,…,n Legislative District # 1 Election Officer Diocese Authorized representative COMELECLAWDEPTCOMELECLAWDEPT At least 3%? 3%?3%? 3%?3%? 3%?3%?

19 ARCHDIOCESAN/DIOCESAN LAY COORDINATOR 1. Oversee the briefing process for the signature campaign, organize the signature gathering process for the various legislative districts and appoint the different LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATORS. 2. Provide each LEGISLATIVE DISTRIC COORDINATOR with the ‘number of registered voters per district by municipality/city’ and coordinate with all LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATORS on a regular basis. 3. Confer with the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATORS the progress of signature gathering against the number of registered voters. 4. Terminate the signature gathering process thru the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATORS when AT LEAST the required/target signatures are met. 5. Acknowledge receipt of three (3) originals of the Signature Sheets and two (2) originals of the verification reports from each LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT OFFICER including their soft copy. Reproduce soft copy for own file. 6. Turn over two (2) original Signature Sheets and two (2) originals of the verification reports to the PETITIONERS’ AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES with an acknowledgment receipt. (Transmittal specifics will be arranged /finalized at a later date.) DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

20 LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT LAY COORDINATOR 1. Oversee the briefing process for the signature campaign, organize the signature gathering process for the legislative district and appoint the different MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATORS. 2. Coordinate with the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATORS on a regular basis. 3. Obtain from the ARCHDIOCESAN/DIOCESAN LAY COORDINATOR the number of registered voters in his legislative district by city/municipality; confer with the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATORS to track the overall signatures gathered in the legislative district against the number of registered voters therein. 4. Terminate the signature gathering process thru the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATORS when the required signatures are met. 5. Acknowledge receipt of three (3) originals of the Signature Sheets and two (2) originals of the verification reports from each MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATOR, including the soft copy. Reproduce soft copy for own file 6. Turn over the three (3) original Signature Sheets and two (2) originals of the verification reports to the ARCHDIOCESAN/DIOCESAN LAY COORDINATOR, who must issue an acknowledgment receipt. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

21 Duties and Responsibilities MUNICIPAL/CITY LAY COORDINATOR

22 MUNICIPALITY/CITY LAY COORDINATOR 1. Oversee the briefing process for the signature campaign, establish/organize the needed number of signature stations, appoint SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATORS and inform/coordinate with the Municipality/City Election Officer. 2. Download/print the Petition and Signature Sheet (fill in the boxes on Mun./City, Legislative District, Province), then reproduce/photocopy according to the number and continuing requirements of Signature Stations. 3. Download the printer-ready tarpaulin poster, have the same printed according to the number of Signature Stations. 4. Obtain from the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT LAY COORDINATOR the certified number of registered voters in his/her city/municipality of jurisdiction; track and confer with the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATOR the signatures gathered against target based on the certified number of registered voters. 5. In consultation with LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT LAY COORDINATOR, terminate signature gathering process at any signature station thru the SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATOR. 6. Receive and keep custody of Signature Sheets (in three (3) ORIGINAL sets) turned over by the SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATOR. (CONTINUED…NEXT PAGE) DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

23 MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATOR 7. Photocopy two (2) sets of the Signature Sheets i.e. one set for own file and the other for the Municipal/City Election Officer; 8. Submit one (1) original and one (1) photocopy of Petition/Signature Sheets to the Municipal/City Election Officer; get acknowledgment receipt by the Election Officer stamped on own file photocopy. 9. Coordinate with the Municipal/City Election Officer on the verification process. 10. Obtain two (2) originals of the verification reports of the Election Officer and get back the original Signature Sheets from the Election Officer; make two (2) scanned/soft copy of the Signature Sheets and Verification Reports for the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT LAY COORDINATOR and for own file. 11. Turn over the three (3) original Signature Sheets and two (2) originals of the Verification Reports to the LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COORDINATOR; plus one scanned/soft copy of each.. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

24 A A What are the key roles of a Municipal/City Coordinator? In sequence, the key roles are: 1.To obtain from the Legislative District Coordinator the target number of signatures for the municipality/city. 2.To identify where to set up signature stations within the municipality/city, and to inform and coordinate with the Comelec Election Officer about the Signature Campaign and location of Signature Stations. 3.To appoint and brief Signature Station Coordinators (utilizing this Implementation Manual). 4.To provide the materials needed at signature stations, and monitor the progress of signature gathering through the Signature Station Coordinators. Municipal/City Coordinator

25 A A What is the target number of signatures for the municipality/city? The target number of signatures per municipality/city varies and depends on the number of registered voters, as certified by the COMELEC’s Election Records and Statistics Department. The exact number of target signatures should be obtained from the Legislative District Coordinator. Municipal/City Coordinator

26 A A How many sets of original of the signature sheets and sets of Verification Reports are needed? Three (3) original sets of accomplished signature sheets coming from signature stations, and two (2) sets of Verification Reports by the Election Officer are needed. Municipal/City Coordinator RATIONAL: Three (3) sets of original Signature Sheets are needed for Comelec Manila (2 sets) and for file (1 set). Two (2) sets of original Verification Reports are needed for Comelec Manila (1 set) and for file (1 set).

27 A A How many signature stations are allowed or may be established? COMELEC Resolution 2300, SEC. 29. Signature stations. – Signature stations may be established by the proponents with the assistance of the Election Registrar in as many places in the municipality as may be warranted. Upon identification of the locations of the signature stations, the Municipal/City Election Officer must be formally informed about (1) the subject people’s initiative; (2) the locations of the signature stations, and (3) the date when the signature gathering process will begin. (see sample letter) Once completed, the submission of the signature sheets to the Election Officer for verification. Municipal/City Coordinator

28 (Date of Letter) (Name of Election Officer) Election Officer Commission on Elections (Name of Municipality/City) Legislative District _(#)_ (Name of Province) Dear __________, This refers to a Petition entitled, IN RE: PROPOSAL TO ENACT A NATIONAL LEGISLATION ENTITLED “PROHIBITION OF POLITICAL DYNASTY ACT” THROUGH PEOPLE’S INITIATIVE. In this regard, please be informed that Signature Stations, for the purpose of obtaining the required number of signatures of registered voters for a people’s initiative on the subject petition, will be established in the following locations: (Enumerate locations) The signature gathering process will commence on (date) and continue until such time that our target number of signatures of registered voters, needed to meet the requirement of at least 3% for the legislative district, shall have been obtained, after which the petition along with the signature sheets will be submitted to you for your verification. Yours sincerely, (Name) Municipal/City Coordinator

29 A A What essential materials should I provide at each Signature Station? These are: 1) the full text of the Petition; at least two (2) sets or more depending on need by inquisitive would-be petitioners at the Signature Station; 2) several copies of the Signature Sheet (depending on the target number of petitioners); the names of Municipality/City, Legislative District and Province must already be indicated in the Signature Sheets before sending them to Signature Stations; and 3) the Poster. The Petition The Signature Sheet Poster Municipal/City Coordinator 1) 2) 3)

30 A A When do I terminate the signature gathering process in my municipality/city? After conferring with and obtaining the concurrence of the Legislative District Coordinator based on the number of signatures gathered versus the target number set at the start of the campaign, the signature gathering process in the municipality/city may be terminated. Municipal/City Coordinator

31 A A What should each Signature Station Coordinator submit to me? Each Signature Station Coordinator should submit the three (3) original sets of the Signature Sheets, and you have to acknowledge your receipt of the same on his/her accompanying transmittal letter. Set #1 OriginalSet #2 Original File copy of Signature Station Officer Signature Station Transmittal Letter to the City/Municipal Officer RECEIVED by the Municipal/City Coordinator Municipal/City Coordinator Set #3 Original

32 A A Upon receipt of the Signature Sheets from all Signature Stations in my Municipality/City, what should I do next? 1)Photocopy two (2) sets of the Signature Sheets. 2)Scan copy two (2) sets of the Signature Sheets. 3) Prepare a Transmittal Letter to the Election Officer. Set #1 Photocopy for your File Set #2 Photocopy for the Election Officer Receiving copy of Municipal/City Officer Transmittal Letter RECEIVED by the Election Officer Municipal/City Coordinator + CD + CD

33 A A What should I submit to the Election Officer to commence the verification process? 1.One (1) set ORIGINAL, Petition and Signature Sheets 2.One (1) set PHOTOCOPY, Petition and Signature Sheets 3.Two (2) copies of Transmittal Letter (for your and his/her file) The Petition Signature Sheets Transmittal Letter RECEIVED by the Election Officer Transmittal Letter Municipal/City Coordinator

34 A A What should a sample Transmittal Letter to the Election Officer contain? (Date) (Name) Election Officer Commission on Elections (Name of Municipality/City), Legislative District __(#)__ (Province) Dear _____________, Kindly acknowledge receipt of one (1) original set and one (1) set of photocopy of the Petition and Signature Sheets pertaining to a People’s Initiative to enact a Prohibition of Political Dynasty Act. Each set of signatures consists of ____ sheets/pages and a total of _____ signatures from the Municipality/City of __________, Province of ____________. Per COMELEC Rules, the original set, which we will submit to the COMELEC Law Department in Manila, should be returned to the undersigned after verification. The set of photocopy is to be retained by you for your file. Yours sincerely,Received: (Name of Municipality/City Coordinator)__________________ Municipality/City CoordinatorPrinted Name & Signature Municipal/City Coordinator

35 A A What should I obtain/get back from the Municipality/City Election Officer after the verification process? 1.One (1) set ORIGINAL, Signature Sheets 2.Two (2) sets of the Verification Reports Original Signature Sheets Municipal/City Coordinator Election Officer’s Certification Election Officer’s Consolidated Verification Result Election Officer’s Verification Report >>>

36 Election Officer’s Certification

37 Election Officer’s Consolidated Verification Result

38 Election Officer’s Verification Report

39 A A What should I submit to my LEGISLATIVE DISCTRICT COORDINATOR? 1)Three (3) sets of the Original Signature Sheets 2)Two (2) sets of the Original Verification Reports 3)One (1) scanned copy of the Signature Sheets 4)One (1) scanned copy of the Verification Reports 5)Transmittal Letter to your Legislative District Coordinator. Municipal/City Officer

40 A A What should I keep on file? 1)Photocopy of one (1) set of the Signature Sheets 2)Photocopy of one (1) set of the Verification Reports 3)One (1) scanned copy of the Signature Sheets 4)One (1) scanned copy of the Verification Reports 5)Transmittal Letter marked and signed “Received” by your Legislative District Coordinator. Municipal/City Officer

41 Duties and Responsibilities SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATOR

42 DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES SIGNATURE STATION COORDINATOR 1.Obtain at least three (3) sets of the Petition, several copies of the Signature Sheet, and tarpaulin poster from the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATOR. 2.Ensure availability of other basic materials such as table(s) and pens. 3.Ensure availability of manpower needed to supervise each signature line including the number of signature lines needed to accommodate people, and to guide each petitioner in ascertaining that the petitioner is a registered voter of that city/municipality and that the Signature Sheet is properly accomplished thrice (3x). 4.Keep custody of the Petition and accomplished Signature Sheets in three (3) separate sets for future turnover to the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATOR. 5.Prior to turnover, photocopy one (1) set for record purposes and have the same marked “received” by the MUNICIPALITY/CITY COORDINATOR upon turnover. 6.Regularly coordinate with the MUNICIPALITY/CITY OCOORDINATOR.

43 A A Who heads a signature station and to whom does he/she report? A Signature Station Coordinator heads the signature station. He/She reports to a designated Municipal/City Coordinator. At each Signature Station

44 A A How many originals of the signature sheets are needed? Three (3) originals are needed. This means that each petitioner must sign three (3) times on separate signature sheets. Set #1 OriginalSet #2 Original Three (3) sets are needed for Comelec Manila (2 sets) and for file of Diocesan Coordinator(1 set). Set #3 Original

45 A A Who are eligible to sign as petitioners? Only registered voters in the municipality or city, where the signature station is located, are eligible to sign as petitioners. This is because the Comelec Election Officer of the same municipality or city can verify only the signature of petitioners, who are registered voters within his/her area of jurisdiction. Comelec Election Officers, who are custodians of records of registered voters, are assigned per municipality or city. In major cities with several legislative districts, they are assigned per legislative district. Hence, signature stations and eligible petitioners, in major cities with several legislative districts, are to be delineated by legislative district. At each Signature Station

46 A A Should copies of the full text of the Petition be made available at each signature station? Yes, to provide petitioners the opportunity to read in full the text of the Petition, which, as likewise indicated in the signature sheet, was “read and understood” by the petitioner. Copies of the Petition however are not meant for distribution but only for reading and/or examination at the signature station. Those with interest in having their own copy may be directed to download the material at content/uploads/2013/10/PIC_AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FIN AL.pdf. content/uploads/2013/10/PIC_AntiPoliticalDynastyPetition_FIN AL.pdf The Petition At each Signature Station

47 A A Besides the full text of the Petition, what other information medium can be made available to would-be petitioners at each signature station? A standard poster, 4’ x 8’ or 5’ x 10’, which provides the salient points of the Petition, is recommended posted just behind the signature desk at each signature station. At each Signature Station What is the meaning of this?

48 A A How many signatures am I suppose to obtain? When do I terminate the signature gathering process? Your designated Municipal/City Coordinator will provide you with your target number of signatures/petitioners. You may terminate the signature gathering process at your station after conferring with and obtaining the concurrence of your Municipal/City Coordinator. At each Signature Station

49 A A To whom do I submit the three (3) sets of original of the signature sheets when completed? You will submit the three (3) original sets of accomplished signature sheets to your Municipal/City Coordinator. Rational: The Municipal/City Coordinator will collate all signature sheets coming from various signature stations within the same municipality/city before these are submitted to the Comelec Election Officer for verification. At each Signature Station Set #1 Original Set #2 Original Set #3 Original

50 A A Should I keep a copy on file? Yes. Hence before submitting, you should photocopy one (1) set of the Signature Sheets for your file, and have an accompanying Transmittal Letter signed “Received” by your Municipal/City Officer. At each Signature Station Photocopy of one (1) set Transmittal Letter +

51 A A What should a sample Transmittal Letter contain? (Date) (Name) Municipal/City Coordinator (Municipality/City) (Province) Dear _____________, Kindly acknowledge receipt of three (3) original sets of the Signature Sheets, each set consisting of ____ sheets and a total of _____ signatures, from the Signature Station located at ________________. Yours sincerely,Received: (Printed Name) __________________ Signature Station CoordinatorPrinted Name & Signature At each Signature Station

52 MANDATE TO COMELEC 1.Determine sufficiency of petition within 30 days from its submission and publish the petition in Filipino and English at least twice in newspapers of general and local circulation. 2.Conduct referendum within days from date publication of petition. 3.Set a special registration day at least three (3) weeks before a scheduled initiative or referendum. 4.Count votes. 5. Effect measure (15 days after publication by Comelec).


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