FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- What are the steps for me to participate in this People’s Initiative? STEP 1: PRINT & READ. Print in two (2) copies. Read and understand the petition and the proposed people’s franchise.
- What is a “People’s Initiative” and what’s the basis for the exercise of one? “People’s Initiative” refers to the power of the people granted by the 1987 Philippine Constitution to amend the Constitution itself, or directly propose and enact laws. The law governing people’s initiatives is R.A. 6735 or “The Initiative and Referendum Act” and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 10650.
- How many signatures do we need for a people’s initiative petition? We need at least 10% of all registered voters, AND at least 3% of all registered voters in every legislative district to sign the petition.
- What is the process to enact a law through the People's Initiative? There are eight simple stages:
- Who is qualified to sign the Petition? The power of initiative may be exercised by registered voters of the country. Only the signatures of these registered voters may be honored. COMELEC has announced that voter registration will be re-opened starting 01 September 2020. If you are not yet registered today, but will be registered at the time of signing, you are qualified to sign the Petition.
- After I sign the Petition, can I ask another person to sign the Petition as well? Yes. To prepare for an orderly verification process, please ensure that the person who signs in the same sheet after you also lives in the same municipality and is a registered in the same legislative district.
- What if I am not a registered voter? You can still be a part of PIRMA Kapamilya and support in other ways! You can help gather signatures, educate your neighbors and friends about the process, and many others. When you get the chance and COMELEC opens registration, do get yourself registered.
- As far as I know, I am a registered voter. But I did not find my name in the voters’ list in the recently concluded midterm elections. Will my signature be counted? No, unless you verify with COMELEC that you are in fact in the voters' list, or you have registered after the 2019 elections. To be sure, you can go to your local COMELEC office to check the status of your registration.
- Can the people sign digitally? Yes. As a general rule, digital signatures are accepted and as binding and admissible as signatures by hand. This is provided in R.A. 8792 or "The Electronic Commerce Act" and the Supreme Court's Rules on Electronic Evidence. Digital signing can be done via public key infrastructure (see DICT's PKI service at https://dict.gov.ph/pnpki/) or other acceptable technologies (see Filipino start-up https://twala.io). Once digitally signed, you can send us by email a copy of the document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Can an OFW, who is currently not in the Philippines, sign the Petition? Yes. COMELEC Resolution No. 10650 defines "registered voters" as "qualified voters who have been in the permanent list of voters in a precinct of the city or municipality where they reside, per the data used in the immediately preceding elections, excluding those whose registrations have been deactivated." Registered voters abroad are included for purposes of signing the petition as long as they qualify.
- Can the Petition be signed by a registered voter’s authorized representative? No. In the case of Lambino v. COMELEC, The Supreme Court said that the people must author and sign the entire proposal. This means that no agent or representative can sign on the people’s behalf. Note that the people are signing as petitioners.
- What does “signing” the petition mean? Anybody who signs the petition is deemed to have read and understood it, including the proposition and the full text of the proposed legislation before they signed, signifying their assent.
- Will the signatures be verified? Yes. The Election Registrar will verify the signatures based on the registry list of voters, voters’ affidavits, and voters’ identification cards used in the most recent election.
- Does ABS-CBN automatically get their franchise back once the required signatures are obtained? No. The gathering of signatures is just one stage in the process. Reaching the required number of signatures leads to the plebiscite to be conducted by COMELEC. It is in the plebiscite that the people will vote for the approval or rejection of the proposed grant of franchise to ABS-CBN.
- How many votes are needed in the plebiscite? The proposition for the enactment of a national law must be submitted to and approved by a majority of the votes cast by all the registered voters in the plebiscite in order to become effective.
- When does the law, once approved, become effective? After COMELEC certifies that the proposition is approved by a majority of the votes cast, the proposed law will become effective 15 days after the completion of its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines.
STEP 2: PIRMA. Affix your signature on the form and supply the needed details. Your signature should match your specimen signature with COMELEC records.
STEP 3: PASA. Submit and pass the two (2) signed copies to the PIRMA Kapamilya contacts in your legislative district. Kindly wait for further details on where you can send the signed forms.
STEP 4: POST. Take a photo of you signing or with a pen on your fist placed on your chest. Share this photo on your social media channels. Use the hashtags #PIRMAKapamilya #IbalikAngABSCBN.
First, we draft the petition.
Second, we gather your signatures.
Third, we file the petition and signatures with COMELEC.
Fourth, COMELEC verifies the signatures. Fifth, COMELEC conducts a plebiscite (when people vote on the proposed law) Sixth, COMELEC certifies the results.
Seventh, the law is published.
Eighth, The law becomes effective.