Bacolod City Councilor Jose Carlos Lopez has set the plebiscite of Barangay Paglaum on July 26, 2013 which was noted by the Commission on Elections en banc through Resolution No. 13-0096 dated January 22, 2013.
Anent this, the counsel for the petitioners of Barangay Paglaum reiterated their appeal to the Commission on Elections to make the conduct of the plebiscite of Barangay Paglaum a reality.
Sixty-eight defective Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS )
machines were monitored by the Commission on Elections in Negros Occidental during the national and local elections yesterday.
Aside from the defective PCOS machines, four Compact Flash (CF) cards and 64 back-up CF cards also have defects, based on the report of Provincial PCOS supervisor Jose Leo Redoblo last night.
Of the 68 problematic PCOS machines, 14 are in San Carlos City, eight in Calatrava and seven each in Ilog and Silay. There are three defective PCOS machines each in Escalante, E.B. Magalona and Cauayan; two each in Don Salvador Benedicto, Toboso, Isabela, and Himamaylan City; and one each in Manapla, Sagay City, Talisay, Victorias, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Hinigaran, La Castellana, and Candoni.
Local police, army Special Forces and Regional Public Safety Battalion are heavily guarding Precincts Count Optical Scan (PCOS) and official ballots in each Local Government Units (LGUs) here in Negros Occidental.
In Escalante City, one of the three hot spots identified by COMELEC for intense political rivalry is heavily guarded by local police headed by Supt. Jefferson T. Descallar, OIC police chief now stored at the city’s Treasurer Office after it arrives Thursday. Descallar said, they are guarding the perimeter round-the-clock or for 24 hours. In the difficult areas, Army Special Forces and RPSB police will augment them during the transport of PCOS and official ballots before and after the election on May 13.
The final testing and sealing (FTS) of 2,044 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines all over Negros Occidental will be held simultaneously today starting at 9 a.m., Provincial Elections Supervisor Wil Arceño said yesterday.
Watchers of various political groups and candidates will be present during the provincewide FTS, he said.
All the 2,044 PCOS machines were delivered to the respective Comelec offices of the 31 towns and cities last Wednesday, and to voting precincts in Bacolod yesterday, Arceño said.
Attorney Jose Meno Ruiz, acting election officer in Silay City, gave notice to the public that a total of 89 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were delivered at Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City morning of May 8, 2013.
The 89 PCOS machines that will be put in every clustered precinct, plus the one contingency PCOS that will be placed at the board of canvassing, were stored and locked at exactly 11 a.m. at the civic center.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved in yesterday’s session the resolution of Councilor Em Ang, chairman, committee on social services, and committee on gender and development, is urging the Commission on Elections (COMELEC0 to establish precincts assigned to accessible polling places exclusively for persons with disability (PWD), during the conduct of elections on May 13, 2013.
Ang’s resolution is relative to RA 10366 signed into law by Pres. Benigno Aquino III, which mandates theestablishment of separate polling places intended for PWD and senior citizens, andthese voting centers must have devices and personnel that will assist PWDs and senior citizens.
The law provides that the PWDs and senior citizens will be assisted in fillingthe ballot by their relatives, either by consanguinity or affinity, within the fourth civil degreee, or by the Board of Election Inspectors.
Department of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will conduct a thorough probe on plans to sow terroristic activities in the upcoming May 2013 Elections. In a Memorandum dated April 8, 2013, NBI Director Atty. Nonatus Caesar R. Rojas ordered the investigation relative to documents that showed plans of ensuring the victory of a candidate for the congressional seat in Bacolod City. Said plan includes top-ranking police officers in the City, specifically P/Supt. Santiago Rapiz.
This action of the NBI is supported by DOJ Sec. De Lima when she also ordered the NBI to investigate the prevalence of illegal numbers game and the evil plans for the upcoming May 13 elections. DOJ Sec. De Lima highlighted the urgency of the matter and ordered the NBI "you are hereby directed to conduct a preliminary probe into these serious allegations." The evil plotters in Bacolod City should be aware that the national government will he around to monitor their movements and they should not proceed with implementing their evil plans. Bacolodnons should also be vigilant in guarding their votes because certain candidates will do anything just to win and keep themselves out of jail because of all their pending cases.
Bacolod City Lone District Representative, Congressman Anthony Rolando "Doc Tony" T. Golez, Jr. sent a letter request to COMELEC Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes, strongly urging the latter to order that the canvassing in the May 13, 2013 Elections be conducted at the Bacolod Bays Center. The Bacolod COMELEC Office recently ordered that the canvassing be held at the New Government Center. Cong. Doc Tony’s grounds for his request is the fact that there is already a taint of bias in favor of incumbent Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia, since the latter has allocated millions of pesos in favor of the Bacolod COMELEC Office.
"To have a fair election, the COMELEC should not only act fairly but they should also appear to be fair. The transfer of the canvassing from the open to the public, Bays Center, to the small Session Hall in the NGC, the nerve center of the anomaly-ridden administration of Bing Leonardia, does not make the actuations of the COMELEC appear fair. There is no plausible justification in transferring the canvassing, unless they are already so callous that they have lost all sense of decency. The Bacolodnons should step up to the plate and exert effort in guarding their future and not lose hope for having a better Bacolod City," added Cong. Doc Tony.
With seven days to go before the anticipated 2013 Midterm elections, the Commission on Election (COMELEC) here reminds voters that the voting period will start from 7AM until 7PM on May 13.
Election Officer Lawyer Revo Sorbito who represented COMELEC during the regular meeting of the Negros Association of Government Information Officers and Liaisons (NAGIOL) sought the help of the information officers to help remind their respective constituents of the voting period.
Sorbito said that although the voting process will be declared closed by 7PM of May 13, voters within the 30-meter radius of the precinct will be accommodated and will be able to cast their votes.
Voters within the 30-meter radius of the precinct will be asked to make a line, their names will be listed, and they will then be accommodated inside of their precincts until everyone in the line has voted.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office in Negros Occidental is requesting for "contingency" Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines from Manila to be used in each of the 32 local government units (LGU) here.
Provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceño yesterday said he has requested for extra PCOS machines - two for each city and town - but the Comelec Manila might give only one machine for each LGU.
All the 2,044 PCOS machines for Negros Occidental have been shipped here, and are now stored in a secure warehouse in Bacolod.
The final testing and sealing of the PCOS machines will be on May 10, he said.