The Sangguniang Pan-lungsod (SP) of Bacolod approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distrito in its recent session, the Minute Resolution of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc, regarding the ratification of the plebiscite on the creation of Barangay Paglaum Village which is set on January 11, 2014.
Thus, the SP endorsed to Mayor Monico Puentevella and the City Treasurer’s Office, to remit P3.6 million to COMELEC, which will be used in the conduct of the plebiscite.
By Clauden Mae Genanda
Tension gripped the Commission on Election (COMELEC) Bacolod office yesterday morning when several court-disqualified voters from some barangays trooped to the office yesterday at the Bacolod BAYS Center area.
The voters could not accept that their names were excluded in the list of the COMELEC to vote in yesterday’s barangay election.
Emmanuel Alagao, one of the complainants blamed the COMELEC for not informing them that their names were already excluded in the list adding that it is the obligation of the COMELEC to announce.
Provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday warned poll violators that they will be dealt with accordingly, as the campaign period for the Oct. 28 barangay elections starts today, Oct. 18, and will extend until Oct. 26.
Suarez said candidates and local officials must abide with the regulations set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to avoid election offense charges.
"Don’t test us," he said sternly, addressing poll violators.
The barangay polls should be "nonpartisan" thus no public official should endorse any candidate, he stressed.
Atty. Jessie Suarez, provincial Comelec supervisor here warned candidates for the slated October 28, 2013 barangay election not to engage in premature campaign, otherwise face possible disqualification.
"Do not test us," Suarez sternly said during a press conference after the Joint Peace and Security Control Center (JPSCC) conference held at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) together with Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Brigade commander and NOPPO provincial director, Sr. Supt. Milko Lirazan including police and army unit commanders in the province.
Suarez said that Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes is very strict and Comelec personnel are under orders to monitor comprehensively the conduct of barangay elections.
He added that candidates are prohibited to hang posters and other campaign paraphernalia if they have already filed their certificate of candidacy.
"This is only allowed once the campaign period officially starts," Suarez stressed.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec), in effect, has two regional directors with the recent designation of Atty. Remlani Tambuang, but with the current regional director, Atty. Dennis Ausan, still remaining in his post.
Tambuang, interviewed by Capitol reporters yesterday, said he was assigned by Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes as the regional director for Western Visayas, replacing Ausan, effective Oct. 1.
But Ausan said, "I did not take a leave, I was not relieved and I am still functioning my mandated functions."
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will file charges against barangay officials who fail to allocate the required budget as its share in expenses in the conduct of the barangay elections on Oct. 28, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said.
Comelec Resolution No. 9739 requires all local government units (LGUs) to allocate not less than P10,000 and not more than 10 percent of the barangay’s general funds originally intended for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election, he said.
Of the 601 barangays in Negros, excluding Bacolod, 30 of are classified by the military as "areas of concern" related to the barangay elections on Oct. 28, and not 300 as earlier reported by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), and Bacolod City has five barangays.
Col. Jon Aying, left, commander of the 303rd Brigade, Atty. Jessie Suarez, COMELEC provincial supervisor and Sr. Supt. Milko Lirazan, NOPPO director show their commitment to ensure a peaceful and orderly Oct. 28 polls.*
Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia, clarified the report of the Comelec to the Regional Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center meeting in Iloilo Thursday last week, which said there are 300 barangays in Negros Occidental tagged as "areas of concern."
At least 90 hinterland barangays in Negros Occidental have been identified by the military as "election hotspots" in relation to the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Oct. 28.
Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said they consider these barangays "hotspot areas" because of the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA) there.
Most of the 90 barangays are located in the 1st, 5th and 6th districts, with less than one-third of the number considered highly-affected by the NPA rebels, he said.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has started printing the official ballots for the barangay elections, amid calls to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October.
Comelec Commissioner Luie Guia said over the weekend that the National Printing Office has already printed about 2.5 million ballots in the past three days.
The Comelec expects the printing of 52 million ballots to be completed within 28 days or in a month’s time, he said.
The number of Sangguniang Kabataan voters in Negros Occidental for the SK Elections in October has ballooned to 50.6 percent, Provincial Comelec records show.
From 66,472 registered voters in the October 2010 elections, the number of SK voters now went up to 100,166, or an increase of 33,694 voters.
Even provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez was surprised at the unusually high turnout of SK voters.
Suarez said the Comelec expects only between 10 to 15-percent increase in the registration of voters, both SK and regular voters.