Tension arise in Comelec-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
TENSION arose at the Bacolod Commission on Elections (Comelec) office Monday morning when 26 voters went to the Comelec after they were not allowed to cast their votes in Barangay 38, Bacolod City.
Comelec officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said the 26 voters were complaining why they were not allowed to vote in Barangay 38 even though their names were still in the voters’ lists.
The 26 complainants uttered some words against the Comelec personnel and showed disrespect to them. The complainants claimed why they were not informed by the Comelec that they were already excluded from the voters’ lists.
The Comelec immediately called police assistance in Police Station 1 to secure the area.
But Majarucon-Sia explained that the said persons were excluded from the voters’ lists because of the court order issued by MTCC Branch 6.
She cited the said persons were facing petition for exclusion charges and some of them have also attended the court hearing. During the process, they failed to convince the court that they are residents of Barangay 38, so the court issued a decision excluding them from the list of registered voters, Majarucon-Sia said.
Majarucon-Sia said they also annotate to the voters lists that they were excluded by court order.
She said it’s an obligation of the court to inform them that they were excluded from the voters’ lists, “it’s not our obligation to notify them.”
Meanwhile, the Comelec officer also said she receives reports from the concerned citizen on Monday that there were some tents near the polling centers in Barangay Singcang-Airport.
Before the election day, Majarucon-Sia said she already directed the barangay officials to remove all the election materials posted in front of the polling precincts and to remove the tents, temporary structures, and headquarters near the polling centers.
She said the barangay officials also promised them that they will remove the said structures.
Majarucon-Sia said they will review for the filing of case against the candidates for the defiance of the order of the Comelec.
An incumbent chairman of Barangay 16, Bacolod City also filed a complaint against his political opponent for violation the Omnibus Election Code Sunday evening.
Police Station 1 commander Lester Leada said Nelson Ligaya Jr., candidate for barangay captain in Barangay 16, filed a complaint against his opponent Freddie Pablico for allegedly distributing money to the residents of said barangay.
Ligaya said that around 11:35 p.m., he received information that there was a group of men on board in color silver pick-up and were distributing money in said barangay.
He said when he tried to check, he saw a group of men near the vehicles holding bags, but the unidentified persons immediately fled on board in pick-up.
Ligaya also followed the vehicle until he cornered them at Purok Punay, Barangay 16. The residents in the area also stopped the pick-up, and called for police assistance.
Ligaya said the group were distributing P1,000 in cash with a piece of paper where the names of the candidates were printed.
Leada said when they checked the vehicle, they failed to recover any evidence against the opponent of Ligaya.
He said they will wait the decision of the complainant if he will file a case against his opponent.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 29, 2013.