Poll watchdog: Same problems persist in barangay polls-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
A RANKING official of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said Monday she was saddened by reports from volunteers that candidates in barangay elections employed dirty tricks to be elected.
PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said reports about vote-buying were recorded in Cotabato City, Basilan, Sarangani, Iloilo and Northern Samar. She said P15,000 was spent in each barangay in Catarman, Northern Samar for vote-buying.
Some voters in Metro Manila and other areas also complained of missing names, which may have led to their disenfranchisement while a PPCRV volunteer in Cotabato City was punched by a re-electionist barangay chairman for not heeding calls to leave the polling precinct.
“Overall, I think the election was orderly and peaceful but I was really irked and saddened by these reports of vote-buying, which has become a part of our electoral process,” she told reporters.
PPCRV fielded some 100,000 volunteers nationwide, one-third lower than 370,000 individuals who helped guard the vote in last May’s senatorial elections.
But de Villa did not mind it as volunteers who have relatives gunning for barangay seats are required to take a leave of absence to preserve the organization’s independence.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) served 2,441 individuals nationwide during the elections.
Most of the cases include blood pressure check-up (2,379), abdominal pain (one) and numbness of left and upper extremities (two), said PRC communications officer Edison Enriquez in a text message.
The PRC deployed 28 ambulances and set up 105 first aid stations. It also mobilized 834 staff and volunteers in 194 polling precincts. (Sunnex)