Barangay official finds respite in poll ban-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
INABANGA, Bohol — Anonang Barangay Captain Felix Caray has been helping constituents who were affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October 15. This has kept him away from his family.
“Tungod sa ka-busy nako, nabiyaan nako ang pamilya (I’ve neglected my family because I’ve been too busy),” he told Sun.Star Cebu over the phone.
The devastation brought about by the earthquake in the province forced the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to move the barangay elections in Bohol from tomorrow to Nov. 25.
The Comelec also issued a resolution that bans barangay officials seeking office from distributing relief goods.
Caray, who is seeking a fresh term against Marcelo Sobretodo, welcomed the resolution.
“Nindot na nga resolution aron makapahuway ko (At least I’ll be able to get some rest),” he said.
The election period in Bohol started yesterday.
According to Comelec Resolution 9804, “all releases in relation to the relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Province of Bohol, normally or usually coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development and any other office/department of the government performing similar functions shall be turned over to, and administered and disbursed by, the Philippine National Red Cross.”
Caray said some of his constituents accused him of not giving them enough rice and food.
The government, he said, only distributed relief goods thrice in the past days. It’s a good thing private groups are there to pick up the slack, he said.
Caray added that he is not afraid of losing next month, saying he has served his constituents honestly.
Anonang is a mountain barangay, which is around eight kilometers from Barangay Poblacion.
Feeding the hungry
A new fault was discovered in the area by a team from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
“The fault seen very well exposed in Barangay Anonang, Inabanga is most likely to have been responsible for the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol,” according to the initial assessment of the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences.
For Barangay Councilor Angelyn Carupo of Barangay Caimbang, San Isidro, she said she will abide by the Comelec resolution, but it won’t stop her from using her own money to help victims.
“Kon unsay naa sa akong kusina akong ihatag (Everyone is welcome to whatever’s in my kitchen),” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.