Former cager shares thoughts on yesterday’s manual polls-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
FORMER Philippine Bas-ketball Association (PBA) player Bonel Balingit has been voting in Barangay San Nicolas, Cebu City for the last three elections. He considers the barangay his home since 2007.
Balingit said he preferred yesterday’s manual barangay elections since there were no long lines and he thought it was easier than the automated elections. After all, he only had to jot down the names of candidates on the ballot and drop this in the box.
Apparently, feeding the long ballot to the precinct count optical scan takes some getting used to.
Mayor Michael Rama, who was done voting in less than five minutes at the Guadalupe Elementary School, shared the sentiment.
Balingit pointed out, though, that he had a hard time finding his precinct because there were changes in precinct numbers.
“Gipaningot ko’g pangita sa akong prisinto (I broke out a sweat locating my precinct),” he said.
He said he hopes the Commission on Elections will think twice about where to place polling precincts.
“The polling precincts for senior citizens should be on the ground floor. In this case, it was on the second floor and I saw some elderly having a hard time going up and down the stairs to vote,” Balingit said in Cebuano.
Balingit retired from the PBA in 2002 and settled in Alumnos, Basak San Nicolas, where his wife Josie comes from.
He helps organize games for the PBA Legends, a group of former PBA players who go around the country doing exhibition games.
In light of the earthquake that affected Cebu and Bohol last Oct. 15, Balingit said will organize a fund-raising activity with the PBA Legends.
Initially, the plan is to raise funds in Mindanao where there are no aftershocks.
The money they’ll raise will also help those affected by the fighting between government troops and some members of the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City last September.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 29, 2013.