THE city mayor wants to put to “good use” the television commentary program he runs for the voters’ education campaign of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the coming May elections.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said all candidates are already barred from appearing in television programs like "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa" by March 26.

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“What I proposed to do as a contribution by the City Government, is maybe i-turnover nato ang programa sa Comelec kining atong programa so that Comelec can utilize the airtime to educate the people. We surrender the airtime to the Comelec para tabangan ang mga tao (to help the people understand)," Duterte said.

The mayor admitted apprehension on the delay of the voters’ education campaign of the Comelec, which should have started in December 2009. This has yet to be implemented, he said.

“Your fear is my fear. Naa koy misgivings actually pero hasta ko wala ko kabalo unsay buhaton didto eh (I have my misgivings but I myself do not know what to do about it). I'm dumbfounded why until now wala gyud extensive training sa mga tao kung unsaon na (there has been no extensive training on how to go about the automated elections).”

According to Duterte, it is important for the millions of voters to be fully educated of how to the automated elections work. Otherwise, he warned, there will be massive failure of elections nationwide.

“Either you spend more to educate the people or face a failure of election. Failure of election is not a choice really, then mandatory education must come in,” Duterte said.

The latest survey of the Social Weather Stations showed that half of Filipino adults in the country believe that a failure of elections this May would trigger another bloodless revolt.

The survey, conducted last October 24 to 27, showed that 49 percent of Filipinos agree while 22 percent disagree with the statement: "If the 2010 elections fail for any reason, example: malfunctioning of counting machines, then people power will probably happen already."

A total of 26 percent of 1,200 respondents interviewed in the survey neither agree nor disagree with the statement.