PIA News Service - Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Comelec: October 25 SK and Barangay Elections, critical

BUTUAN CITY -The PNP should prepare to address whatever election-related incidents will take place, this was the reminder of Comelec Regional Director Atty. Francisco Pobe in his speech during the traditional Monday flag raising ceremony at Camp Rafael Rodriguez in Libertad on October 11, 2010.

“The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections is expected to be a heated one compared to the May 2010 polls, as politicians take this as a prelude to the 2013 national and local elections,” stressed Atty. Pobe.

Check points and security preparations should be strengthened because according to Atty. Pobe, candidates are critical with obsession running high and rivalry would therefore be more intense and personal.

Police Caraga were mandated to also be on the look out 24/7 and foresee poll-related violent incidents as they expect vote buying and massive cheating as Comelec revert to manual voting system.

The Comelec Regional Office have exposed a kind of political maneuverings made by parents of Sangguniang Kabataan candidates exposing the youth early to dirty politics.

With three days left before campaign period starts on October 14, the Comelec Regional Director ordered for a strict implementation of check points and enforce total gun ban to curb violence and secure the political exercise.

However, these checkpoints should be established in well-lit areas, must have a signboard and to always take into consideration the human rights aspect of the public, observed strictly the plain view doctrine and to extend tolerance to show that the PNP are pro people and pro constitution. 

For matter of information, Director Pobe announced in a resolution released recently that the Comelec has approved the granting of security personnel to any candidate for elective baangay and sangguniang kabataan position but they shall apply for the employment of security personnel and pay a corresponding fee of 1,000 pesos.

The official appealed to police Caraga and to the leadership of Police Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal to be communication conscious to attain quick response in all activity during election period, not to be complacent, to constantly coordinate with the Board of Election Tellers and should be the catalysts for change and improvement in the interest of the young generation to come as a legacy for the future of providing a good governance and responsibility to the newly elected barangay officials.

Quoting then Health Secretary Juan Flavier’s words Comelec Regional Director Francisco Pobe ended his message by saying, “Maraming nadisgrasya sa maling akala, so let’s do it!,”

All stakeholders must not take all things for granted belittling the SK and Barangay election.
(Jocelyn E. Morano, Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Caraga)