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Leyte-Samar DAILY EXPRESS website: VOL. XXV NO. XXXII Partial and Official Result for Tacloban mayoralty race (as of 9:25 PM ) Romualdez, A. - 13, 929 Noel, F. - 11, 229 POSITIVE  FAIR  FREEAdvertising: e-mail: Editorial - TUESDAY MAY 14, 2013 P10.00 IN TACLOBAN Massive vote-buying noted in Tacloban BY DAYDEE A. CAIRO TACLOBAN CITYAmid accusations of massive and rampant vote-buying, a former city official claimed that “the recent electoral exercise was the dirtiest and most expensive so far” in this city. This came after he learned that vote-buying was noted to reach up to the “third wave” with the actual payment done house-to-house and in front of the polling centers during the Election Day. Taclobanon were shaken over the blatant show of cal- lousness on the part of the opposition whose people were caught on cameras distributing cash and packed food right in front of temporary headquarters in the vicinity of the schools around Tacloban. The city has never experienced this kind of electoral exercise where the people waited until after receiving up to P3,000 for their 12-0 votes, promised to them after voting. Monitoring teams, however noted that despite the massive buying and selling activities, majority of the polling places were orderly and peaceful; even after a radio station in Manila announced that Mayor Alfred Romualdez to page 7 Comelec-8 encounters no major hitches during May 13 polls TACLOBAN CITY- With no major hitches encountered as of morning of the balloting, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here in the region declared the elections as “generally peaceful.” This early, lawyer Vironico Petalcorin, Comelec acting regional director, said that the conduct of elections across the region was successful as no major problem was encountered especially on the functionality of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines. He is giving credit to the full cooperation of both the PhilAll Vote In. Tacloban City incumbent MayorMayor Alfred Alfred S. Romualdez together with with his The Romualdezes, Tacloban City incumbent S. Romualdez together ippine National Police and the wife,Coucnilor Cristina G. Romualdez and incumbent 1st Leyte district Ferdinand First Lady Cristina G. Romualdez and incumbent 1st Leyte District Cong.Rep. Ferdinand Philippine Army for having a Martin G. Romualdez casted their votes separately at San Jose Elementary School and peaceful conduct of balloting. Martin G. Romualdez casted their votes separatelySchool at SanatJose Elementary School and Doña Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Elementary Tolosa, Leyte. (PHOTOS BY: Here in Tacloban, city elecTIMOTHY CANES Trinidad & VER NOVENO / GAY B.Elementary GASPAY) Doña Remedios Romualdez School at Tolosa, Leyte. (Photos by: tions officer Karin Cajipo said that she has received at least two PCOS machines which stopped to function but were eventually fixed by the assigned technicians. Cajipo also said that 26 official ballots intended for Cabanatuan City were discovered to have been inadvertently shipped to Tacloban and found their way to a polling precinct at Barangay 83-C at San Jose Elementary School. “We have no idea why these ballots were shipped here in Tacloban. But we have already set aside these ballots and now under our care,” Cajipo said. She said that these ballots would not be used for Tacloto page 7

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