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THECOPSSAYS: IT’SASUCCESS.. ANDPEACEFUL ByDANIELSTAANA MANILA, Philippines—The Manila police on Monday declared that the barangay (village) elections in the city as generally peaceful despite a minor incident involving two brothers. Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo, MPD

spokesman, said that except for a fist fight between the siblings, no other untoward incident happened within the area of MPD’s jurisdiction as of posting time. The fight, he said, was a result of a heated argument between the brothers. The incident caught the attention of voters and

security officers, but said that the area wasn’t at a polling place. He earlier said they deployed enough police officers to man assistance desks in every polling place in Manila. He said they also conducted check points in different parts of the city since Sunday evening as bar examinations were also TeamK whenthey held. werefiling “The number of voters in a particular theircandi- polling place was among the basis of the dacy number of police officers deployed in a specific area,” Margarejo said. Several elders interviewed, meanwhile, said they had a hard time going up the stairs to get to their assigned precinct. Juana Cecilio, 80, of Barangay 51 2, said she experienced chest pains for having to climb the stairs. “Akala ko sa baba kasi, senior citizen ako. Pero umakyat na lang ako,” she said. THEonlysignthattheOLWSun-backedslateof candidatesareaheadagainstTeamTatakSerbisyo (asof5:42PM)


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ByDANIELSTAANA

Malacanang on Sunday assured the public that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and other agencies are prepared for the barangay elections Monday. “Ganap ang kahandaan ng Comelec at lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan para pangasiwaan ang malinis, maayos, at mapayapang halalan sa buong kapuluan,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma said on radio dzRH. “Kinikilala natin ang mahalagang tungkulin ng ginagampanan ng mga gurong bumubuo ng Board of Election Inspectors na mangangasiwa sa maayos na daloy ng pagboto sa bawat isang presinto, at ng mga mamamayang bumubuo ng mga citizens’ arms na kaagapay din ng Comelec sa pagtiyak ng maayos na proseso ng halalan,” he added. A total of 94,1 24 candidates are running for barangay captain, while some 71 5,01 2 are running for positions in the barangay council. “Nananawagan po ang ating Pangulo sa sambayanan: Bumoto po tayo nang maaga at tiyakin

nating ang halalang pambarangay ay magpapatatag sa ating pagpupunyaging pairalin ang mabuting pamamahala sa ating bansa,” Coloma said. President Benigno Aquino III will be going to Tarlac early Monday to vote. “Sasabay po siya doon sa maagang pagtungo sa presinto,” Coloma said. The voting period starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Monday. A liquor ban is already in effect and will be in place until 1 1 :59 p.m. on Monday. A gun ban has been in effect since September 28. Coloma reminded voters that Monday’s election will be done manually, and advised the public to bring a list of their candidates to the polling precinct. “Dapat po ay bago pa tayo magtungo sa polling place natin ay handa na ‘yung ating listahan ng mga napupusuang iboboto, dahil kailangang isulat ang bawat pangalan doon sa balota,” he said. Out of 42,200 barangays, 6,1 95 have been identified as “areas of concern” by the Philippine National Police, although Coloma said the Palace is confident that the PNP can handle the situation on

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Satisfactory

The run of today's election is not what we have expected. Vote buying and reports of violence are coming in our offices all while Chairman Sixto Brilliantes is saying that he liked the run of today’s happenings. We observed through our poll watchers and they have been saying that the decorum of the people is orderly, calm even though sometimes some outbursts of violence happen. But reports of vote buying, killings and the like is just dire.

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the ground. “Ganap ang kahandaan ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at mataas po an gaming kumpyansa na ang Philippine National Police ay magagampanan din ang kanilang tungkulin bilang deputized law enforcer para sa maayos pagsasagawa ng halalan,” he said. Meanwhile, the Comelec on Sunday also gave their final reminders ahead of the polls. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez reminded voters to bring a valid ID and to refrain from taking pictures of their ballot after voting. The Comelec is expecting an 80% voter turnout, or over 43 million of the 53 million registered voters.

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INCIDENTS

9.00 Molotov bomb exploded early morning yesterday at Don Mariano Marcos Elem School and Isaac Ablayan Elem School in Davao Del Sur 9.00 Incident of ballot box snatching monitored in Brgy Bukut-Umus TabuanLasa Basilan 1 0.00 Remember voting ends at 3:00 pm later, NOT 5:00 pm. Expect no extension : that was the message of Mr Brillantes to voters via Twitter


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Mga suliranin ngayong araw

Hirap na pagtunton sa presinto, ballot snatching, kalbaryo ng ilang persons with disability (PWDs) at senior citizens at karahasan ang ilan sa mga reklamong sumalubong ngayong araw ng Halalang Pambarangay. Karahasan Sa panayam ng DZMM, sinabi ni Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Chairperson Henrietta De Villa na may report mula Maguindanao na may isa silang volunteer na sinuntok ng barangay official. Sa report naman ng DZMM correspondent, isang botante na patungo sana ng presinto ang nasawi matapos tambangan sa Toboso, Negros Occi-dental, alas6:00 ng umaga. Tinutugis na ang apat hanggang limang suspek na sakay ng motorsiklo. Sa Anibongon, Jaro, Leyte, patay naman ang mister ng isang reelectionist barangay captain. Binaril umano ito ng asawa ng katunggali ng re-electionist. Sa patuloy na monitoring ng Comelec, kabuuang 1 3 insidente na ng karahasan ang kanilang natatanggap simula pa kagabi. Kabilang dito ang panununog sa apat na klasrum sa Maguindanao, pananambang sa isang election officer sa Masbate na posibleng dahil sa New People's Army (NPA), kaso ng ballot snatching at pamamaril sa North Cotabato. Sa impormasyon mula sa PNPRegion 1 2, nagkagulo ang mga bo-

ard of election teller sa Midsayap, Cotabato matapos paputukan ng armadong grupo ang bahay ng isang kandidato sa pagka-kapitan sa lugar. Wala namang nasaktan. Ballot snatching May naitala ring ballot snatching ngayong araw ng halalan, partikular sa Barangay Bukut-Umus Tabuan-Lasa sa Basilan at Barangay San Antonio, Catubig sa Northern Samar. Sinabi naman na ni Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes na maaaring gumamit ng improvised ballots basta't may pirma ng mga board of election teller (BET). Late delivery Sa Calayan, Cagayan naman, naantala ang halalan dahil nahuli ang dating ng mga election paraphernalia. Hindi nakaalis kahapon ang barkong may lulan sa mga balota at iba pang gamit mula Aparri dahil sa masamang pana-hon at malalaking alon. Nakarating naman ito bago magtanghali kaya natuloy din ang eleksyon. Pero sa Vinzons, Camarines Norte, hindi pa rin dumarating ang mga election materials dahil din sa masamang panahon. Sinabi ni Brillantes, maaari namang isagawa bukas ang botohan doon. Hirap ng mga matatanda at may kapansanan Ilang matatanda at may kapansanan naman ang nahirapan sa

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pagboto bagama't una nang tiniyak ng Comelec na magkakaroon ng special polling centers at courtesy lanes. Sa Barangay Pineda sa Pasig, umakyat pa sa ikatlong palapag ng paaralan ang 45-anyos na nakasaklay na si Bernie Cruz para makaboto sa kanyang presinto. Mungkahi niya, sana sa ibaba na lamang itinalaga ang kanilang polling center. Wala sa listahan Inilapit naman ni De Villa ang naging karanasan sa pagboto sa Barangay Mariana, Quezon City. Anya, "Nakakalungkot kasi mayroon akong nakasabay na botante. Nahanap naman ang kanyang pangalan sa voters assistance desk ng PPCRV pero nung pumasok siya para tingnan sa listahan ng Comelec, hindi nakita ang pangalan niya." Galing umano ang listahan ng PPCRV sa election officer. "Tinanong ko kay James Jimenez (Comelec spokesman) bakit nangyayari ito na iba-iba? Kasi nga raw, 'yan ang problema, hindi pa nagtutugma ang computerized voters list na nanggagaling sa EO sa election day computerized voters list na nanggaling sa central office." Hindi anya nakaboto ang naturang kasamahan niya. Rekomenda ni De Villa sa Comelec, "Ayusin nila 'yung sistema nila. Ang magiging kawawa ay 'yung botante."


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Pollrelated violenceup ByANNABELEROSARIO

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded a spike in election-related violence, PNP Public Information Chief Reuben Theodore Sindac told Radyo Inquirer 990AM Monday.

“We have 64 incidents for this period aloneSeptember up to 1 1 p.m. of October 27, of which 22 were killed,” Sindac said. In 201 0, Sindac said there were only 25 recorded incidents, with fifteen people dead. At least 588 people have been arrested for violating an elections gun ban, with police confiscating nearly 500 firearms, 4,000 rounds of ammunition, 1 91 knives and 68 grenades, said Sindac. There are 6,21 6 areas of concern across the country, which is 1 4.7 percent of the 42,028 villages nationwide, due to a history of electoral violence or attacks by Muslim and communist insurgents or al-Qaeda-linked militants, said Sindac. Most of these areas are from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), South Central Mindanao, Bicol Region, Ilocos Region and Eastern Visayas. In the ARMM, 1 ,567 police were deployed in Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao and Sulu. Of these, 722 were sent to Maguindanao to perform special election duties. “Our elections in the past have always been marred by untoward incidents,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said, adding that government forces would guard against “spoilers to this democratic exercise. More than 800,000 candidates are vying for chairmanships and other posts in urban and rural villages, locally called barangay (villages) — the Philippines’ smallest political units, where violence and fraud are as much a concern as they are in elections for higher office. More than 54 million Filipinos have registered to cast their votes. In the latest violence, unidentified men opened fire on a police car carrying an elections officer and policemen Sunday, setting off a gunbattle that wounded the poll official, two policemen and a civilian in Palanas town in central Masbate province, police said. Police arrested the son of a candidate for village chairman and 1 6 other supporters, some of them armed with shotguns and pistols, for allegedly threatening a rival candidate in southern South Cotabato province, police said. In the country’s worst election violence, 58 members of a political clan and media workers were ruthlessly shot to death in a 2009 massacre allegedly plotted by a rival clan with its armed militias to maintain their political control over southern Maguindanao province. The accused clan members have denied any wrong-doing. Among the dead were at least 31 media workers. It was the single worst killing of journalists in the world. Officials have postponed Monday’s elections in central Bohol province, which was devastated by a strong earthquake on October 1 5 that killed more than 200 people. Voting was also postponed in southern Zamboanga city, where Muslim rebels occupied coastal villages and took scores of residents hostage in a three-week standoff last month that killed more than 200 combatants and civilians.

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run for the two we It is a sad shame that some candidates just run for money, money, money. Barangay elections used to be met with little or no fanfare, with most people only finding out there are new officials when the walls of the barangay hall have been repainted with the winners’ names. Since the Local Government Code was enacted two decades ago, however, barangay elections have increasingly become hotly contested political battles, with rivals employing guns, goons, and gold to ensure their victory. One reason: the barangay chairperson holds the power to handle the village's share of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), estimated at P68.3 billion in 201 4. This year, Barangay 1 76 in Bagong Silang,

Caloocan City received P89.78 million in IRA, the largest among all barangays nationwide, because it has over 245,000 residents. The opportunity to manage such a huge budget may explain why eight candidates are vying to become the barangay chairman, while 93 are aspiring to become barangay kagawads in Barangay 1 76 when voters troop to the polls on October 28, according to figures provided by the Commission on Elections’ Caloocan office. They may be managing the smallest political unit in the country, but barangay officials still wield enormous power. The barangay chairman, for instance, is the only government official that exercises executive, legislative, and judicial powers.

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he village head, the barangay captain is the ef enforcer of all laws and ordinances. As chair the Sangguniang Barangay, the barangay tain leads the crafting of the legislative nda. And as chair of the Lupong Tagapayapa, the barangay captain has the power to le community disputes. The lion's share of the funds utilized by the 028 barangays nationwide come from the IRA, ch represents the local government's annual re from the proceeds of the national internal enue taxes, according to the Briefer on angay Good Governance by the DILG-NBOO. So, I hope you voted today. You voted for didates that can really run your barangay and ust for the money and the power.

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SupporterofMasbate barangaybetshotdead nearpollingprecinct

MASBATE CITY, Philippines — A supporter of a candidate in the barangay (village) elections in Masbate was shot dead by a supporter of his candidate’s rival in Mobo town on Monday afternoon, a sketchy report reaching the provincial police here said. Police Officer 1 Haidelyn Pimentel Arevalo, spokesperson of the Masbate Provincial Police, quoting the report from the Mobo Municipal Police, said that a certain Larry Canale, 49, a resident of Barangay Baang, Mobo, was killed at around 1 :30 p.m. just outside the Umabay Interior Elementary School in Baag, which is used as polling precinct, while voting was going on inside the school. Arevalo said the Mobo police have reported that a resident of the same barangay, named Richard “Andoy” Ramos, has been tagged in the killing. She said the Mobo police learned that the victim was a “die-hard” supporter of Bobby Zarsuelo, a candidate for barangay chairman of Baang, who was running against incumbent reelectionist barangay

chairman Samuel Bolon, whom suspect Ramos was supporting. Arevalo said there was still no report if the local police had located Ramos and arrested him. This was the second case of election-related violence reported in Masbate over the last two days. On Sunday, the election officer of Palanas town, two municipal policemen and their civilian companion were wounded after they were waylaid by a group of armed men while they were commuting on board a Commission on Election (Comelec)-owned car from a remote village to the town proper.

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