Kagawad Augustinus Gonzaga has urged the voters of Tagbilaran City’s 15 barangays to reject attempt in vote buying and choose good and capable or “performance-based” candidates.
Money, reports have indicated, may still try to sway votes even if balloting is on during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections tomorrow.
But responsible citizens can always prefer to elect wisely, Gonzaga said, especially that tomorrow’s electoral exercise also directly engages the youth sector.
The city councilor said first-time or non-incumbent candidates can be assessed by their platforms or advocacies, among other capability yardsticks
In a media forum Friday, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Officer Eliseo Labaria discouraged “inangayan” (sharing of blessings) since, even by any other names, it is still vote-buying.
Gonzaga said election is “worst and derogatory to democracy” if the money used to influence votes comes from illegal drugs.
Sr. Insp. Rufo Potane of Camp Dagohoy told the media that the policemen in Bohol have a marching order to arrest election violators and file charges against them.
Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) Director Angel Geñorga wants the electoral activities “secured and fair,” said Potane who is the new BPPO Police Community Relations (PCR) officer.
Gonzaga said to have informed choices, the voters should “check their candidates.”
“We can always change for good our electoral attitudes and practices, if we just truly want to,” said the esteemed member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP).
The city lawmaker believed making a “clean mode of choosing leaders” has no other best start than in the barangay and SK elections.
According to the provincial election officer, there are over 28,000 candidates for barangay and SK chairmen and kagawads in Bohol’s 1,109 barangays, including Tagbilaran City’s 15.
Labaria encouraged early voting, which will start at 7:00 in the morning and close at 3:00 in the afternoon tomorrow.
Each ballot has to be cast not because it is everybody’s right, but because everyone has a responsibility, said Gonzaga who chairs the city council’s public accountability committee. (Ven rebo Arigo)