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Barangay & SK Elections 2007

Barangay and SK elections 2007

28 October 2007

2:15 pm: Set up the Hotlines today – 5259294; 5259295;5259334; 8270821; 5275574.

The majority of calls deal with reports of violations of various election bans, particularly the liquor ban. We take down the details of the complaints and coordinate with the appropriate COMELEC deputy; for liquor ban violations, for instance, we sic the PNP on ’em.

7:30 pm: As of 5:30 pm today, the Hotline has received 66 calls on queries ranging from really basic things (when, where, how to vote) to reports of violations. All calls have so far been from the NCR and surrounding provinces. Those who report violations are referred to the Election Officer with jurisdiction, and the concern is followed up with the same EO by the Hotline. Other concerns are endorsed to the appropriate COMELEC department or deputized agency for action.

29 October 2007

Haha. So much for blogging the B&SK elections.  Anyway, now that things have quieted down somewhat, I suppose I should commit all this day to writing while I can. I can’t put down down times for all events but I will be trying to put them down in proper chronological order.

3 am, fire razes six classrooms in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. No one is hurt and no election supplies are affected.

In the meantime, continuing bad weather in Bicol causes floods, threatening the holding of elections there.

7:00, a vast majority of polling places nationwide open their doors. Notable exceptions: Pantabangan, N.Ecija; Marawi; Camarines Sur; In Sulu – no polling places operated in the whole of the municipality of Panglima Estino; in Barangays Sunugan, Panabuan, Tumtangis, Lambayong, and Sasak in the municipality of Indanan; in Barangays Tulayan, Capual, Angilan, and Lahing-Lahing in the municipality of Luuk.

By 7:30, the  situation in Pantabangan has been resolved. By 12:00 noon, Marawi’s polling places begin operation.

Sometime in the afternoon, the elections were suspended in Pasay City North High School as a result of the actions of voters who were ordered excluded by the trial courts. Apparently, these people could not accept the exclusion order handed down by the judge.

In the background of these stand-out events, the COMELEC hotline received – not just queries about proper procedures and reports about alleged violations of election laws by candidates and their supporters – but also calls about people not being able to find their precincts.

While some of these people were assisted to their satisfaction, we have to put the problem in the proper context. There are many reasons why people can’t find their precincts  or can’t find their names on the lists of voters.

First, the physical room assignments may have changed. For instance, I’ve always voted in a classroom situated in the right wing of the public school being used as a polling center. This year, my precinct was ‘transferred’ to the left wing. Many of the voters in my precinct were flustered and some didn’t have the patience to find where the precinct had been moved to. These people later on claimed that they couldn’t find their precincts.

Second, some people were never registered to begin with. This can be further categorized to people who simply think that they can vote without any solid basis for that belief. They also claim that they were denied their right of suffrage. And then, there are those who have an acknowledgement receipt. The AR is a stub from the application for registration form that we give to applicants as proof of their application. Proof of application, NOT registration. So, in some cases, it was found that these people who had ARs actually had their applications denied for various reasons. In most cases, these people knew that they were denied. And yet, they still all claimed that they were denied the right to vote.

And third, some people attempted to vote not realizing they’ve been deactivated as a result of a failure to vote in two consecutive national elections. They too claim that they were prevented from voting.

However, this is not to say that no one was unjustifiably denied the right to vote.  Unfortunately in some cases, there exist the possibility of unwarranted omission. These instances are currently under investigation. The point I’m trying to make is that the problem is routinely – and I believe unfairly – being overstated.

Other voter’s list problems:

This election saw a number of dead people’s names showing up on the list – proving what we already know: the list isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, most people forget that when a dead guy shows up on the list it is rarely because he was inserted there (cue the image of election operators skulking around in cemeteries copying names off of tombstones), but because his name wasn’t taken out when he died. The difference is that, in the first instance, malicious intent is patent; in the second, there are several possible reasons, short of malicious intent, which could explain the situation.

Identity theft also occurred. In some cases, people arrived at the polling places to find that their names had already been used to vote. In at least one instance, the BET admitted its mistake and the appropriate corrective measures were taken and duly noted in the minutes. We are going to have to talk with the BETs who let these thefts occur.
List problems with a twist: one candidate for Kagawad found that his name wasn’t included in the list of candidates attached to the ballot secrecy folders. This problem was referred to the EO who will be asked to account for the omission.

Peace and order, in general, did not pose too much of a problem. With the notable exception of the goings-on in the ARMM, as well as the other election related violent incidences – 23 deaths since September 29 – elections all over the country proceeded peacefully. Of course, these are 23 deaths too many. Without a doubt, any future discussions on how to improve the administration of elections will have to tackle this issue in depth and at great length. There has to be a way to eradicate this problem.

By 3:30 pm, things quieted down considerably. And by 4:00, it was a safe bet that the 2007 B&SK elections had entered the history books.


40 thoughts on “Barangay and SK elections 2007

  1. some of the regional offices might not have
    emphasized the importance of the specific
    coc form to be used for the barangay positions
    such as the Chairman and Kagawad slots. One of
    my family opted for a Kagawad position but it
    turned out the form he filled up was
    not what it should be. since he was new to
    the politics he filled out the form and
    provided the rest of the requirements as
    he was told. only to find out much later
    after exhausting efforts for the campain and
    all. come the 28th, the day before the elections that
    he was listed as a candidate for chairman
    instead of kagawad. now
    this became a dilemma since his intention was
    to run as a brgy. kagawad and have already pledged
    his support to a chairman. how could somebody
    from the comelec let this happen? it all seems
    that the person incharged of receiving the coc’s
    is not concern and have not verified what the
    person was intending to run for? is it not part
    of the procedure to receive the coc and to make
    it final verifications that so far sir you are now
    running for a kagawad post in the barangay. is
    that correct? …i’ve received the rest of the
    requirements from you and they seem to be
    complete already…. the problem here is that tbere
    seemed to be a shortage of information from the
    comelec staff to impart to the end users. it
    would have made a difference if they were able
    to orient the end users the complete and
    correct information regarding the filing of

    Posted by Ren_B | 30 October 2007, 4:36 am
  2. Ren_B, every filer bears the primary responsibility of ensuring that he is submitting the proper form. After all, the heading on the form is large enough that it can easily be read. As far as the COMELEC employee receiving the form is the concerned, the general rule is that the form – which the filer presumably filled out deliberately and with full knowledge of what it represents (the thing is even notarized)- can be relied on as the accurate reflection of the filer’s intent.

    Posted by jimenez | 30 October 2007, 9:15 am
  3. Good pm! Sir the BET’s are asking when can they get their per diems? Will the BBOC receive additional compensation? Deped is asking if there are per diems for their monitoring team?

    Posted by EO Dexter | 30 October 2007, 6:14 pm
  4. sir gud pm, different resolutions and memo were received in the field offices about the per diem/honorarium of the BETs, BBOCs, Monitoring Supvrs. Now dey r asking, what is the real amount for their services?

    Posted by EO MHON | 30 October 2007, 8:38 pm
  5. please let us not deprive the teachers (bets)
    of what they are suppose to get. It is a
    common knowledge that they are suppose to be
    getting 2k hon. for serving as such in the
    recently concluded brgy. elections. better for
    you at the central office that you are not
    directly faced sa “ALANGANING SCENARIO”.
    ANG HUMAHARAP SA KANILA… A-chair borra pls.
    dati naman kayong nasa field, solusyunan niyo
    naman po ang mga hina-ing ng mga teachers
    dahil naiipit kami dito sa field… AMEN!

    Posted by usvp | 31 October 2007, 9:10 am
  6. can somebody please release the funds for the BETs…… kawawa kaming nasa field, kami ang nadadali dahil sa mga loopholes jan sa itaas

    Posted by CEO Jossil Macute | 31 October 2007, 3:52 pm
  7. to my fellow eo’s, lagot tayo ngayon sa mga BET’s natin, 1,000 lang ang initial release for their per diems at wala pa ang transpo allowance nila….buti pa ibang regions (Mindanao in particular) may SDO (disbursing officer) pero sila naman ang nagkaproblema (failure of elections). Have you ever wonder bakit may SDO lagi sa mindanao?

    Posted by EO Dexter | 31 October 2007, 6:32 pm
  8. To the Honorable Commissioners:

    During our briefing of BETs, we have announced that they will be receiving two thousand pesos for their honorarium plus additional payment if they will be handling SK voters and Canvassing. Napasubo na po kami, wag po sana nating hayaang mawalan na ng tiwala ang mga kawawang teachers sa Commission. At sana po ay ma release na ang bayad sa RCs para sa nakaraang Extension ng Registration. Good luck po sa amin. Nawa’y kasihan kami ninyo.

    Posted by padz mhil | 1 November 2007, 8:20 pm
  9. To the Law Department:

    May BET/BBOC po akong “nagkamaling” e transcribe ang nanalong kandidato sa SK kagawad na pampito, i.e., yung talo ang nailagay nila sa pampito. Wala pong problema sa Statement of Votes dahil maayos po naman. Ang problema ay dun lang po sa Certificate of Canvass and Proclamation. Ano po ang pinakamadaling proceso para maayos ang papel. Mahirap lang po ang kandidato para kumuha ng abogado.

    Posted by padz mhil | 1 November 2007, 8:26 pm
  10. advice pls. My uncle ran for Barangay captain
    this past election and was declared the winner
    at first then after awhile they suddendy chngd
    the results to him losing by 3 votes. What is
    the best way to handle this. We went to comelec
    in the municipal hall but they would not
    unlock the ballots as they said they couldnt.
    Apparently the declared winner has a strong
    pull at the comelec there. Can we go through
    a lawyer to get this sorted out? What is our
    best course? I have been trying to get info
    on the comelec headquarters in manila to
    contact them but they website does not seem
    to work. We just want peace of mind. If he lost
    he lost, but we want to make sure it was a
    fair election. My uncle is a great man, who
    did everything legally in this election, i just
    want him to get the justice he deserves.

    Posted by Alfa | 3 November 2007, 12:50 am
  11. Alfa, I have no doubt that your uncle is a good man. However, the local COMELEC is right. The COMELEC copy of the returns can only be opened upon order of the en banc. There’s no ‘pull’ involved. What you said tho’, is interesting:

    was declared the winner
    at first then after awhile they suddendy chngd
    the results to him losing by 3 votes.

    best advice i can give is to get a lawyer and file an election protest.

    Posted by jimenez | 3 November 2007, 2:36 am
  12. sir gud am….we need specific answers to our queries..for your consideration. tnx

    Posted by EO MHON | 3 November 2007, 10:55 am
  13. Sir, kindly refer my question to the law department, re mistake in transcribing the name of the true winner, from SOV to the Certificate of Canvass and Proclamation. thanks.

    Posted by padz mhil | 3 November 2007, 8:02 pm
  14. some few days ago, we emailed to comelec thru
    EID, a formal complaint againt punong barangay
    melchor ‘caloy’ trinidad of bgy. 502, distict
    IV, city of manila. we hope that this would serve
    as a test case that election related complaints
    filed with the comelec are duly acted upon and does
    does not really ‘hibernate’ as many people
    think. mabuhay po ang bagong comelec!!!

    Posted by irene mercado | 4 November 2007, 7:47 pm
  15. last oct 31, i emailed to COMELEC thru email
    address ask.comelec.eid@gmail.com, a complaint
    letter againt bry. 502, district IV, manila punong
    barangay melchor ‘caloy’ trinidad, detailing his
    various vaiolations done during the recently
    conluded barangfay election. an addendum was emailed
    just today thru email address ebad@comelec.gov.ph
    we hope that with the ‘NEW’COMELEC, the complaint
    will be expeditiously acted, to serve as one of
    the test the TRUE RESOLVED of the NEW COMELEC.
    thank you

    Posted by rene santos | 5 November 2007, 10:21 am
  16. sir james, may bayad pala yung pag-file ng contri & expenditures.. d2 s cabanatuan p180 bawat isa candidate n mg-file, pang photocopy daw ng form at notaryo… bale 4copies daw pong form eh karamihan naman po not applicable dahil non-partisan nga. di po ba? pwede po b kayo labas ng info bout filing ng contribution & expeditures.. thanks!!! MORE POWER po sir james…

    Posted by budz | 6 November 2007, 5:40 pm
  17. good day po ulit…
    sir James, ask po bout appointed brgy
    officials n kumandidato dipo ba automatic
    resigned sila… eh natalo po sila, maaari po ba na i-appoint sila ulit sa dati nilang posisyon…

    Posted by budz | 10 November 2007, 7:35 am
  18. good day po ulit… ask po ulit bout s mga hindi
    nkpag-file ng expenditures nila last 2002 brgy
    elections.. tumakbo ulit sila this 2007
    brgy elections at
    nanalo po sila ,ano po ang ground nila?
    mabuhay po kayo!
    pki hatid po ang pki2ramay s pamilya ni
    +Atty. Alioden D. Dalaig…

    Posted by budz | 13 November 2007, 12:29 pm
  19. budz,

    yung mismong pag-file, walang bayad. but there might be associated costs like for photocopying;

    there’s a rule: candidates who lost in an election cannot be appointed within one year from the date of elections;

    they have to file their statement of expenditures and contributions for the 2007 polls. otherwise, they cannot assume.

    Posted by jimenez | 13 November 2007, 12:43 pm
  20. maraming salamat po…
    sir, ask lang po ulit…
    till kelan po pwede mag-hain ng protest?
    mabuhay po…

    Posted by budz | 13 November 2007, 5:55 pm
  21. budz, within 10 days from proclamation.

    Posted by jimenez | 13 November 2007, 6:29 pm
  22. gud morning poh sir ask ko lang poh san ko kaya makikita yung result ng barangay at sk kung sinu sino nanalo nakaraan election ng october 29,2007 kasama poh sa mga provinces……thank you.have a nice day!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by jing | 16 November 2007, 10:02 am
  23. MAgandang hapon Po Sir.

    Nais po sana namin malaman kong magkano ang per diem
    ng bawat meyembro ng BET last October Barangay
    Election. Nakasulat sa GI na ang matatanggap ng
    bawat meyembro ay P2000.00 at may karagdagan
    na P500.00 pag may kasamang SK.
    NAis po sanang ipahatid itong impormasyon na
    ang natanggap po namin bilang kasapi ng BET ay
    P1500.00 only na magkahiwalay na payroll. NAkalagay po sa payroll ang kabuuan na aming matatanggap sana ay
    (P2000.00)w/out SK & (P2500.00) w/ SK. Nailang po kami dito sa ARMM.

    MAraming Salamat Po at MAgandang Araw sa Inyo.

    concern citizen (BET)

    Posted by nerio sarmiento | 20 November 2007, 1:35 pm
  24. Intrigued lang po ako. My daughter fortunately 5th won as 5th sk kagawad. The mother of the elected sk chairman meet the kagawads and told them this, “alam nyo na ang sk chairman lang ang may pondo o honorarium kaya wag na kayong umasa na may makukuha kayo. ang bibigyan lang namin ng sweldo ay ung nagvolunteer na secretary”.Tama po ba nasabihin ito ng ina ng sk chairman? Pano po ba ang allocation ng funds para sa mga SK kagawad. Is it true that there was no honororium of that sort for the sk kagawad?

    Posted by terry | 21 November 2007, 10:19 am
  25. the local government code says in essence that that
    “except for barangay candidates, those who ran and lost
    in the elections cannot be apointed to any
    government position
    within one yeart from elections
    (not very sure about the exact wordings and
    exact prov..sec. 82 ata yun)
    therefore..lahat ng natalo sa barangay at sk elections
    ay pupuede maapoint sa gobyerno without
    waiting for the one year period after elections..
    fyi lang po..
    thank you..

    Posted by agatha | 21 November 2007, 9:44 pm
  26. kelan ba mareceived and sinabi ng pres na my additional 1k ang mga BET members, tagal puro publicity lang ba, make it real.ty

    Posted by Imena | 26 November 2007, 8:55 pm
  27. para sa fsd pls. forward….

    please huwag kalimutan ang additional na
    5hundred sa BETs na naghandle ng SK Precints.
    di pa bayad yun huh!!!!
    n.b. maraming salamat napakinggan din ang
    additional 1k sa BETs. makapagsweldo na rin.
    sana binigay na lang lahat sa treasurer di
    ko na tuloy mareconcile ang pera ko sa atm.
    di kaya sanay pinadala nalang sa D.O. ang mga
    cheke para masaya rin sila sa travel. hehehe
    joke lang….

    Posted by usvp | 9 December 2007, 4:41 pm
  28. Good day!

    San ko po ba pwede makita ang result ng barangay election ng manila? Im interested to know the list of all elected officials of barangay in Manila. I will really appreciate if you could help me with this, because I will use this in one of my subjects. Thanks and more power

    Posted by Eugene M.I | 28 February 2008, 9:59 pm
  29. Sir Ask ko lang po kung cover ng 1 year ban ang mga Brgy. Officials na tumakbo uli sa darating ng October 25 Sycronized election ng Sangguniang Barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan kung Lumahok na sila nitong May 10, 2010 local election?

    Posted by JUAN DE SAN JUAN FUNILAS | 17 June 2010, 7:57 pm
  30. Dear Sir,

    Good evening sir. ask ko lang kung pwede pa ba maka run for barangay captain ang isang tao na suspendido sa posisyon niya ngayon as barangay Captain? na effect po ang suspension order niya last june 10, 2010 up to december 10, 2010. Bali 6 months po ang suspension order nya? Balita kasi na may election this coming October.
    Thank you po. paki sagot sir.

    Posted by Esperanza Pielago | 24 June 2010, 8:21 pm
  31. sir good day.,
    may itatanong lang ako,yung isang candidate nang barangay election hindi siya naka pag file ng expenditures pwede pa ba siya tumakbo ulit this coming barangay elections?

    Posted by randy jubelag | 29 June 2010, 2:19 pm

    Posted by Anna MarieA | 5 October 2010, 10:17 am
  33. I would like to inquire if ever I am a working as volunteered in a government institution. Do i need to withdraw as candidate or leave my post in that government?

    Posted by christine estrella | 20 October 2010, 3:23 pm
  34. ask ko lang po san po ba pwede kumuha ng form para sa statement of election contribution and expenditures salamat po

    Posted by bojie | 26 October 2010, 8:25 am
  35. magandang araw po, sir…

    You have said, sir, that those candidates who run in elections and lose cannot be appointed as brgy. officials within one year from the date of elections. Does this rule apply to all candidates sir (both brgy. officials and civilians prior to candidacy)? What I meant by civilians sir is those who run in elections and are not brgy. officials prior to it, but lose. Can they be appointed sir?

    Posted by jennifer laude | 28 October 2010, 4:24 pm
    • SEC. 94. Appointment of Elective and Appointive Local Officials; Candidates who Lost in Election. – (a) No elective or appointive local official shall be eligible for appointment or designation in any capacity to any public office or position during his tenure.

      Unless otherwise allowed by law or by the primary functions of his position, no elective or appointive local official shall hold any other office or employment in the government or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or -controlled corporations or their subsidiaries.

      (b) Except for losing candidates in barangay elections, no candidate who lost in any election shall, within one (1) year after such election, be appointed to any office in the government or any government-owned or -controlled corporations or in any of their subsidiaries.

      Posted by RANDY P. CAJILLA | 29 October 2013, 6:33 pm
  36. in case of election protest for the SKelections because of the irregularities committed by the chairman and the members of the BET.

    who will be respondent in the election protest? the BET chariman?

    Posted by Johny | 30 October 2010, 9:53 am
  37. very poor service of this site

    Posted by charlene | 17 March 2013, 8:04 am
  38. paano po ba magfollow up ng protest at meron po ba kayung freel legal assistance

    Posted by jay raneses | 9 May 2013, 6:20 pm
  39. sir gud pm po. ang isang BHW pagtumakbo bilang barangay kagawad ngayong October 2013 tapos natalo, automatic po b resign xa? kasi po hanggang ngayon nagduduty pa rin xa.
    pls reply po

    Posted by leny | 13 November 2013, 4:19 pm

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