The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today extolled one of its own, Lawyer Ingemar Macarine for his stellar accomplishment in the field of endurance sports.
Macarine was dubbed by the Philippine media as the ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ for his daring feats of swimming across open waters in different parts of the country, is currently the Election Officer of the Municipality of Tubigon, Bohol.
Last Sunday, May 10, 2015, Macarine conquered Sarangani Bay by swimming 12.9 Kilometers in five (5) hours and fifty five (55) minutes from the Municipality of Maasim to the Municipality of Glan, Province of Sarangani. The swim, which was sponsored by the Province of Sarangani, was to promote tourism in Sarangani Bay.
Macarine made national headlines when he became the first Filipino to swim from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City, California, USA on April 7, 2014. He was also the first Filipino to conquer the Babuyan Channel by swimming from Palaui Island to Mainland Sta. Ana, Province of Cagayan on June 15 2014 and the first man to swim from Santa Fe, Bantayan Island to San Remigio, Mainland Cebu with a distance of 19.99km in 7hours and 45minutes last April 12, 2015. The swim was to promote climate change.
The ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ was also the first to attempt to swim from Visayas to Mindanao on May 2014. Though he did not finish, Macarine made a personal record of swimming 23 kilometers of open waters in 5 and a half hours.
“The COMELEC is very proud of Atty. Macarine,” said COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez. “His endurance and dedication is truly remarkable.”
Jimenez said Macarine serves as an inspiration among the COMELEC’s Field officials and employees who are hurdling their own version of “Amazing Race” – that is to validate the registration records of registered voters whose biometric data (digital photo, digital signature and fingerprints) have not been enrolled to the system before the October 31, 2015 deadline.
With the signing of Republic Act No. 10367 into law last 15 February 2013 by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the absence of biometrics in a voter’s registration record has become an additional ground for deactivation. Voters who would fail to submit themselves for validation between 06 May 2014 to 31 October 2015 would cause COMELEC to deactivate their registration record. This would mean that these deactivated voters not be allowed to vote for the May 2016 elections. VALIDATION is the process of digitally capturing a voter’s photograph, fingerprints and signature to complete his registration record pursuant to RA 10367.
“COMELEC personnel nationwide are determined to go the distance so that all our qualified kababayans will be able to vote in the May 2016 automated elections,” the poll body spokesman said, noting the regular satellite voter registration they are conducting even in far-flung areas.
Jimenez said the COMELEC supports the future endeavors of Macarine, among them IRONMAN 70.3 EAGLEMAN in Cambridge, Maryland USA which consists of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run, the Capitola 1/2 Marathon in Sta. Cruz, California on May 17, 2015 and his solo attempt to swim the 10km San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge on May 22, 2015, among others. ###