Comelec monitors Bacolod barangays

Posted on September 30, 2013

BACOLOD CITY -- Bacolod election officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said they are monitoring five far-flung barangays here for possible problems during the barangay elections on Oct. 28.

These are Barangays Granada, Cabug, Vista Alegre, Handumanan and Mansilingan, she said.

Ms. Sia said the police is validating the need to assign an election assistant to these areas.

“This is because these areas are far and we may not be able to respond right away in case of problems,” Ms. Sia said in an interview.

They will also determine which barangays have intense political rivalries after the candidates file their certificates of candidacy, she said.

In previous elections, Ms. Sia said they received reports on sightings of armed men in barangays Alangilan and Mansilingan, although verification by the police proved the reports negative.

Glenn Guzman, acting Bacolod local government director, said they have been directed by the Department of Interior and Local Government to identify barangays in Bacolod City that could be election areas of concern.

Mr. Guzman said they were coordinating with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the police in identifying such barangays.

He added that they have forwarded to the Comelec the list of 11 third-termer barangay captains and 68 councilors in Bacolod City who can no longer seek reelection. -- Chrysee G. Samillano