Barangay Election on October 2016, sure? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 May 2016 11:21

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Except for the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), that has never reportedly released any public pronouncement on the October 2016 Barangay Election, almost all barangay officials and other wannabe barangay officials in the city are already making election preparation and alignments of political forces to ensure their victory. The question is, with this complex election complaints that the COMELEC is facing, which might take months to resolve, will the barangay election push through?

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Granting it will push through, will the barangay election be a clean and honest election? With no interference from the congressman, mayor  and other election power brokers, will the use of this, electronic computerized voting? Perhaps, until those kinks in the electronic machines will be resolved by the COMELEC, election even to the barangay level will still be a subject of suspicion of cheating.

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The hard fact is, the automated voting machine will still be used in all elections in the Philippines until, the government will stop it or Congress will declare those machines unfit for election purposes, which will be like “hitting their heads with stones”, because administration law makers approved the use of these electronic voting machines and were able to parry all controversies from the very beginning.

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However, barangay folks are still hoping for the best and are fervently wishing that the barangay election will push through this October of 2016. Many barangays wanted change in their leadership, since no improvement has taken place with many barangay problems like garbage disposal, petty neighborhood burglary, undisciplined and unruly “trisicad” drivers, barangay street cleanliness and worst of all, alleged “red tape” at the barangay offices. Many barangay hall employees are noted to be “hard headed” and arrogant, because the barangay chairman has lost his command from them due to inefficient leadership.

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In some barangays of the city, their lineup for barangay officials is already complete and has even started their “pulong-pulong” in their neighborhood, usually ending in a drinking spree. The biggest problem is, names of city officials are mentioned as their sponsors and benefactors. This is a bad start because political patronage is the bane of good government and source of corruption is still alive and kicking in the barangays. They are supposed to be the backbone of good government.

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Scoop: The COMELEC, should the barangay election  pushes through, must at least impose strict additional requirement in educational level for barangay chairman and kagawads and appointive barangay officials. This will ensure quality  leadership. The city is fed up with “quantity” leadership, it is like “a blind leading the blind”. Agree or disagree.