Over 800,000 bets running in barangay polls
MANILA -- A total of 809,136 individuals filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the barangay elections all over the country last week, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Of these, 94,124 will be running for barangay captain while 715,012 are running for barangay councilor posts.
There are 54,051,626 registered voters for the barangay elections who will vote in 170,603 precincts on October 28.
There are 42,028 barangays in the Philippines.
The Comelec said they are ready for the conduct of the elections on Monday.
Ninety-one percent of election paraphernalia have already been delivered to the provinces, save for neighboring regions III, IV-A, and the National Capital Region, the poll body said.
It expects to finish the deliveries by Thursday.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they were able to collect at least P200 million from the contributions of different barangays all over the country.
This represents roughly half of the contribution that should be collected from a total of 42,028 barangays.
An earlier resolution mandated the barangays to contribute P10,000 each for the elections.
Brillantes said the money will be used for the salaries of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) who will serve on October 28.
The Comelec warned barangays that non-compliance with the resolution would constitute an election offense which could lead to the filing of criminal charges against barangay officials.
Brillantes said the Comelec would simply note as receivables the barangay contributions that have yet to be remitted to them.