Comelec: 95% of barangays proclaimed poll winners
MANILA - Around 95% of barangays all over the country have already completed the proclamation of winning candidates during Monday's barangay elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.
The data excludes areas in Bohol and Zamboanga where the barangay polls were postponed to November 25.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said they expect the number to go up in the next few hours as more barangays wrap up the counting and canvassing of votes.
Barangays that failed to hold elections on time conducted the exercise Wednesday, and residents of 5 island barangays in Calayan, Cagayan are expected to vote Thursday.
Twelve barangays in Pikit, North Cotabato will conduct the polls on November 25 because of the fragile peace and order situation there.
Brillantes said Comelec will now focus on preparations for the elections in Bohol and Zamboanga.
The commission reiterated its resolution prohibiting incumbent barangay officials in Bohol who are candidates in the elections from distributing relief goods, even as Interior Secretary Mar Roxas asked the Comelec for an exemption.
Brillantes explained that although barangay officials are mandated by law to conduct relief operations, allowing them to distribute relief goods would give them undue advantage over other candidates.
He said Roxas asked for an exemption since barangay officials are ultimately the most knowledgeable about their respective areas, as well as the beneficiaries.
"Well in that case, the candidates can be present during the relief distribution pero sabi ko, to be fair, dapat nandun din ang mga kalaban nila," Brillantes said.