'Flying' registrants nabbed in Maguindanao

Posted at 07/17/12 3:04 PM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines- The military blocked suspected multiple election registrants in Maguindanao on Monday.

The 4th Maneuver Platoon of the Maguindanao Provincial Public Safety Company conducted the operations after receiving reports that registrants from Sultan Kudarat were being ferried to the province.

The suspected “flying registrants” were accosted at a checkpoint along a national highway in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.

Insp. Muhadjirin Bago, 4th Maneuver Platoon Leader, said the passengers from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat initially claimed they will only attend a "kanduli" or a gathering in Labu-Labu, Shariff Aguak but eventually admitted that they were paid P300 to register.

The drivers of the vehicles were placed under the custody of Ampatuan police.

A general voters’ registration is ongoing for the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), in an effort by the Commission on Elections and concerned civil society groups to cleanse off the region’s voters’ list, which is believed to be fraught with voters who are underaged, registered in multiple areas, or already dead.

The Comelec has already listed 300,000 voters in Maguindanao in just seven days. It expects a total of 400,000 registered voters in the province at the end of the general voters’ registration.

The automated registration started last July 9 and will run until tomorrow, July 18.