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Voters' vigilance key to successful elections - PPCRV

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (04 February) -- "Be involved. Be vigilant."

Thus the call of the business community to the electorate in view of disturbing reports about plans to derail or sabotage the coming electoral exercise in May. "Dapat bantayan ng ating mga citizen voters ang eleksyon. Ang nangyayari kasi pag nakaboto na ang tao umaalis na, dapat magmanman sila sa nagyayari," said Pablo de Venecia, Dagupan City chapter president of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) during the KBP Forum Thursday at the Philippine Information Agency.

De Venecia, who is also an active member of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), said that his group is also pushing for honesty on the part of the political leaders, candidates, government officials and the voters themselves. "Be honest, even if others are not, will not, and cannot" is the battlecry of the group, he said.

As part of the education and information campaign, De Venecia said that starting February 19, BCBP will stage audio-visual presentations at the Dagupan public plaza. He said he was confident that there is enough time for the Commission on Elections and other concerned agencies and groups to educate the public about automated elections, which, he said, should be given a chance.

"First time na mangyari ito sa atin, so pagbigyan natin ng pagkakataon at magkaisa tayo para maging successful, let's hope and pray" he said.

On the reported 5,000 jamming devices that recently arrived in the country, he noted that such devices have long been used as in the case of hospitals, which have equipment that might be affected by the signal of cellular phones. "Let's assume that the gadgets are here, kailangang gumalaw ang ating mga ahensya tulad ng Comelec para hindi makaapekto ang mga yan sa ating eleksyon," he stressed.

He said that the group has tapped businessmen to lend their standby generators in case of power interruptions during voting and canvassing. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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