Automated election successful; Timpuyog team dominates Baguio winners
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (15 May) -- The first automated election pushed through smoothly and peacefully in this City of Pines. This is the assessment of City Election Officer, Atty. Modesto Bahul and City Police Director Agrifino Javier.
Police Sr. Supt. Javier said the peace and order situation in the city during the May 10 automated election was very peaceful and that there was no election-related violent incidence reported.
"With our check points and constant police visibility during the whole election period, even the city's crime incidence was also reduced," Javier added.
For Comelec's part, Bahul stated that aside from minor glitches, the first automated election went smoothly. The clustering of precincts posed minor problems like difficulty in looking for voters' names in the official list and long queue. But with patience and cooperation among Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voters volunteers and the voters themselves, voting went smoothly.
For the PCOS machines, aside from some minor glitches which were also immediately solved, all the 221 machines distributed in the city functioned well until the voting closed at 7:00 pm.
Transmission and canvassing of votes from the 128 barangays in the city was done at the Baguio Convention Center and by 5:00 of the following, canvassing was finished and winners were then proclaimed.
Candidates from the Timpuyog Ti Baguio, a LAKAS-Kampi endorsed local party, won the top three positions in the city and several seats in the City Council.
Timpuyog's Engr. Edgardo Vergara won as Congressman, Congressman Atty. Mauricio Domogan is the comebacking mayor, while incumbent Vice Mayor Atty. Daniel Fariñas retained his position.
Winners in the city council are: Atty. Nick Aliping Jr., Atty. Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Engr. Isabelo Cosalan Jr., Atty. Elmer Datuin, Atty. Peter Fianza, Atty. Edgardo Bilog Jr., Atty. Richard Cariño, Atty. Perlita Rondez, Atty. Fred Bagbagen, Atty. Erdolfo Balajadia, Ms. Phillian Weygan and Atty. Nicasio Palaganas. (PIA) [top]