President joins Filipino voters in choosing new barangay officials
LUBAO, Pampanga (30 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led millions of Filipinos in exercising their Constitutional right of suffrage by going to the polls yesterday to elect their new barangay and youth leaders.
The President motored yesterday morning from Malacaņang to her father's hometown of Lubao, Pampanga and joined her provincemates in choosing the officials who should lead their barangays.
Arriving at the Lubao Elementary School, Barangay San Nicolas 1st here at 9:30 a.m., half an hour earlier than the 10 a.m. original schedule, the President immediately proceeded to the school's Gabaldon Building to check her name on the computerized list of voters.
The President was listed as voter No. 86 out of 198 registered voters of polling Precinct I-A where she also voted during the 2004 and 2007 national and local elections.
Three other Macapagal relatives were listed after the President's name, including her brother Diosdado Macaraeg Macapagal Jr.
Polling Precinct 1 is stationed in a classroom of the Paaralang Elementarya ng Lubao, Hilagang Distrito ng Lubao. The classroom, with a simple comfort room inside, is normally occupied by Grade III-A pupils under Mrs. Emily Calalang.
After verifying that her name was on the posted list of voters, the President then proceeded to her designated precinct and stood in line like an ordinary voter while waiting for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) to verify her name on the Election Day Computerized Voters' List and Voting Records.
After about 15 minutes of waiting, the President was then given her ballot. She took her place at the back portion of the first row and quietly filled out her ballot.
Within three minutes, the President folded her ballot, stood up and after posing for the requisite photo opportunity, she dropped her ballot into the ballot box.
After having her index finger marked with indelible ink, the President boarded her car which took her to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga for her flight to Dumaguete City to speak at the National Conference on Integrated Taxation System (ITAX) at the Oriental Negros Convention Center. (OPS) [top]