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PIA Press Release
2007/05/07

Comelec sees no need for control

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (7 May) -- There is no need to put this city and three other towns of Southern Leyte -- Tomas Oppus, Liloan, and Saint Bernard -- under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This was the view aired by Atty. Felicisimo Embalsado, the Provincial Election Supervisor (PES), when sought for comment over a resolution passed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) last month.

Interviewed live Friday, May 4, over radio station DYDM, Embalsado confirmed having received the PPOC resolution on April 24.

By April 30, Embalsado said he called the Election Officers of the four places mentioned in the resolution to a meeting, and they did not affirm the allegations that armed were reportedly spotted arriving in their respective fields.

Reports reaching the PPOC, however, confirmed sightings of armed men, so in their April 13 meeting a resolution was passed for the Comelec to exercise control to ensure fair and orderly elections on those areas.

Embalsado stressed that aside from conferring with the election officers, he had also talked with the PNP Provincial Director, Supt. Prudencio De La Cruz, on the same concern.

The provincial PNP Chief found no cause to place the city and three towns under Comelecís watchlist, Embalsado said.

He added that the prime consideration in declaring an area as hotspot to qualify for direct Comelec control was the presence of election-related incidents, which were not happening anywhere in the province.

A copy of the PPOC resolution has been furnished the Comelecís Central Office En-banc, Embalsado further said. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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