COMELEC – Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Vanessa Roncal, in a kapihan forum for Safe and Secure Election 2019, said the ballots in the said video did not come from COMELEC , it does not bear the security features of the real ballots that will be used in the election.
"There are no pre – shaded ballots because all the ballots are secured that will be given directly to the voters when they cast their votes on May 13," Roncal stressed.
This fake information undermines the efforts of all the agencies that are working together to ensure a safe, fair and orderly May 13 election, she said.
In the same forum, COMELEC – CAR Regional Director Maria Juana Valeza assures that in partnership with the Police Regional Office - Cordillera (PRO-Cor), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other stakeholders, all preparations are set for the May 13 polls.
Valeza encourages voters to go out and exercise their right to vote, and to vote wisely according to their conscience and not get influenced by money or get intimidated. With the help of all of their partners , they will do their best to ensure a safe, fair and orderly May 13 elections, she said.
'The ball is now in your hands. Go out and vote as May 13 is the day that we can make our voice heard for a better future, for us and the country,' Roncal added.
PRO – Cor Regional Director BGen. Israel Ephraim Dickson also assured the people of Cordillera that the Philippine National Police along with the AFP will always be there to ensure a safe and secured election. But he seeks the cooperation of everyone to help in the conduct of a peaceful and honest political exercise.
PRO – Cor on Monday sent - off the initial batch of 1,235 police personnel for election duties and augment the PNP’s field units in various parts of the region.
The Regional Joint Security Command Committee on the same day conducted the final meeting in preparation for the May 13 election.
COMELEC – CAR data shows that there are 1,013,418 registered voters in Cordillera who are expected to cast their votes in the 6,586 established polling precincts all over the region. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar