Archive for May 20, 2018

In Calasiao, a mechanic wins as kapitan


By Yolanda Sotelo

CALASIAO– A mini-miracle happened in the barangay elections when a mechanic and driver won as chairman against three more formidable opponents.

 “I did not expect to win and I still could not believe it,” Zaldy Bauzon, 44, said, admitting that, while he dreamed to be a barangay kapitan, the aspiration was a “long shot” as he had no money for the campaign in the agricultural village of Macabito.

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MECHANIC TURNS KAPITAN. Zaldy Bauzon shows his tools as a mechanic, a trade he practices for years now. He won the May 14 barangay elections, although his opponents have more advantages over him.

After all, he was up against the incumbent chairman who operates a thriving business; an incumbent kagawad (barangay council member) who is the wife of a former court judge; and a ranking officer of the Guardians brotherhood who is even a “brother-in-law.”

He refused to say if his opponents for the post resorted to vote-buying, but said he himself could not buy votes because he did not have the capacity to do so.

He admitted however, giving a “bottle of gin” to friends and supporters at the end of campaign day, and that he cooked two cauldrons of arrozcaldo for his supporters on the night of May 13, for them to pass the night as they waited for the opening of the voting precincts the following day.

Bauzon was an incumbent kagawad but was at the tail-end of the winning list. For the chairmanship race, he was an “independent” and had no slate for council members.

He said it could be his earnest service as kagawad (his first term before the May 14 elections) that helped him top the race. He won by 56 votes over the incumbent kapitan who got the second most number of votes.

“I did my best to help my  villagemates, accompanying them on errands such as going to the Social Security System office in Dagupan City to process documents. When streetlights need repairs, I did the repair for free.”

He said if there is something he was proud of and which helped him win, it was his devotion to help the villagemates. “They call me at anytime of the day and night when they need help. I did that for five years when I was kagawad,” he said.

He was also active in the local church activities and it was actually the elderly members of the church who prodded him to run, even if running was against all odds.

There were times that he wanted to withdraw from the race, feeling it was a futile endeavor. But he forged on, fired by encouragement of his friends and community residents.

“I was really nervous on election day. After casting my vote, I immediately left the school and just leave it to God if I will win or loss,” he said.

Macabito has more than 3,000 voters and an Internal Revenue Allotment of P3.8 million annually.

Bauzon operates a mechanical shop in his backyard which he put up after working at an automotive shop in Dagupan City for 20 years.  The “on-call” driver of some families in the barangay, completed an auto-mechanic course after high school.

(more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL : Ang katuturan ng Brigada Eskwela


 Sa Hunyo 4, magbubukas na naman ang mga paaralan sa mga mag-aaral sa elementarya, junior at senior high schools sa buong kapuluan. Bago ang araw na ito, ang mga namumuno sa mga paaralan ay magsasagawa ng Brigada Eskwela 2018 na nakapaloob sa Department Order No. 066, series of 2018 na may petsang Abril11, 2018.

 Ang Brigada Eskwela ay magsisimula sa Mayo 28 at matatapos sa Hunyo 2, 2018 na may temang, “ Pagkakaisa Para sa Handa, Ligtas at Matatag na Paaralan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan.” Ang implementasyon ng Brigada Eskwela sa mga paaralan ay magpapakita ng pagkakaisa ng mga residente sa komunidad, mga guro, mga estudyante, mga pribadong kompanya at mga boluntaryong mamamayan galing sa mga non-government organizations (NGOs).

 Gaya ng mga naisagawang Brigada Eskwela sa mga nakaraang taon, makikita ang pagkakaisa ng mga nabanggit sa una sa pagkukumpuni ng mga silid-aralan, upuan, pagpipinta sa mga gusali at paglilinis sa kapaligiran ng mga paaralan. Ang mga ito ay isinasagawa upang may kasiguraduhan na ang mga silid-aralan ay kaaya-aya para sa pag-aaral ng mga mag-aaral. (more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Post election blues


The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections that was held last May 14 is far from over. Both the winners and losers are still suffering from “ post election syndrome”.

The winners are all smiles these days. They have motorcades and are even conducting victory parties with their supporters. The losers are wallowing in despair to the extent of accusing their opponents of vote-buying, illegal campaign activities, etc.

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The electorates have already spoken through their ballots. Some may have voted wisely, sticking to their principles, but a lot more have been lured by the power of money and other goods. We can’t blame the latter group of electorates as they have already been accustomed to these campaign tricks in the past. All they think of was the one day pleasure of spending the money given by corrupt candidates.

I have observed that vote buying was rampant during the campaign period. Those running for Punong Barangays have shelled out P1,500 per voter or P500 per voter to the very least. For the Kagawads, vote buying ranged from P100 to P200 per voter. Who would want to lose in an election, anyway? All tricks, whether good or bad, were resorted to, to ensure victory at the polls.

It is quite frustrating, however, that those candidates who are most qualified for the positions they were running for were the ones who lost. There are even those who were “tokhanged” who have been re-elected due to vote buying. No amount of massive public information could sway the voters to elect the candidates who bought their support. Vote buying has been institutionalized in our midst during election period. It has been a practice by most of the politicians coupled with terrorism and other illegal campaign activities.

When will we have true electoral reforms? As long as voters are the victims of vote buying, this country will go to the dogs. The reforms initiated by President Duterte will all be in vain. We could not move on as one nation especially if our elected officials are prone to corruption. How will they recoup their election expenses if not to corrupt the funds of the barangays?

By June 30, all the winners will take their oaths of office, whose terms will end on June 30, 2020 if it will not be postponed again. Two years is a short period to wait for the next barangay elections. Maybe within that short period, voters could think more deeply about the importance of qualified barangay officials. This is only a hope, not a wish, because the tenacity of voters could not be changed overnight.

Well, the Commission on Election (Comelec) has announced that more than 1,000 candidates during the last election will be indicted for violating the election code such as vote buying. This same statement from the Comelec is not new. Even during the past elections, similar violations were reported but no concrete actions were taken as yet. Comelec has not performed its duties to protect and safeguard the election process. Can Comelec do it this time to convict violators of the election code? That we have to wait.

Speaking of electoral reforms, I am still optimistic about it to happen due to the new breed of leaders of the Sangguniang Kabataan. The SK candidates have not resorted to vote buying in many areas although there were some reports to have it occurred in some barangays. This maybe due to the anti-dynasty provision of the SK Reform Law where the candidates must not be related to the sitting elected officials up to the second degree consanguinity or affinity. Why not Congress pass a law for barangay elections? Maybe, this could curb patronage politics and vote buying.

As I always saying, the winners must be magnanimous in their victories. The losers should accept their fate and look for ways to serve their barangays. It’s not only by having positions to serve our people. In whatever capacity, we can also serve our barangay mates. Public service is not confined to being elected into office. This time, let’s move on for the progress of our barangays.

(For comments and suggestions, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com or at virgilmaganes42@gmail.com. Visit my blog “The Roving Pen” at http://www.virgilmaganes.wordpress.com. Read the online edition of Northern Watch at http://www.northwatch.wordpress.com)

May 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Village, SK officials won without opponents


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 STO. TOMAS- Will it be another Guinness World Record for this town?

 All candidates for Punong Barangays, Kagawad, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairmen and SK Kagawads in the 11 villages of this town won handily during the May 14 elections, as there was no  single opponent in all the positions they ran for.

 This is a show of unity and cooperation among the more than 9,000 voters of the town, according to Mayor Timoteo “ Dick” Villar III.

 “ Before the filing of candidacies, we conducted consensus building in which all sectors were called to participate. With that, it was resolved that all the candidates must run unopposed to bring more progress in the town. We are a small town, and what we can boast of is our unity as one people,” Mayor Villar said. (more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

Defeated barangay candidate files petition for recount


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES- A defeated candidate for Punong Barangay in Carmen West village here has petitioned the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) for the recount of votes over his rival during the May 14 Barangay ang SK Elections.

 The petition was filed by Joselito Cariño who lost by 43 votes over his rival Katherine Flores Jovellanos.

This was learned from acting election officer of this town Mila Dalutag who said that it was up to the Court to grant or deny his petition.

If granted, she said, the cost of the recount to be conducted by the MTC shall be borne by Cariño. (more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Village, SK officials won without opponents


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

STO. TOMAS- Will it be another Guinness World Record for this town?

 All candidates for Punong Barangays, Kagawad, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairmen and SK Kagawads in the 11 villages of this town won handily during the May 14 elections, as there was no  single opponent in all the positions they ran for.

 This is a show of unity and cooperation among the more than 9,000 voters of the town, according to Mayor Timoteo “ Dick” Villar III.

 “ Before the filing of candidacies, we conducted consensus building in which all sectors were called to participate. With that, it was resolved that all the candidates must run unopposed to bring more progress in the town. We are a small town, and what we can boast of is our unity as one people,” Mayor Villar said. (more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Nagkamali ba ang Boracay na iboto si Duterte?


Inuulit ko… nagkamali ba ang Boracay na iboto si Duterte?

 Sa kabuuang resulta ng presidential elections nitong 2016 ay dinala ng Panay Island si Mar Roxas for president.brando-maso

 Pero may nag-iisang grupo ng mga botante sa Panay Island  na nagdala naman kay Mayor Rody Duterte sa presidency.

 Lahat ng bayan sa probinsiya ng Aklan ay Roxas ang nag-top except ang bayan ng Malay.

 Ang Aklan ay binubuo ng 17 municipalities at isa na roon ang bayan ng Malay.

 Sa bayan ng Malay naroroon ang isla ng Boracay.

 Ang bayan ng Malay ay binubuo ng 16 barangays.

 Ang resulta ng presidential elections sa probinsiya ng Aklan ang magpapatunay na mga botante lang ng isla ng Boracay ang nagdala kay mayor Rody Duterte sa presidency. (more…)

May 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment


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