Is it true that the money worth P228,000 intended for the honoraria of teachers who served in the May 13 elections in Hinobaan town was spent in the casino by election officer Alan Jaro?
I’ve heard about it, said Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Dennis Ausan, in a phone interview by Capitol reporters yesterday.
Ausan said that it is one of the things being investigated, but he neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.
Jaro’s case is still "subject for investigation" so he enjoys the right to due process right now, Ausan added.
"The validation still remains an allegation, unless a formal charge will be later filed against him," he stressed.
Today is the deadline for the written explanation of Hinobaan election officer Alan Jaro on the unpaid honoraria of poll workers in his town, amounting to P228,000 which was already deposited to his bank account.
Provincial election supervisor Jessie Saurez had given Jaro 72 hours (or three days) starting receipt of the order last Tuesday to explain the non-release of the honoraria of poll workers, most of whom are teachers.
Jaro had gone missing and did not report for duty since June 16, and failed to attend the meeting of all election officers called by Suarez last Thursday.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has scheduled the registration of voters for the Barangay and Sang-guniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on July 22 to 31, provincial election supervisor Jessie Suarez said.
Suarez said voters for the barangay polls are required to present any valid identification card, while the SK voters should present either a Certificate of Live Birth, Baptismal Certificate, School Records or any other document to establish his or her identity and date of birth.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said that those aging 15 and not more than 18 on the date of the elections can register as SK poll voters.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Hinigaran, Negros Occ. yesterday reported that as of 5:01pm Thursday, June 13, 2013, the Comelec office has received twenty four (24) statements of election contributions and expenditures (SOCE) out of twenty five (25) candidates who ran in the recent May 13, 2013 national and local elections.
According to Elmer V. Era, Election Officer of Hinigaran, "those who submitted their SOCEs are: 1. (Re-elected) Mayor Hermilo L. Aguilar - P100,000.00; 2. Caroll Y. Guanco - P45,000.00; 3. (Elected) Vice-Mayor Teresita G. Gabrido - P70,000.00; 4. Jose Nadie P. Arceo - P50,000.00.
The six candidates who ran for congressman and board member in the May 2013 election who failed to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) within the reglamentary period, or until June 13, will be ordered to pay fines by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceño said.
The six candidates were congressional aspirants Leopoldo Sua of the 1st District and Leonardo Erobas of the 4th District, and board member aspirants Ely Joy Barredo and Leonardo Magbanua Sr. both of the 2nd District, Arturo Alvarez of the 4th District and Francis Gerard Tuvilla of the 5th District, Arceño said.
All six candidates lost in the election, he added.
The Top 3 biggest spen-ders in the May 2013 elections in the provincial level (excluding Bacolod) are Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and 3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, based on their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) this week.
Alvarez topped the list with campaign spendings of P1,853,919, followed by Marañon with P1,776,601, and Benitez with P811,196.
But despite his bigger spending, Alvarez, who was endorsed by business tycoon and Ambassador Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., was defeated by Marañon with a lead of about 170,000 votes.
"Release Election Honoraria – Now na!" . . . a chant by teachers during their protest action at the Fountain of Justice (FOJ) yesterday. *(Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros (ACT - Negros) and the Bacolod City Public School Teachers’ Federation (BCPSTF) held a protest rally at the Fountain of Justice in front of the old Bacolod City Hall to call on COMELEC to release the long-delayed honoraria for some teachers in Negros Occidental and the entire Region 6 who served in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) during the recent election.
Bacolod Councilor-elect Jun Gamboa gave his statement of support to the teachers who held the protest action yesterday at the FOJ. * (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
The bigger spenders are not always the winners. Or so, if their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) are to be believed.
Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. reportedly spent P1,893,919 in the May 2013 elections, based on his SOCE submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office, but he lost to Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. who spent P1,776,601, or a difference of P117,318.
Many members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) in Negros Occidental have not received their P4,000 honorarium yet.
Provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceño yesterday said he will follow up the said payment at the Comelec Manila.
He said the Comelec has encountered some problems relative to the releasing of the BEIs’ honoraria.
One problem is the last-minute changes of BEI members, wherein the Comelec data base was not updated, thus the new entries were not listed in the Comelec’s payroll.
A total of 6,132 teachers in Negros Occidental had served as BEIs in the May 2013 elections.
All candidates in the May 2013 elections, both winners and losers, are required to submit their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures, provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceño said.
Arceño reminded the candidates in Bacolod and Negros Occidental that the deadline for submission of said statement is on June 12.
In the case of winning candidates, failure to submit the said statement in time would mean they cannot assume office on July 1.
Arceño yesterday said a few candidates went to his office and submitted only an affidavit of their expenditures, but he stressed that the affidavits will not be accepted by Comelec Manila, since there is a standard from from the Comelec which the candidates will fill out.