• Thu. May 12th, 2022

NGO uninterested in ballot examples linking BOPK’s Margot Osmeña to other vice mayor bets

ByRandall B. Phelps

May 9, 2022

Councilor Franklyn Ong, the BOPK’s candidate for deputy mayor, cast his vote this morning at Mabolo National High School. | Wenilyn Sabalo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Councilor Franklyn Ong, who is running for vice mayor under the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), isn’t bothered by examples of ballots in circulation pairing BOPK candidate Margot Osmeña with the town hall, with other vice-mayor bets.

“It’s normal. Sa eleksiyon naa g’yod na siya. In every election there is a replacement of candidates, but I believe that for the position of mayor, vice mayor and member of Congress, it is already imprinted on the minds and hearts of voters,” he said.

(This is normal. In elections there is such a thing. In each election there is a replacement of candidates, but I believe that for the position of mayor, vice mayor and congressman, it is already imprinted on the minds and hearts of voters.)

Ong said he also saw copies of said ballot a few days or weeks ago.

Some sample ballots bearing the name of Cebu Vice Mayoral candidate Francisco “Bimbo” Fernandez were distributed near some schools in downtown Cebu.

Ong and his family voted at the Mabolo National Secondary School (MNHS) around 10:40 a.m. or after almost an hour of queuing outside the grouped enclosure assigned to him.

The MNHS has 11 constituencies grouped together with over 8,000 registered voters from Barangay Kasambagan.

Abegail Talledo, the school principal, said their school was designated as a polling station for Kasambagan residents because the barangay area did not have its own school.

Rachel "Cutie" Del Mar, a candidate for Cebu City North District Representation, cast her ballot at Lahug Elementary School.  |  Wenilyn Sabelo

Rachel “Cutie” Del Mar, candidate for Cebu City North District Representative, cast her ballot at Lahug Elementary School. | Wenilyn Sabalo

On the other hand, Rachel “Cutie” del Mar, congressional candidate from the Northern District of Cebu City, who was among the candidates who cast their ballots early this morning, said it only took her about an hour to vote. , which she also said was an hour faster than her experience in the 2019 election.

Del Mar, who is running as slate Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan, cast her ballot at Lahug Primary School around 7 a.m. on May 9.

“Chairs physically distant, hapsay ra g’yod kaayo. Job well done so far,” she told Cebu media.

(Chairs are physically far apart. Tis neat. Job well done so far.)

Lahug Elementary School, home to 44 clustered constituencies, serves over 35,000 registered voters.

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