Campaign starts May 4 for 8,305 BKSE bets
posted 6-May-2018  ·  
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A total of 8,305 candidates for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts in the 315 villages of the province of Catanduanes are poised to begin their campaign on Friday, May 4, 2018.

According to the report prepared by Acting Provincial Election Supervisor Amelia Arizabal of the Commission on Elections, 705 filed their Certificates of Candidacy for Punong Barangay while 4,675 are running for SB member.

At the SK level, 671 youths are running for the post of SK chairperson while 2,254 have filed CoCs for SK member.

Only 118 of those hoping to become barangay captains are women, meaning there are five male candidates for every woman bet. The gender ratio is much better for Sangguniang Barangay members, with 1,625 women competing with 3,050 men.

In the youth polls, 399 males are running alongside 272 females in the 315 races for SK chairperson while for SK members, the ratio is much more equitable with 998 females up against 1,256 males.

The number of candidates who will join the campaign will be actually lower, an official at the COMELEC provincial office disclosed, as an undisclosed number of those who filed CoCs have withdrawn from their respective races.

Several candidates for SK posts also face disqualification by the COMELEC for being over-aged. Under the rules, SK bets should not be more than 24 years old on election day and must have no relation by blood or marriage within the second civil degree to incumbent officials.

There are also unconfirmed reports that some of the candidates are either surrendered drug users/pushers or included in the “Tokhang” list of the Philippine National Police.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to release  by this Friday the so-called narco list that includes the names of 211 incumbent barangay officials linked to illegal drugs. The list includes 89 barangay chairmen and 122 kagawads.

The PNP leadership, it was learned last week, has been ordered to verify from the COMELEC list of official candidates for the 315 barangays whether they include people in the local narco list.

Recently, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano urged aspiring candidates who are involved in illegal drugs to desist from running in the coming May 14, 2018 polls. He underscored the importance of electing barangay officials who are not involved in illegal drugs since they will be members of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) in their villages.

With the start of the campaign period, the authorities are expected to enforce the law against prohibited activities as spelled out in COMELEC Resolution No. 10246.

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