More barangays pay dues to Comelec

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Monday, October 14, 2013

ADDITIONAL barangays in Cebu City have paid their dues to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) three days before the Oct. 18 deadline.

This, as Comelec sent a reminder to all 80 barangays in the city to settle their obligations. These include Barangays Tinago (P100,000), Carreta (P171,000) and San Antonio (P54,000).

Earlier, Barangays Tejero, San Roque and Sto. Nino paid their dues to Comelec.


Even with the payments from the barangays, Comelec is still hoping the City can give them financial aid.

Cebu City North District Election Officer Marchel Sarno said he is positive the council will pass the supplemental budget 2 proposed by Mayor Michael Rama.

Rama allotted in the budget P16 million as share of the barangays for the Oct. 28 election.

Sarno said they are ready to return the money to the barangay if the council approves the second supplemental budget.

Instead of paying a uniform amount to Comelec, the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) plans to get their payment through the barangays’ share in the real property tax collected by the City.

With this, each barangay can pay the amount based on the computation given by Comelec.


Sarno said, this is another option presented by ABC if the City fails to approve the supplemental budget.

Meanwhile, Duljo Fatima, Cebu City Barangay Captain Elmer Abella said he can still run in the election even after his term expires on Nov. 30, contrary to a report issued by Comelec.

In a list released by Comelec to reporters, Duljo Fatima was included in the 49 local government units with barangay captains who can no longer run in the coming election.

Abella told Sun.Star Cebu he is still serving his second term now.

He called Cebu City South District Election Officer dwin Cadungog to clarify the matter.

Cadungog advised him to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) after the official found out Abella is still in his second term.

The third day of filing of certificate of candidacy went smoothly yesterday.

A media personality, a reelectionist and a farmer were among those who filed their COCs yesterday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2013.

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