by ODON S. BANDIOLA
Instead of commending the poll body offices in Aklan, the Department of Education teachers and the Commission on Elections deputies for orderly, peaceful and credible elections which he originally intended to do, reelected Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Rodson F. Mayor called the recently concluded mid-term elections in the province as “the dirtiest”.
It is a complete turnaround. Earlier, Mayor proposed a resolution titled, “A RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL OFFICES AND STAFF OF THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS IN THE PROVINCE OF AKLAN, ALL TEACHERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DIVISION OF AKLAN, WHO RENDERED POLL SERVICES, THE AKLAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE, AND PHILIPPINE ARMY PERSONNEL IN THIS PROVINCE AND PERSONNEL OF OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES DEPUTIZED BY THE POLL BODY, POLL WATCHDOGS LIKE THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE VOTING FOR AN ORDERLY, PEACEFUL, CREDIBLE AND EFFICIENT ELECTION PROCESSES DURING THE MAY 13, 2013 MID-TERM ELECTIONS”.
He filed the said resolution on May 21, 2013 to be discussed by the SP members on the 17th Regular Session on May 29, 2013.
In his “whereases” Mayor said the just concluded May 13, 2013 mid-term elections in Aklan was generally peaceful, credible, orderly and efficient in delivering results.
Also in the same resolution, Mayor stressed that despite isolated glitches in the transmission of results caused by defective optical scanning machines, the transmission of election results, from the precint levels to the canvassing stations at the municipal and provincial levels can be considered efficient, prompt and punctual which resulted to the early proclamation of winning candidates.
Mayor likewise originally described the election in all parts of Aklan was very credible and reliable that the results were not marred by the filing of electoral protests from the losing candidates.
But on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 17th SP Regular Session, in a sudden and surprising twist of mind, Mayor withdrew his resolution already calendared in the order of business.
He said he changed his mind from pursuing the passage of his resolution because the reports he had been receiving led him to conclude that the May 2013 elections in Aklan can be the “dirtiest”.
Instead of sponsoring his original resolution, Mayor lambasted elected public officials in certain areas in Aklan for “meddling” and “coercing” voters at the vicinity of the polling places.
He likewise lambasted DepEd teachers composing the Board of Election Inspectors who allowed partisan personalities to assist voters in voting even if they were not illiterates.
Mayor also alleged that several voters had been disenfranchised in areas where a certain political party is dominant.
Mayor will be on his third and last term as SP Member for 2013-2016 starting June 30.
He was first elected as SP member in May 2007 under the banner of the local “Kusog” Party headed by Vice Governor Gabrielle V. Calizo-Quimpo the political party rival of Governor-elect Joeben T. Miraflores, and outgoing Gov. Carlito S. Marquez, Tibyog party.
In 2010, Mayor leapfrogged to the Tibyog Party of Miraflores and Marquez and was reelected.
In May 2013, he again leapfrogged to UNA after he was not included in the slate of Tibyog. He was reelected and ranked No. 2 from among the five SP Member winners in the East district. /MP