Comelec secures participation of West PH Sea town in May 13 polls

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Officials from the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines accompanied Commission on Elections commissioners to Kalayaan Island, Palawan for final testing and sealing procedures of election equipment, May 9, 2019. Photo by NUP Leonito Navales, PNP Public Information Office

MANILA – Election officers, soldiers, and police on Thursday flew to Kalayaan Island, Palawan to secure residents’ participation in the May 13 midterm elections.

Kalayaan, consisting of a single barangay, is the country's remotest municipality in the disputed West Philippine Sea. It is home to only 200 residents. 

Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, commander of the Philippine National Police National Security Task Force for the 2019 midterm elections, said the team made final testing and sealing of vote counting machines, and voters’ registration and verification system in Barangay Pag-asa, completing all security preparations for Monday’s electoral exercise. 

Commission on Elections commissioners Al Parreño, Antonio Kho and Louie Tito Guia witnessed the procedures.

“It’s green and go nationwide as far as police election security operations is concerned,” said Gamboa.

Kalayaan residents will elect the provincial governor, vice governor, provincial board members, and district representative; and the town mayor, vice-mayor, and members of the municipal council, as well as national candidates for senator and a party-list group.

The mayoral seat of Kalayaan is being contested by Roberto Del Mundo and Rodrigo Jaca.

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