Tagbilaran, Saturday, 15 May 2010
In Bohol, the elections are over and the winners were already proclaimed in the country's first automated elections. And the best thing, the provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) headed by lawyer Eliseo Labaria, provincial fiscal Macario Delusa, Dr. Lorna Rances, Amy Cortidor, Lourdes Balbin, Juvenal Beniga, Priming Ontong, Tacks Socorin, Nieva Uy, Prima Soliva, Lilet Tindoy, Edward Inting and Malou Cempron (who were getting five hours of sleep during election time) can have a good night sleep. I've heard that my good friends Maam Priming and Ms. Malou will have (beauty) rest and rejuvenation this week as they have now the luxury of time.
My media colleague Edward Guyano and I could give a sigh of relief as we spent our time covering the elections. We even woke up early to report the arrival of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and accompanied the Argo forwarder and the Philippine Army officers for the distribution of PCOS to Bohol towns. We also took part on testing the credibility of the PCOS machines in mock elections.
With the speedy release of election results due to automation, the first town to transmit their election results was Corella, while Mabini was the last town to transmit the results on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. though we stayed until 2:30am to transmit and print the final results.
The first candidate proclaimed by Atty. Labaria was erstwhile Rene Relampagos who won as representative in the first district of Bohol. ABC president Concepcion Lim was the last candidate proclaimed by Atty. Labaria as the new vice governor of Bohol. Lim makes history as the first woman vice governor of Bohol.
Rep. Edgar Chatto obtained the highest number of votes against Cesar Montano and Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera.
After the election mudslinging, is it all's well that ends well? In an interview, Chatto assured, "When it comes to development of Bohol, the bottom line is always a common dream to have a sustainable development in this province. We can work very well together."
Chatto further said, "I am looking forward to working with the elected officials. Now, the whole electoral process is over regardless of political color all of us must make sure that we are able to harmonize ourselves and find the common objective and common target for the province of Bohol."
Regardless they came from different political spectrum since the political season is over, it is important to extend hands of friendship to everyone… and back to work as soon as they are installed in their respective offices.
And many breathed a sigh of relief. We are expecting our newly-elected officials to usher in a season of change... and hope for better days.
Let's do a recap and see how those who ran are faring:
Asked to give a one-word description of the country's firs automated elections, the Comelec personnel smiled.
Atty. Labaria: "Consistent results!"
The teachers and policemen who took part in the elections can be happy as their honoraria are on the way to their bank accounts. Nang Besing Rulona, administrative aide of the office of the vice governor has the widest smile since she's a great help. She was the San Pedro at the SP Session Hall. She got a thumbs up from everyone present. Make it double thumbs up for the effort. Hehehehehe!
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Leo P. Udtohan
|Friday, 28 May 2010 05:39:22 PHT|
|I watched with interest the Bohol elections here in Canada. Congratulations to the winners of the May local elections in Bohol. Hopefully, this new mandate will allow you to serve the Boholanos with honesty, integrity and accountability. Congratulations as well to COMELEC for your untiring effort to make the automated elections a success. Most of all congratulations to the people of Bohol for your active participation and exercise of your democratic rights. One good advice: Keep an eye on your elected officials' performance and remember - you the people are their boss not the other way around.|
|Edwin Deloso wrote:|
|Saturday, 15 May 2010 07:22:48 PHT|
|God bless all new elected officials. May you always look for the benefits of everyone and not for yourself alone. We love our God little paradise province BOHOL. Let us broadcast to the world that we boholanos are pro-GOd, pro-enviroment, pro-peope, pro-nature. My best wishes to our BOHOL leaders 2010.|
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