For the first time in the history of ABC Elections in Dumaguete City where the thirty (30) Barangay Executives who were elected last October 25, 2010, conducted their ABC Election of officers free from any political vendetta.
Well, history would tell us that in the past of the conduct of the same activity, there had been lobbying beforehand as to who will be the ABC president, to the extent of buying votes with considerable financial backup coming from political cadlers.
This time was entirely different. It was a “History in the making”, quoting from the recently elected ABC Vice President Leonel Banogon. The “Liga ng mga Barangay Kapitan” were given a free hand to do the elections on their own. There were totally no political interventions. During the conduct of elections, the Hon. Manuel T. Sagarbarria was in Manila for official business. Cong. George P. Arnaiz, Second District Representative was also out of town. Hon. Albert Aquino elected ABC president disclosed that what they only spent that day was their fare from home to the city session hall where they conducted the said election and their fare back home. They spent nothing more, nothing less. “Mahimo raman diay,” Bert Aquino says.
The said ABC Election of Officers was conducted on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at exactly 10:00 o’clock in the morning and participated by all thirty (30) Barangay Captains. The conduct of elections was spearheaded by Mr. Ablir of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and personnel from Comelec.
For ABC president, Mr. Albert Aquino of Barangay Bantayan emerged to be the winner who garnered 29 votes. His opponents for the same post were Antonio Carino of Barangay Calindagan who got 8 votes and Ramil Cornelia of Barangay Pulantubig who got 3 votes.
The lone candidate and winner as ABC Vice President is Leoniel Banogon of Barangay Bunao, Elected Secretary is Angelita Ragay of Barangay Looc who got 21 votes, Treasurer is Delia Senagan of Barangay 8 who got 20 votes and Auditor is Delia Lado of Barangay with 29 votes. The Board of Directors are Barangay Captains: Nicolas Ramires, 27 votes; Gregoria Oira, 26 votes; Dominic Ablir, 26 votes; Bernardo Sun, 25 votes; Dionie Amores, 23 votes; Bartolome Aranas, 19 votes.
Indeed, the conduct of the ABC Elections was totally clean, healthy and peaceful. Hon Bert Aquino was grateful and thankful to Hon. Manuel T. Sagarbarria and Hon. George P. Arnaiz for giving them freehand in this election. Aquino stated in an interview by friends in the media including ABS-CBN that the recently concluded ABC Election signifies a change in politics. He said that politics in Dumaguete City is getting matured. The trust of the City Mayor of Dumaguete and the Congressman of the Second District afforded them to indicate that political change now sets in and is going forward, where politics is for all even among the poor.
ABC election free from political vendetta