BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The opposition to the voter’s registration filed against 72 residents of Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod have been officially withdrawn by its petitioner, City Commission on Election officer, Kathrina Trinio-Caña, said yesterday.
Caña said Edward Meneses Sr., who is the secretary of the barangay, originally filed his opposition against the voters’ registrations of 98 residents but after further verification, it was found out that 72 of them are, indeed, residents of the barangay.
She said that the earlier opposition against the registration of these voters was filed because the oppositor claimed that he does not know these residents and have not seen them in the barangay, and neither does he know where they exactly live.
Caña added that aside from Brgy. Mansilingan, they also received opposition against the voter’s applications of some residents of barangays 11 and Taculing, among others.
The Election Registration Board, meanwhile, is set to hear by next week or the first week of August the petition filed against the transfer of voter’s registration of former Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Benitez to Bacolod City.
The petition against the former lawmaker and now provincial consultant was filed by Barangay Mandalagan residents Hector Yula, Teodoro Abao, and Jonah Abao, July 13 questioning Benitez’s residency.
Benitez, who has declared that he is running as mayor of Bacolod, filed his position paper against the opposition on his voter’s registration transfer. He claimed that he is qualified to transfer to Bacolod as he is a resident of the city.
Caña said that what was funny was that most of the applicants facing opposition presented certification from the barangay concerned as proof of their residency.
“Why is it that they were issued barangay certification if they are not residents of that particular place?”*