miriam Supporters of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago who joined a caravan around Bacolod yesterday*

Negros VCMs arrive,
poll power assured

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines yesterday assured of more than enough power supply for the May 9 polls in the Visayas, while the Commission on Elections said a partial shipment of Vote Counting Machines for Negros Occidental has arrived.

Representatives of the Comelec, Philippine National Police and the power sector gave briefings on their contingency plans for the May 9 polls before members of the media and the Negros Association of Government Information Officers and Liasons at the Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon Sia said the VCMs for Negros Occidental and Bacolod City began arriving Wednesday. moremoremore

Proclamation of bets
likely after 3 days

The Commission on Elections will not be able to proclaim winners of the May 9 polls in Bacolod City within 48 hours from the end of the voting period, it could take three days to a week, City Elections Officer Mavil Majarucon Sia said yesterday.

“In the 2010 and 2013 elections canvassing and proclamation of candidates was based on transmitted results received by the system from the PCOS ( Precinct-Count Optical Scanner) machines,” she said.

In this election, the canvass of the results and the proclamation of the candidates will be based on the transmitted and the manually uploaded results from the main memory cards of the Vote Counting Machines, she said. moremoremore


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BSP warns vs. mutilated,
‘counterfeit' peso bills

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas yesterday warned the public against the proliferation of “counterfeit” bills as well as mutilated bank notes, especially at the height of the election season.

At a press conference at the BSP Dumaguete office, officials discussed briefly salient points of Presidential Decree 247 or the Anti-Mutilation Law that penalizes the defacement and other willful acts of disrespect such as mutilation, tearing, burning or destroying of any Philippine currency.

The BSP called on politicians to not staple peso bills to sample ballots or other campaign materials as it is a sign of defacement and disrespect to the currency. .moremoremore