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Fake postaI IDs discovered

The Commission on Elections Bacolod Field Office ceased to honor postal identification cards during the voter's registration yesterday for the Sangguniang Kabatann and barangay elections after it was discovered that these were just fabricated at the Plaza Mart Building in Bacolod City.

Election Assistant ll Babylen Wong complained yesterday before Police Station 1 that they received a report from Meach Deocampo of Brgy. Taculing that he saw several postal ID's being printed at Plaza Mart to be used as identification cards for Comelec registration purposes.

Bacolod Election Officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said they require valid ID's to determine the barangay where a voter is registered and also his/her exact address.

But it appears that there are some who try to fake their IDs to be registered in another barangay, she said.

Postal ID's can be secured at the Post Office and not at Plaza Mart, she added.

Majarucon-Sia said that since they cannot determine whether an ID is fake or not, she announced yesterday that they will no longer honor postal ID's to avoid confusion.

This is a usual problem during barangay elections, she said.

Majarucon-Sia said they also received a complaint from Edgar Escala of Brgy. Singcang Airport, that he lodged before Police Station 1, stating that his nephew, Alderen Jaena together with eight other students from the same barangay, went to the Comelec Wednesday to register.

However, they were enticed by Fidel Morales of Brgy. 18 to register in his barangay, she said.

Morales is reportedly a former kagawad of Brgy. 18.

Majarucon-Sia said they will summon Morales during the Election Registration Board hearing on August 11 to inquire about what happened and why there was a complaint against him.

It is during the ERB hearing where they approve or disapprove applications, she said.

Meanwhile, several students queued to register at the Comelec yesterday since the deadline is today.

Majarucon-Sia reiterated that they can only accommodate 750 registrants today and there will be no extension based on the memorandum issued by Comelec chairman Andres Bautista.

As of Thursday, the total registration was 7,465, she said.*CGS

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