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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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‘Barangay polls most expensive’


The barangay election is the most expensive political exercise, more money is spent on it than on a presidential race, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.

There are 42,000 positions for barangay captain up for grabs nationwide and if there was an average of three candidates per post that would be 126,000 of them, he said.

If each of the 126,000 candidates spend an average of P100,000 each for their campaigns, that would be a total of P12.6 billion, the governor added.

And that is a conservative estimate because in bigger barangays, especially in places like Metro Manila, candidates for barangay captain spend up to P1 million, he said.

The governor said he believes that the barangay election will push through on May 14 despite the House of Representatives’ approval of a bill postponing it to October, because the Senate does not have a counterpart measure.

Meanwhile, the governor said he is infavor of a national ID system, saying that is what made Malaysia peaceful.

Those who are against a national ID system are criminals, people from the underworld and those who are against the government, he said.

Voting 17-2, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill that would establish a national identification system.

The House had already approved its own version of the ID bill last year.


Meanwhile, the governor said that while it is okay if Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) runs for governor in 2019, he is more senatorial material.

“I think he is needed more in the senate with his capabilities,” the governor said.*CPG


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