TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Residents of this city braved a scorching 38 degrees Celsius high weather to cast their votes for the barangay ang Sangguniang Kabataan 2018 on Monday, May 14.
However, thousands went to voting precincts as early as 6 am, or an hour before start of voting period, to avoid the heat.
Tuguegarao hit 42.2 degree Celsius on August 19, 1912 and May 11, 1969, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country’s history.
Security forces assigned in different barangays in this city said they have not monitored any major untoward incidents so far. Common incidents include those who had difficulties in locating their names and precincts.
Mayor Jefferson Soriano cast his vote in Tuguegarao West Central School about 15 minutes before the closing of the voting period.
In an interview, Soriano thanked the authorities for keeping the elections in the city “generally peaceful.”
He also noted a “minor” disagreement between candidates in Barangay Cataggaman on Sunday night, May 13, a matter which had since been resolved.
The city mayor also challenged the future elected youth leaders not to engage themselves in politics as they should be governing their constituents “independently.”
Vote buying reports, ‘illegal campaign’
A night before the election day, several sources reported vote buying movement in the city.
A source, who requested for anonymity, said a political group in Barangay Ugac Sur in this city have been allegedly roving around with a notebook, where they list down voters who received P200.
The source said the group’s candidate for barangay kagawad and treasurer are the ones going around in their community.
Another source said a group of candidates were also involved with vote buying in Barangay Caritan Centro. They allegedly distributed P200 for every voter.
A heated confrontation were also reported between candidates in Barangay Cataggaman, which escalated up to the police station.
Meanwhile, several children was also seen distributing campaign materials outside the schools in the city.
This, according to Commissionon Election (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez, is prohibited during the election day. – Northernforum.net