August 22, 2023 People's Journal 174 views

FOLLOWING the recognition of the Commission on Elections of 10 Embo barangays, the the poll body and the Taguig LGU have appealed for Makati’s cooperation
Comelec made the appeal amid the tension that gripped the opening of Brigada Eskwela in schools in Embo barangays that is set to be visited by Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano.

The road leading to the schools was blocked, and large banners were put up that says “school buildings belong to Makati City”

The tension occurred despite a clear memorandum order issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) requiring school principals to prepare a transition plan for the transfer of management and personnel of the 14 EMBO schools under the jurisdiction of Taguig.

The Comelec, meanwhile, has assured that there will be no tension in their turnover and in the election itself because they have laid out procedural steps to be followed by the various departments.

Comelec Chairman George Garcia said that the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) will be conducted at the Taguig Convention Hall from August 28 to September 2, while voters from the ten Embo Barangays has no need to re-register for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in October

According to Garcia, they will ask Makati to allow the use of schools as polling places.

“If Makati City disallows the use of schools in the EMBOs as polling stations for the BKSE, the law department was directed to devise a way to legally deputize Makati” explained Garcia.

The Office of the Election Officer of Makati and Taguig will also be instructed to prepare a new list of precincts and a new list of qualified electoral boards.

Taguig’s local government, meanwhile, has commended the Comelec for its correct and appropriate action in implementing the order of the Supreme Court.

“The Honorable Commission’s move to fully implement the Supreme Court’s final and executory decision in the territorial dispute is highly commendable, and stands as a testament to its commitment to upholding justice and ensuring peaceful and orderly elections,” Taguig LGU said in a statement

The Taguig LGU also urged Makati officials led by Mayor Abby Binay to demonstrate a “spirit of cooperation” and respect the order of the Supreme Court.