Thank you very much COMELEC Comissioner Sixto Brilliantes for stepping out and helping iron this mess in Bohol. Hopefully, no more controversies will arise from this fortuitous situation. The recent calamity that struck Bohol is no circus gentlemen!
So finally COMELEC Comissioner Sixto Brilliantes steps in and irons out the row between Red Cross and Local Government Units (LGUs). He tells LGUs that the distribution of relief supplies should be administered by the Red Cross in cooperation with the LGUs.
Why the COMELEC? Commissioner Brilliantes invokes the Omnibus Election Code saying that since this is election season incumbent candidates for baranggay elections (which is most of them) cannot be in charge of distribution. In categorical terms he states that distribution of relief goods by candidatets is vote buying, ““Kapag namimigay ka ng [relief] goods, namimili ka ng boto,” And though Mayors and Vice Mayors should be involved in the relief efforts as part of the local disaster council, they cannot hand over the relief goods to the baranggays again due to the incumbent candidates in the towns.
When asked to comment about the row with Maribojoc…
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