Evaluate aspirants, Comelec tells voters

By: Jessa Mae O. Sotto April 15,2018 - 10:15 PM

Busay Councilman Yody Sanchez files his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) together with some running mates at the Comelec Cebu City north district office. CDN Photo/Junjie Mendoza

Though candidates for this year’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections may meet the requirements for their candidacies, voters should evaluate them to see if they are worth electing to office.

“Voters should elect candidates who know and practice that public office is a public trust, that they merely hold it in trust for the people,” Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Officer Ferdinand Gujilde said.

Comelec Provincial Supervisor Lionel Castillano said the candidates should also be willing to learn and be accessible to the public.

“Public service in the barangay is more than being a people person. Aspirants should be problem solvers and be approachable to the people,” he said in Cebuano.

Castillano said educational attainment is not conclusive of a person’s capability to serve and lead.

“Tungod lang sa kawad-on sauna wala maka-eskwela pero maayo mo serbisyo (Perhaps, because of poverty they were unable to go to school but they are still capable of serving),” he said.

Yesterday’s filing of Certificates of Candidacies (COCs) at the Comelec local offices went smoothly, Castillano said.

About 1,074 people filed to run for barangay posts while 519 youths filed their candidacies for SK posts in Metro Cebu.

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