Mining firm face probe for meddling in polls

By: Annabel Consuelo Petinglay 

SAN JOSE, Antique – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is probing Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) for allegedly meddling in the May 14, 2018 elections.

Comelec-Antique Election Supervisor Roberto Salazar said Monday that he was instructed by Comelec Acting Regional Director Tomas Valera to conduct a fact-finding investigation on a complaint that an SMPC administrator is campaigning for a certain barangay captain.

The complainant, a certain Henry Malacad, brought the issue through the program of news anchor Erwin Tulfo.

“We are going to conduct a fact-finding investigation as soon as we can,” Salazar said.

He said that he could not go there personally to conduct the fact-finding investigation because it was already Election Day and he also serves as the acting Municipal Supervisor of San Jose de Buenavista.

He added that he sent an election officer to Semirara to meet the complainant and to deliver the election paraphernalia for the elections.

“I also gave instruction to the complainant through the phone to document any violation they could notice because it is also hard without any evidence submitted,” he said.

Meanwhile, Salazar said that the election process in other towns went smoothly except for precincts in Pis-anan, Sibalom and in Patnongon towns where voting was delayed.

The Board of Election Tellers for Pis-anan found out early Monday morning that they lost vital documents such as the Election Day Computerized Voters List and Posted Computerized Voters List for barangay and SK voters.

The two precincts in Patnongon had mistakenly swapped their forms.

“The forms for Pis-anan had to be reprinted while for Patnongon had to be exchanged which caused the delay,” Salazar said. (PNA)


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