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Widow of slain Bayan Muna member 1st to file candidacy in Samar

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
March 13, 2007

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  Concepcion "Dayday" de Luna, widow of the late Dominador de Luna, the slain Bayan Muna member was the first ever candidate to file a certificate of candidacy as member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

According to COMELEC Samar Provincial Office, de Luna filed her candidacy on the first week of March.

De Luna is a re-electionist and was serving as SP when unknown elements gunned down her husband while on his tour of duty as NFA employee.

No other provincial candidate has been known to have filed with COMELEC Samar.

Meanwhile Municipal Election Officers have flocked to the COMELEC Provincial Office for a ‘voters cleansing‘ process where unqualified voters are weeded out and legitimate ones remain.

In Daram, an island southwest of Catbalogan and area of the slain Mayor Benito Astorga, Election officer July Uy bared that total voters of this town with 58 barangays totaled 19,423 with an increase of only 767.

Uy said that Daram is ready with the elections although no candidate has filed in his office yet. He said that the people have reported to him about the presence of government soldiers though he has yet to meet them.

In the adjacent island town of Zumarraga , Election officer Rodrigo Mabulay said that Noel Edwin Figueroa, son of Mayor Neliptha and Samar second district Representative Catalino ‘Cata’ Figueroa has already filed his candidacy. Some 14 candidates in Zumarraga have now lodged their candidacy at his office, Mabulay said.

In another island town Almagro located west, northwest of Catbalogan, Election Officer Lito Villa said that there are no filers yet though rumors are rife that a former mayor Raul Escalante will be the political opponent of incumbent Mayor Rustico Talon now on his third term.

In remote Matuginao, Election Officer Fernando Aquino bared that his list of voters have been totally cleansed and that only a total of 687 were added to his official list of voters.

Matuginao is reachable through the Gandara River by sailing/cruising three to four hours.

Unlike in other areas where teachers are averse to the presence of the military, Aquino said that teachers who serve usually seek the presence of army elements for security especially in most remote barangays.

Amidst the cleansing and weeding out of voters either for transfer or sheer disqualification COMELEC Personnel Renato Gaditano said that they have cleansed 70% of the list of voters in the entire Samar Province.