Friday, 7 May 2010

229,000 teachers to serve in polls

But many not able to vote
By GENALYN KABILING
Manila Bulletin
http://mb.com.ph/articles/256250/229000-teachers-serve-polls

Around 229,000 teachers are ready to serve and ensure the integrity of the elections but more than half of them are pleading to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow them to vote in the polls, according to Department of Education.

Education undersecretary Franklin Sunga Thursday appealed anew to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo not to deprive more than 100,000 teachers of their right to vote even as they fulfill their electoral duties.

Sunga, in a news conference in the Palace, bewailed that Comelec made a “mistake” when it removed teachers from list of registered voters supposedly after for failing to vote for two consecutive elections.

Many of our teachers cannot vote because Comelec had deactivated without any factual basis for doing so. We have asked Comelec time and time again, several communications, up to now there is a resounding silence from Comelec,” he said in a news conference in the Palace.

“We are asking the Comelec to support our teachers. We hope they will listen to the plight of the teachers and not to punish the teachers for doing their job,” he added.

Sunga acknowledged that Comelec is swamped with other problems related to the elections but expressed hope it would heed the appeal of the public school teachers. "The right to vote is a sacred right that should be observed by Comelec first and foremost.”

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