By Leslie Ann Aquino
Ricardo Dalisay, the character being played by Coco Martin in the television series “Ang Probinsyano,” won as barangay chairman during the Commission on Elections mock polls held today at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila.
Dalisay garnered 16 votes in one precinct in Barangay 20 besting other characters in the series Lucas Cabrera (Edu Manzano) and Delfin Borja (Jaime Fabregas).
Diana Olegario (Angel Aquino), on the other hand, garnered the most votes for Barangay Kagawad with 22 votes.
For the Sangguniang Kabataan polls, Brandon Cabrera, played by the character of Mark Anthony Fernandez, won as SK chairman with 8 votes. He bested other characters in another series “The Good Son” such as Enzo Buenavidez (Jerome Ponce), Oliver “Obet” Reyes (McCoy de Leon), and Calvin Gesmundo (Nash Aguas).
The simulation of the voting and canvassing of votes started at 7 a.m. with at least 100 voters from two precincts set to participate in the mock polls as part of the poll body’s preparation for the May 14 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
During the simulation, poll officials noted a number of issues such as the voter interchanging the ballots for the village and youth elections.
“One of the issues is with the 18 to 30 years old. The voter interchanged the ballots for SK and Barangay,” Comelec acting chairman Al Parreno said in a press briefing.
“The solution here is voter education thats why we are partnering with the National Youth Commission to help educate those who will receive two ballots,” he added.
Parreno said they noted also a confusion among the teachers in terms of handling the voting of the 18 to 30.
“Starting May 2 there will be a training for the teachers who will serve as Board of Election Tellers,” he said.
The acting poll chief said they will also have a discussion with the Philippine National Police on how they should react whenever there is a tense situation.
“As we know the barangay election is one of the most hotly contested so we need the help of the PNP and AFP,” said Parreno said.
Despite the issues, Commissioner Sheriff Abas said overall the conduct of the simulation went well.
“The problems are very minimal,” he said.
“Rest assured that we will do our best to ensure the smooth conduct of the May 14 polls,” Abas added
The commissioner said the issues that cropped up during the mock polls will be discussed in their en banc on Monday.