Pag-asa Island in West PH Sea opened for barangay, SK elections
MANILA, Philippines – Thanks to the efforts of the military, even Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) opened for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, May 14.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Carlito Galvez Jr said the military successfully delivered election paraphernalia to remote areas like Pag-asa Island, Turtle Island in Palawan, and the Batanes Group of Islands in Northern Luzon.
About a hundred Filipinos live in Pag-asa, considered the sole barangay of the municipality of the Kalayaan Group of Islands. (READ: The residents of Pag-asa: Life on a disputed island)
"All the 174,000 precincts were all opened for the first time, 100% [by] 11:30 am," said Galvez. "The Comelec (Commission on Elections) is elated that, for the first time, 100% of the precincts opened."
This total excludes areas like Marawi City where voting was suspended.
The AFP, which deployed 30,000 forces to assist the police and the Comelec, played key roles in various areas nationwide.
In Tagoloan town in Lanao del Norte, military assistance allowed precincts to open even if otherwise late at 10:30 am.
In Lanao del Sur, the AFP also deployed its troops to areas considered as hot spots. The Comelec earlier mulled suspending elections in the province but it pushed through. – Rappler.com