Via Phone Patch naka panayam nila ang Chair Person na Si Andress Bautista. may isang tanong si Howie na sablay ang sagot ni Bautista. nung tinanong siya about sa LATE FILING SA SOCE ng LP. eto po sagot niya''WALA PONG KAPANGYARIHAN ANG COMELEC PARA HINDI TANGGAPIN ANG LATE FILING''
Acording sa interview , Maayos na daw ang PAG UUSAP niya sa anim na COMMISIONER na Pumirma sa Memorandum laban sa kanya. Ah ok! good luck sayo sir! Pero duda ang bayan sa PALABAS NA YAN. parang may mali! parang drama drama lang yan. Dapat ang Mag habla ay mismong TAONG BAYAN. at isa a. Ka duda duda na 6 out of 7 commisioner samantalang ang Voting sa LATE FILING ay pabor ang apat kontra sa tatlo. hindi ba nakaka duda mga kababayan? parang naghuhugas kamay ang ilang Commissioners. ?? bakit? natural! siyempre! para hindi sila mapag initan ng tao. at bumango mga pangalan nila. at ma abswelto sila sa damay damay na asuntong kina kaharap nila.
The memo was signed by 6 of 7 Comelec members: commissioners Christian Lim, Luie Guia, Al Parreño, Arthur Lim, Rowena Guanzon, and Sheriff Abas.
Arthur Lim said he signed the letter "with a heavy heart." He said his concurrence is also "subject to
(1) validation of certain material facts; and
(2) observance of due process and material courtesy."
Guia, Parreño, and Abas joined Arthur Lim in saying they signed the memo "with a heavy heart."
In their memo, the commissioners, for one, mentioned the delay in paying teachers who served as boards of election inspectors (BEIs).
They said Republic Act 10756 says it is an election offense not to pay BEIs "within 15 days from the date of elections."
They said the Comelec's Finance Services Department, which is under Bautista’s office, "has failed to comply with the mandatory provision of law."
"The provision of cash cards from the Land Bank of the Philippines containing no funds does not only constitute an election offense, but may be considered as estafa as well," the commissioners said.
"Up to now, we are unaware of the efforts of the Office of the Chairman on how this problem is being remedied. Instead of seeking for solutions or apologizing to the teachers, the Chairman now attempts to downplay the number of teachers that have remained unpaid," they added.
They also hit Bautista for supposedly "blaming the election officers for the delay in payment due to their reluctance to use cash cards."
"Instead of finding solutions, the Chairman simply passed the buck to the unfortunate election officers, who, aside from being unpaid in mobilization and relocation expenses, are now liable for an election offense under Republic Act 10756," they said.
Another issue brought up by the 6 Comelec commissioners involves the upcoming barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections.
They criticized Bautista for saying in the media that the barangay and SK elections should be postponed.
"The Commission en banc is a collegial body, yet the Chairman, in media interviews, made an assertion to have the barangay and SK elections postponed notwithstanding the fact that the Commission en banc was never consulted on the matter," the 6 commissioners said.
"The Commission on Elections exists primarily for the holding of elections," they said, adding that Bautista's "unilateral statement" places the Comelec "in a bad light as being lazy."