More politi­cians ex­pected to woo Cebu’s 3M vot­ers

VOTE-RICH CEBU

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ros­alie O. Abatayo COR­RE­SPON­DENT /WITH A RE­PORT FROM RE­PORTER NESTLE L. SEMILLA

Cebu is a likely des­ti­na­tion for politi­cians vy­ing for na­tional po­si­tions in the 2019 midterm elec­tions.

This as Cebu’s vot­ing pop­u­la­tion has hit 3 mil­lion based on the data ob­tained at the Provin­cial (Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion) Com­elec Of­fice on Wed­nes­day.

Cebu Prov­ince, in­clud­ing highly ur­ban­ized cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, now has 3,082,621 vot­ers. This num­ber is over 300,000 higher than that of the May 2016 Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions and the 2018 Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions (BSKE).

Provin­cial Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor Lionel Marco Castil­lano said the rise in the prov­ince vot­ing pop­u­la­tion was due to the sup­posed mi­gra­tion of work­ers from other prov­inces in ur­ban­ized and in­dus­tri­al­ized LGUs of Cebu.

“Gawas sa mga batanon nga nag- 18, daghan ang mga na­mal­hin sa Cebu from neigh­bor­ing prov­inces to work. Tun­god ni siya sa atong econ­omy (Aside from the young vot­ers who just turned 18, Many peo­ple have moved to Cebu from neigh­bor­ing prov­inces to work. This is due to our econ­omy),” Castil­lano said.

He said that na­tional can­di­dates would be ex­pected to fre­quent the prov­ince be­cause of it be­ing a “vote-rich” one.

Among the sen­a­to­rial bets that had been in and out of Cebu for the past months is Ilo­cos Norte Gov. Imee Mar­cos, who is vy­ing for a Se­nate seat in the 2019 elec­tions.

Her lat­est visit was in the last week of Novem­ber where she vis­ited Barangay Tisa in Cebu City prior to her speak­ing en­gage­ment in the con­ven­tion of the Philip­pine Coun­cilor’s League (PCLCebu) at a posh ho­tel in the city’s up­town area.

Cebu City re­mains to have the rich­est vot­ing pop­u­la­tion in the prov­ince with 709,608 vot­ers ac­cu­mu­lated from the north and south dis­trict of the city. This is al­most 40,000 vot­ers more than that of the BSKE.

Man­daue City is sec­ond rich­est in vot­ing pop­u­la­tion in the whole prov­ince with 226,000 vot­ers fol­lowed by Lapu-Lapu City with 214,000 vot­ers.

Castil­lano said the num­ber of vot­ers counted were al­ready ver­i­fied by their na­tional head­quar­ters and had been val­i­dated to be free from dou­ble en­try.

Castil­lano also said that they would meet with po­lice of­fi­cials to­day (Dec. 6) to dis­cuss their prepa­ra­tions for the midterm elec­tions next year.

Chief Supt. De­bold Si­nas, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice in Cen­tral Visayas (PRO-7) di­rec­tor, said that they would present to the Com­elec their se­cu­rity plan for the elec­tions.

Si­nas also said that they would dis­cuss the gun ban ex­emp­tions, check­points and se­cu­rity of very im­por­tant per­sons.

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