Comelec probes ‘unpaid’ support staff in Himamaylan

Posted by watchmen
November 24, 2023


By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is also scrutinizing the issue of alleged unpaid support staff hired for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Negros Occidental’s Himamaylan City.

Atty. Dennis Ausan, Comelec in Western Visayas director, confirmed the report, but he did not disclose the number of support staff hired in Himamaylan.

Ausan added that the formal investigation has concluded, and they are awaiting the Comelec central office’s decision.

Comelec, in a statement last week, said the honorarium of 660 support staff for local elections in neighboring Kabankalan City is pending its decision.

Ausan said the administrative and criminal liabilities of the city election officers are still unknown.

The Himamaylan City government was initially prepared to assist the unpaid support staff hired for the local elections, but it is seeking legal grounds before providing the aid.

Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson said the city acting election officer had not approached his office.

He was informed about Comelec’s formal investigation.

Tongson is looking for a legal basis before providing assistance to the unpaid support staff.

He emphasized that it is the Comelec’s obligation to provide aid, and not the local government unit.

It is noted that the hiring of support staff for the barangay elections this year was not authorized.

Tongson said there might be a different interpretation of the Comelec memorandum, which is currently being processed for the release of their honorarium./DGB, WDJ


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