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Salceda’s transfer of voter registration questioned

Jul 21, 2015 @ 1:40

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will rule within 10 days whether it will approve the application of Albay Governor Joey Salceda to be considered as a registered voter of Daraga town in Albay.

Salceda has transferred his voter registration from his hometown in Polangui to Daraga in preparation for his plan to run as congressman of Albay’s 2nd District, according to reports from Bicol Standard.

The Albay governor has brought along with him to the hearing at the Election Registration Board (ERB) of Comelec Daraga the officials of Barangay Penafrancia, his alleged new residence, to bolster his claim that he has been a resident of Daraga for at least eight years.

A local radio broadcaster, Jess Magayanes, has filed an opposition to Salceda’s application.

Magayanes said he possesses documents disproving Salceda’s claim.

The reporter works at Radyo Siram, a station allegedly owned by the family of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Christopher Co.

Co is also eyeing the same congressional district as Salceda.

Magayanes, however, said on Radyo Veritas that no one asked or directed him to object to Salceda’s application.

A member of the Liberal Party, Salceda is on his last term as Albay governor, having been elected in 2007.

He was a three-term representative of the 3rd District of Albay before being appointed as presidential chief of staff by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 10, 2007, a post he briefly held for only a month.

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