Comelec commissioners asks Bautista to explain delay in the release of teachers’ honoraria

MANILA — All the six Commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have asked Chairman Juan Andres Bautista to explain the delayed in the release of the honoraria of teachers and other election workers that served in the May 9 national and local polls.

According to a radio report, the poll body officials, in a memorandum has given the Comelec chief until Tuesday to give an explanation on the late release of the payment for the some 476,000 election workers for more than 15 days.

“Under the new law, Republic Act No. 10756 mandating the voluntary service of teachers, Section 10 thereof provides that it is an election offense in the event the Commission fails to pay within 15 days from the date of elections, the honorary and per dimes due to teachers who served in the elections. The Finance Services Department, which is under the Office of the Chairman, has failed to comply with the mandatory provision of the law,” the memorandum said.

The Commissioners added, “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.”

Likewise, they asked Bautista to answer the damages being claimed by a mall owner from the poll body after the proposed mall voting, which is being pushed by the former did not pushed through.

The commissioners noted an official from the mall company wrote to Comelec “demanding payment” for election paraphernalia supposed to be used for the project, that was cancelled in April 2016.

The signatories of the memorandum are: Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Rowena Guanzon, Arthur Lim, Luie Tito Guia, Al Parreño, and Sheriff Abas. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/