LOOK: Some House members cast votes in early morning of election day
MANILA, Philippines — Several lawmakers went early this morning to the polling centers in their districts to cast their votes for 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).
On Monday morning, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda said he was the 188th voter in his precinct at Barangay Penafrancia in Daraga town.
Meanwhile, president’s son and Ilocos Norte 1st District Represenative Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos voted at Calayab Elementary School in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.
On the other hand, Manila 3rd District Representative Joel Chua voted at Mabini Elementary School in Quiapo, Manila.
Another Manila lawmaker, 6th District Representative Bienvenido Abante, went to Sta. Ana Elementary School in Barangay 875 to pick his preferred barangay candidates.
Former president and now Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo voted at Lubao Elementary School in Pampanga on Monday morning.
Arroyo represents the second district of the province.
Agri Party-list Representative Wilbert Lee, meanwhile, voted at Burabod Elementary School in Barangay Polvorista, Sorsogon city.
For his part, CIBAC party-list Representative Eddie Villanueva went to his hometown in Bocaue, Bulacan, to vote.
“Remember that the barangay leaders who will be elected today will determine the quality of public service and development, not only in our respective barangays, but also in the entire nation,” he noted.
“So, go out and vote wisely,” the House member advised his fellow Filipinos.
Villanueva’s polling precinct is at Bunlo Elementary School in Bocaue.
Polling precincts across the nation opened on Monday at 7:00 a.m. for BSKE.
Barangay polls were last held in May 2018 or five years ago.
It was supposed to be conducted in 2022, but a law suspending the elections was passed in October 2022.
According to lawmakers who supported the bill, the suspension was aimed at saving money since the pandemic had affected the country’s finances.