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Soraya endorsing 4 Senate bets

Princess Soraya Jaafar, the estranged wife of Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez Jr., said she is endorsing four national candidates but did not name  any local candidate in Bacolod City she might support.

Jaafar said that if she  is  seen during political sorties in Bacolod, it is because she is endorsing the candidacies of former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar , Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and senatorial candidate Grace Po of Team PNoy, and senatorial bet Nancy Binay of United Nationalist Alliance.

She said she is a close friend of the Villar family, while Escudero, who was her batchmate in Congress, is the godfather of her daughter.

Binay’s son is a classmate of her daughter, while Poe is her “barkada,” she added.

Meanwhile, acting Bacolod Election Officer Salud Milagros Villanueva said there is no specific date yet for the delivery of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines for Bacolod.

Villanueva said there will be a final testing and sealing of the PCOS machines and, after that, these will be opened on election day.

They are expecting 311 PCOS machines  to be delivered by the end of April or the first week of May, she said. They also expect to be sent spare machines in case one of them breaks down, she added.

Villanueva reminded voters that if there is over-voting for a particular position,  the PCOS will not credit any vote for that particular position in the ballot.

She said for instance, that if a voter chooses 13 candidates for the position of councilor when only 12 are  required, the PCOS machine will not credit any vote for this position.

Villanueva, however, said the PCOS machine will credit other positions that are not affected in the ballot.

For the position of senator, there are only 12 candidates needed, so if a voter writes the names of 12 candidates or less than the required number, this will be read by the PCOS machine, she said.

A voter can only choose one party list and if more than one is chosen, the PCOS machine will not credit the  vote for the partylist position, she added.*CGS





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