Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday that he is in favor of abolishing the election of barangay officials because it is divisive, expensive and counter-productive.
Barangay officials should instead be appointed by the president, the Department of Interior and Local Government, or a committee, he said.
While a national campaign could cost P10 billion, Marañon said his conservative estimate is that barangay election candidates nationwide spend about P50 billion.
If there are 142,000 barangay captain seats nationwide times three candidates per barangay that would be about 426,000 bets, he said.
If each bet spends at least P100,000 that would be about P42 billion and if they spend only P50,000 each, about P21 billion, he added.
On the other hand, if 20 bets run for kagawad in each of the 142,000 barangays of the country that would be 2,840,000 candidates, he said.
If each of the 2,840,000 bets for kagawad spend P10,000 each for their campaigns that would be P28 billion, he said.
The governor said that, except for some isolated cases, the barangay elections in Negros Occidental on Monday were peaceful and credible.
He called on the newly-elected barangay officials to perform.
Meanwhile, Comelec figures yesterday afternoon of the voter turn-out in 11 cities and 19 towns in Negros Occidental was about 73.19 percent.
San Carlos and Bacolod cities had not submitted their figures yet.*CPG