I’m sorry to everyone who commented or asked a question on this blog or in ecomelec, for not having been able to reply sooner. Anyway, I hope this post answers some – hopefully most – of your questions.
1. Teachers’ pay
a) The COMELEC is only giving 1,000 pesos, plus a transport allowance of 500 pesos. If the teachers also handled SK precincts, they get an additional 500 pesos. All in all, the minimum a teacher can get is 1,500 pesos; max, 2,000.
b) The idea that teachers would get 3 thousand stemmed from a Memorandum of Agreement between the COMELEC and the DepEd which mentioned that amount. What hasn’t been given focus is the fact that the MOA also says ‘subject to availability of funds.’ As it turns out, the DBM approved only the 500 peso transpo allowance – which is, therefore, the extent of the availability of funds.
c) Distribution of the funds for the payment of teachers is through the municipal treasurers, not the COMELEC field office.
2. Complaints etc.
a) Complaints about election campaign violations or flying voters should be documented (take pictures, shoot video, get samples), accompanied by the complainant’s affidavit, and submitted to the local COMELEC.
In the case of flying voters in particular, it’s important that you must have some sort of proof that they are registered elsewhere and that they’ve already voted there. Mere suspicions, doubts, apprehensions, concerns, or accusations don’t count.
b) If you have complaints about how the elections turned out (ex: those protesting their loss) consult a lawyer. If you’ve already retained or hired a lawyer, don’t let him bully you into asking the COMELEC what to do next – first of all, that’s his job; and second, the COMELEC will not give you an opinion. If you think you have a COMELEC opinion on your case, chances are, it’s an opinion that won’t hold any weight.
If i missed anything, please let me know.
Oh, and about my theory regarding the next Chairman’s term? I’ve been told that I was wrong.