Baguio SK Chairpersons Stage Rally in Protest of Harassment; Seek Declaration of SK Federation Poll Results Null and Void

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Baguio SK Chairpersons Stage Rally in Protest of Harassment; Seek Declaration of SK Federation Poll Results Null and Void


Byline: Dexter A. See

BAGUIO CITY -- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons and their supporters staged a protest rally here Saturday afternoon, condemning what they alleged as continuous harassment on them by certain quarters.

They said they were being harassed so that they would not push through with their plan to file a petition to declare the SK federation elections null and void.

The protesters marched down Session Road, the city's main thoroughfare, airing their disappointment over the alleged "martial-law type" of SK federation elections that saw Gloria Isabel Veragara de Vera, a granddaughter of a former city official, emerge as the winning bet for chairperson.

The rallyists demanded that the elections be declared null and void and that another election, to be supervised by non-partisan people, is conducted.

Karen Salingbay, one of De Vera's rivals in the election, said that a text message had been circulating among the 128 SK chairpersons, especially those who have knowledge of the reported vote-buying and maneuvering, warning them that they would be disqualified from their present positions if they testify on the alleged fraud in the election.

It was learned that more than 80 SK chairpersons walked out of the polling center when they could no longer take the allegedly blatant favoritism and mockery of the electoral proceedings held last Thursday evening.

Most of those who walked out while the elections for the lower positions were being conducted started receiving threatening text messages in an attempt to silence them on what they experienced. …

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