"For more than 3 months, my boss Andy Bautista received a lot of flak from media, the politicians, and the general public. But he took the criticisms like a man.
Today, with his head held high, he can proudly report:
81% voter turnout--the highest in years;
94% transmission--the quickest in years; and
450,000 overseas voters--3x the size of 2013.
Great job, Chairman Andy!
Congratulations, sir!" - Kris Ablan of COMELEC
I hope you would agree that COMELEC has a very fast turnaround time. They have finally started coping up with technology. Kudos to the people responsible - to Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista, his team and to all the teachers or BEIs, poll watchers, volunteers, PPCRV, NAMFREL, and the rest of the unsung heroes in this election.
Hats off also to the debates which may not be 100% satisfying but at least gave everyone a glimpse of the candidates for President and Vice President. I know it would be very difficult for a senatorial debate since there are just too many candidates for the position.
In the above photo taken by COMELEC's Kris Ablan are COMELEC Chairman Andy Bautista, Commissioner Luie Tito Guia and NCR Director Temie Lambino.
I like how the COMELEC Chairman smiles after every interview , reassuring us that everything will be OK. I am in awe how he can be so chill amidst all the criticism. He has been so patient, explaining again and again. He will have to keep being patient as there are always people whining and complaining. I saw how gracious and dignified Mr. Andy Bautista was, during his pre-election interviews...and despite the criticisms, he remained straightforward in his answers. Thank you everyone for all your efforts and may you be blessed a hundredfold! Congratulations Chairman Bautista for your huge contribution towards nation building-we salute you on a job well done!
How about you, would you agree that the COMELEC and the rest of the volunteers delivered beyond expectations?
When you have presidential contenders conceding less than 24 hours after the completion of the election, you know you have done a fantastic job. The COMELEC brought honor to the Comelec by staging a credible election. It will take more years to truly overhaul the system but they can definitely do it.
The voter turnout is partly due to the rising awareness and nationalism of the Filipino people. The high turn-out of voters could also be credited to Mayor Duterte since many registered and sacrificed just to vote for him. Aside from the malfunctioned VCMs the election was really smooth.
DepEd should now try to reward the BEIs by giving their pay appropriately and on time, and the COMELEC's only concern right now is to answer the very few complaints or issues regarding the erroneous display of counts for Chiz Escudero which the camp of Bongbong Marcos is saying as a mistake intended to cheat them. Please further clarify these pieces of information for the sake of the General public? I know that GMA has already issued a public apology for the "typo" error they have apparently committed. But this was also the case at CNN Philippines.