VILLASIS, Pangasinan – Villasinians who exercised their right to vote on Monday are optimistic that their ballots will go a long way.
“Siguro kailangan lang ng pagbabago rin diba? Kailangan ng improvement,” Criselda Obedoza told abs-cbnNEWS.com after casting her vote in the Barangay elections at the Villasis Central School in Pangasinan.
The 27-year-old and her town mates took part in the manual Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.
Karen Lagmay, 17, also hoped that the election results will bring about change in her barangay.
“Para mapaganda ‘yung takbo ng kabataan sa barangay namin,” said the SK Chairman Zone III candidate.
If she wins, Lagmay said she plans to initiate a garbage segregation project.
Lagmay’s cousin, 15-year-old Delilah Lagmay, is running for kagawad. She said she is vying for such position to be a role model.
“Para maging ehemplo sa mga kabataan… na kaya [kong] maging kagawad sa barangay,” she stated.
Some Villasinians voted to support their relatives or friends.
Saleslady Belinda Mendones, 37, voted for her cousin while Rolando Balagot voted for his brother.
“Para mapaganda ang barangay naming,” said Balagot.
For businesswoman Nenita Javier, her constitutional right to vote is enough reason for her to cast her vote.
“Right mo ‘yun as a citizen,” she stressed.
Willy de Vera echoed Javier’s statement. “As a Filipino, kailangan bumoto. Kapag ‘di ka bumoto, magiging absentee ka. Sayang ang karapatan,” he said.
De Vera added that he also voted because his father is a kagawad aspirant.
Voting in the Villasis Central School began at 7 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m.
Poll watchers Carlito Carig and Jaime Mendoza Dabalos, Jr. said that all is well with the elections, save for some glitches involving voters who could not find their names in the list.
“Ayos lang. Mapayapa,” noted Carig. – Report by Ma. Rosanna Mina, abs-cbnNEWS.com