HK, S'pore Pinoy voters cast votes in Moscow


MANILA – A new Commission on Elections (Comelec) rule now allows Filipino registered voters to cast their votes at another Foreign Service Post (FSP) near their residence or place of work.

Under the rule, those who may vote at another FSP should be registered voters with active registration status.

After the new rule was circulated by the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, seven Filipinos immediately took the opportunity to cast their votes last April 26. Six were from Hong Kong and one from Singapore.

The first to avail of the new rule in Moscow was Imelda Ferrer, a registered voter at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong but recently moved to Moscow for employment reasons.

"Salamat po sa pagkakataong ito na kahit sa Hong Kong po kami naka-register binigyan po kami ng tsansa na makaboto dito sa Moscow...dahil sayang po yong boto namin as an OFW. Maraming maraming salamat po sa pagkakataong ito at nakaboto kami," said Ferrer.

Voting right after Ferrer was Berginia Antiquin, also a registered voter in Hong Kong. 

"Salamat po dahil nakapunta ako dito para bumuto. Akala ko wala na akong tsansa na bumoto dito," said Ferrer. 

To ensure the smooth implementation of this new rule, Comelec had set up verification hotlines between Philippine FSPs and the Office for Overseas Voting. Because of this hotline, it only took less than five minutes to verify if each voter had active registrations. In addition, the hotline system is designed to make sure that double voting is prevented.