Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos reminds candidates in the upcoming nationwide barangay and SK polls to put family first and promote goodwill in order to prevent violence and untoward incidents, this being traditionally one of the most hotly-contested elections in the country.
“Huwag masyadong magkainitan,” she says. “Malupit ang barangay election para sa akin – minamaliit ng iba, pero ang totoo, palibhasa mga kamag-anak, mga karruba (kapitbahay), mga kumadre’t kumpare ang naglalaban-laban.
“Minsan, nagkakasamahan ng loob at nauuwi sa sakitan, kaya’t importante na ‘wag gawing personalan. Eleksyon lang iyan. At the end of the day, we are still one family,” she added.
Governor Marcos also emphasized that it is important for voters to know the candidates in their areas very well.
“At sa ating mga SK [Sangguniang Kabataan]… sana ‘pag naupo na sila, suriin maigi kung ano talaga yung mga suliranin ng kabataan,” mentioning unemployment, teenage pregnancy, suicide, and cyber-bullying among the primary issues of Philippine youth.
Governor Marcos was the national chairman of the Kabataang Barangay (KB) during the 1980’s, after which SK is widely believed to be patterned.
Both the barangay and SK elections will be held on May 14 in 42,044 barangays throughout the country. The elected officials will assume office on on June 30