“Election Day heroes”, or those that have been wounded and killed while ensuring the security of the elections last May 9, may soon be able to receive financial assistance from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez revealed that a pending request had already been submitted before the en banc to
This was after his office received reports of soldiers murdered and injured while ensuring the safety of delivery of the vote-counting machines and other election paraphernalia.
Jimenez shared the untimely death of Private First Class Louiden Quebec, who was killed in an ambush by suspected communist rebels in Gamay, Northern Samar while assisting the delivery of VSMs last May 7, 2014. Private Michael Cagata was also wounded in the same incident.
These Election Day heroes do not just apply to security and the military. Comelec also announced that there were reports of election workers and members of the Board of Election Inspectors succumbing to extreme exhaustion, stress and cardiac arrest while on Election Day duty.
Last May 10, 21-year-old poll clerk Caren Joy Mediodia Mirana died of extreme exhaustion and cardiac arrest while serving nonstop at a polling precinct in Barangay 114, Pasay City.
Utility clerk Manuel Salgado of the Office of the City Election Officer, Pasay City, also died of cardiac arrest last April 22 in the middle of preparations for the May 9 polls.
Jimenez acknowledges the great sacrifice these heroes committed to ensure the safety and transparency of the elections.
“The Filipino people owes a huge debt of gratitude to these men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice just to ensure that the May 9, 2016 National Elections are conducted in the most efficient, credible, and transparent manner."