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Malapitan: Keep teachers in election board

Caloocan mayoral candidate Rep. Oscar Malapitan called on the Commission on Elections to ask its local office to explain why the composition of the Board of Election Inspectors is being changed at the last minute. He echoed the concern raised by Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers over the replacement of public school teachers to fill in the slot of the board’s third member in the first district of Caloocan City. “This is an irregular move since the law provides that, unless there is a shortage in the locality, public school teachers shall be appointed as the BEI. In this case, there are more than enough teachers who are willing and able to serve,” Tinio said. The BEI is composed of a chairman, a poll clerk and a third member  which according to law should all be a teacher and for reasons under election laws, a non-teacher is allowed as replacement, according to Malapitan. “The are many teachers here in Caloocan, especially in district 1,” he said. School superintendent Cora Gonzales told Manila Standard that she submitted the 2010 BEI list to Comelec for the midterm elections but “those listed are already deactivated.” She said local Comelec district 1 officer whom she named as  Mrs. De Guia was more knowledgeable of the process. Gonzales admitted there was amply number of mentors in the city confirmed that there are no shortage in teachers in Caloocan City. The public information officer of Mayor Recom Echiverri was reached but was unavailable for comment.
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