MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday appealed to opposing parties in a recall case filed against Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado to respect the process after poll personnel complained that they were caught in a crossfire.
“This process is part of democracy, to make sure that only elected officials will hold elective office,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.
The Comelec office in Bulacan is verifying signatures on a recall petition filed against Alvarado by Perlita Mendoza.
Poll personnel complained that they have been criticized, harassed and threatened with lawsuits for doing their duty.
Jimenez said both parties should not take it against the Comelec personnel.
“Just like in basketball, you should not fight with the referee. Let’s just stay sober,” he said as he urged Comelec personnel to continue the process.