THIS ONE'S FOR RIPLEY | Barangay in Maguindanao has 2 precincts with one voter each
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MANILA, Philippines – This one's for Ripley.
Barangay Masigay in Maguindanao province's recently created Datu Salibo town has two precincts with one registered voter each, according to the January 17, 2013 memorandum of lawyer Divina Blas-Perez, acting director of the Election and Barangay Affairs Department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Perez identified the precincts as 0038A and 0039A, which are subject for clustering into another barangay to maximize the utilization of poll equipment, machines, and paraphernalia for the May 13, 2013 national and local elections.
Data from the National Statistical Coordination Board show that as of 2010, Masigay, which is among the 17 barangays in Datu Salibo, has a total population of 136.
Datu Salibo, which has a total population of 15,062 as of May 2010, was only established in 2009 during the reign of the Ampatuans in Maguindanao when the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Assembly's Muslim Mindanao Act 223 was ratified by the Comelec through a plebiscite.
The two precincts in Barangay Masigay are among the 20 precincts that have minimal number of registered voters. The Comelec discovered about these low-voter precincts after it implemented in the ARMM the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, a cleansing and purging process of the voters’ list with double or multiple registrants.
ARMM is tagged as the cheating capital of the Philippines during elections. Data from the National Statistics Office showed ARMM population was bloated to 4.1 million in 2007, the same period when allegations of massive electoral fraud surfaced. The figure was reduced to 3.3 million after a revalidation in 2010.