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15/04/2013: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN GUAM STARTS OVERSEAS VOTING PERIOD

The Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam officially launched the voting period for Filipino overseas voters on Saturday, 13 April 2013.  In accordance with COMELEC Resolution NO. 9618, the voting period commenced at 8:00AM and ended at 4:00PM.

While the voting procedure for overseas voting in Guam and the CNMI is Postal Voting, two (2) registered voters dropped by the Consulate General to submit their ballots.  A total of ten (10) ballots were received last Saturday, while twenty-eight (28) were received on Sunday, 14 April.  As such the total number of ballots received for the first weekend of overseas voting on Guam is thirty-eight (38).

(Left photo) Mr. Rolly Zepeda casting his vote during the first day of the overseas voting period on Saturday, 13 April 2013.  (Right photo) Consul Maria Paz Cortes, accompanied by SBRCG Chairman Francisco Magno (center) announcing the start of the overseas voting period, as Mr. Christian Mahilum of the Guam Filipino Artists look on.

To announce the start of the voting period and to encourage registered voters to cast their ballots, the Consulate General did media rounds, in addition to announcements posted on its website and Facebook page.  Consul Maria Paz Cortes visited Guam's longest-running Filipino radio talk show Damdaming Pinoy last Saturday, 13 April, to inform Filipinos on Guam and the CNMI about the start of the voting period as well as the procedures to be observed in accomplishing the ballots.  Those who have not received their ballots were also advised to visit the Consulate General's website: www.philippinesguam.org and Facebook page: Agana PCG, to verify if their ballots are available at the Consulate General since some were returned as undeliverable by the postal office.

On Sunday, 14 April 2013, Consul Cortes together with Mr. Francisco Magno, Chairman of the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group for the elections, were also interviewed at the radio art talk show Kamusta Kabayan.  Incidentally, Mr. Rolly Zepeda, President of the Guam Filipino Artists and co-host of the show Kamusta Kabayan, was the first overseas voter who visited the Consulate General on Saturday to personally submit his accomplished ballot.

The month-long overseas voting period will end on Monday, 13 May 2013, at 9:00PM, Guam time (7:00PM, Philippine time).  For the duration of the voting period, the Consulate General will be open to receive ballots every day, including Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.END

SBRCG Chairman Francisco Magno, Consul Maria Paz Cortes, GFA Member Christian Mahilum, together with Kamusta Kabayan Hosts GFA President Rolly Zepeda, Ms. Marilyn Nicely and Ms. KristIne Zepeda.