Her Comelec registration record deactivated after 2 failures to vote
Philippine movie “megastar” Sharon Cuneta–one of the most sought after commercial and political endorsers and daughter of an influential political family in Pasay Cit—did not cast her ballot in previous elections and was, thus, dropped from the roll of voters by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
According to Pasay City election officer Frances Aguindadao-Arabe, the deactivation of Cuneta’s registration record was caused by her failure to vote in two preceding consecutive regular elections, as mandated by Republic Act 8189 (The Voter’s Registration Act).
Cuneta’s registration record—showing that she has been a resident of District 1’s Barangay 75 for 31 years—has no photograph, signature and biometrics data.
Cuneta is the wife of former senator Francis Pangilinan, who is eyeing a Senate comeback, and a niece of reelectionist senator, Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd. Her late father, Pablo Cuneta, was mayor of Pasay City (Metro Manila) for 41 years, making him the longest-serving mayor in Philippine political history.
A source of The Manila Times said the 49-year-old singer-actress reportedly requested the Pasay City Comelec office to bring over the computer and its peripherals used in registering voters to her house so she can reactivate her registration record without the hassle of getting mobbed when she goes to the Comelec offices.
Her demand was not granted, however.
Aguindadao-Arabe said Cuneta may not be able to vote in next year’s elections if she fails to reactivate her registration record until the end of the month or the deadline set for the registration of voters.
If ever Cuneta opts to exercise her right to vote, she needs to go this time to District 1’s satellite registration office at the Mall of Asia.
“We encourage Miss Cuneta to exercise her right to vote. As an influential celebrity, we hope that she can be a role model to many Filipinos by participating in the election process,” Felton Sadang of the Comelec Pasay City District 1 office said.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista urged the public to register on the last two weeks of the month of October so as to participate in the 2016 elections.
“From October 17 to 31, we call on our voters to validate their biometrics. Comelec offices will be open for 12 hours for the next 2 weeks,” he said.