At least 956 Board of Election Tellers (BETs) or public school teachers might face an “administrative liability” before the Department of Education (DepEd) for refusing to serve in the barangay polls in Maguindanao.
Election chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. in a press briefing said he would ask the DepEd to pursue administrative proceedings for possibility of these teachers, “if any.”
“We have to discuss this later with the Education Secretary Armin Luistro,” Brillantes said.
Because of the teachers’ refusal to serve, the police trainees served as the BETs in the barangay polls in Maguindanao.
The teachers said they refused to serve in the barangay elections for security reasons, the Comelec said.
Brillantes said if the teachers were just making (lame) excuses not to serve in the barangay elections they will be sanctioned for their actions.
The barangay elections in some areas in Maguindanao were suspended after the BETs refused to serve.
The Comelec, meantime, suspended the elections in 94 barangays, in which most of them located in the conflict-ridden Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) after public school teachers refused to serve as BETs.
According to Commission on Elections Director for Elections and Barangay Affairs Department Teofisto Elnas, 66 of the 94 barangays are in the ARMM, including 51 in Lanao del Sur, three in Maguindanao, six in Basilan, and two in Tawi-Tawi.