Another 21,000 overseas Filipinos register for absentee voting


MANILA, Philippines–An additional 21,040 Filipinos worldwide have registered as overseas absentee voters (OAVs), bringing to 53,397 the total number of Filipinos living or working in other countries who have registered during the past five and a half months, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In a report posted on its website, the DFA on Monday said Philippine nationals based in Los Angeles, California, topped the list of OAV registrants with 3,305, followed by those in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2,842; Milan, Italy, 2,525; Tel Aviv, Israel, 2,500; Singapore, 2,369; Hong Kong, 2,149; London, 1,901; Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,820; San Francisco, California, 1,624; and Rome, Italy, 1,489.

Rounding out the top 20 places were Toronto, Canada, 1,453; Manama, Bahrain, 1,156; New York, 1,080; Macau, 983; Beirut, Lebanon, 978; Barcelona, Spain, 949; Honolulu, Hawaii, 948; Vancouver, Canada, 933; Washington, DC, 929; Chicago, Illinois, 898.

OAV registration is also being conducted at Terminals 1 and 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario earlier directed the country’s 67 embassies and 23 consulates abroad to intensify further their respective OAV registration programs.

Raul Hernandez, the DFA spokesperson, said the country’s diplomatic posts worldwide “continue to exert all possible efforts to increase the number of OAV registrants and voters for the 2013 national elections.”

He disclosed that “our foreign service posts have touched base with Filipino communities and local government organizations, civil society groups, as well as church and other Filipino groups.”

The same posts “also launched multimedia campaigns, using various social networking sites, among others,” Hernandez added.

The 12-month OAV registration, which started on Oct. 13, 2011, runs until Oct. 31 this year.

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  • BatangSingapore

    eto ang siguradong pagkukunan ng susunod na pandaraya sa eleksyon.  marami nga OFW pero kapag nasa ibang bansa na ito at nakita ang pamamalakad ng gobyerno duon, ay siguradong nawawalan ito ng interest sa eleksyon ng pilipinas.

    kaya’t nakakapag taka kung bakit dumadami ang gustong bumoto kahit nasa labas na ito ng bansa.

    • resortman

      Tama ka dyan, yan din saloobin ng nakararaming mga kasamahan dito sa Saudi. Dito sa Eastern province na napakadaming populasyon ng pinoy, Al Khobar and Dammam and Dharan areas, halos lahat ng napagtanong namin ay walang interes sa eleksyon lalot wala naman silang nararamdaman na magandang layunin sa kinabukasan. Kaya talagang nakapagtataka ang istoryang ito, ito malamang ang source ng hokus pokus sa darating na eleksyon. Ano kaya masasabi ng maiingay na Migrante?

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