Why not include congressmen in ballots of overseas Filipino voters?

MANILA, Philippines — Why not allow overseas Filipino voters to elect their congressmen?

Some senators issued this suggestion in a bid to encourage more overseas Filipino voters to participate in the elections.

This idea was first broached by Senator Francis Tolentino during the deliberations on the budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday.

“To really expand the coverage of the overseas voting system, why don’t we include the congressmen? Why don’t we include the congressmen in the ballot?” Tolentino said.

“It will generate the participation of our kababayans [fellow Filipinos] who are clustered culturally, the Batangeos, the Caviteos of LA, the Iloca…

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