WASHINGTON, D.C.—With less than two weeks to go before the deadline for the registration of overseas absentee voters, the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States are working double time to get as many qualified Filipinos as possible to participate in next year’s elections in the Philippines.
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said that 35,400 Filipinos across the US had registered as overseas absentee voters as of October 12, 2012. This brings to 84,459 the total number of overseas absentee voters in the US and its trust territories of Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas who can now vote for national elective positions in the Philippines.[box type=”default” size=”large”] 35,400 Filipino-Americans have already registered — Cuisia [/box]With 14 days remaining until the end of the current registration period, Ambassador Cuisia reiterated the appeal of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario to the Filipino community for its invaluable support in making next year’s political exercise meaningful by ensuring the widest participation of Filipinos overseas.
“Those among us who are qualified are reminded of their sacred duty to vote for the kind of leaders who will lead the Philippines to the path of progress,” Cuisia said as he urged Filipinos to exercise their right to vote in national elections in the Philippines as provided for by Republic Act No. 9189 or the Overseas Absentee Voting Act or 2003.
“We are hopeful that we will receive the support and enthusiasm of all Filipinos in America,” he said, adding that the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Consulates General in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Guam and Saipan have made overseas absentee voting registration a key component of their consular outreach programs.
“We continue to exert efforts to reach out to our kababayans and impress on them the significant role that they play in molding our country’s future by choosing the leaders of our nation,” the ambassador said.