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As absentee voters, 1.2K soldiers stationed in Eastern Visayas cast ballots.

CITY OF CATBALOGAN, SAMAR – According to the Philippine Army, at least 1,249 soldiers in Eastern Visayas participated in the three-day local absentee vote.

Soldiers flocked to polling facilities inside the Army’s 8th Infantry Division (ID) headquarters in this city, the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Ormoc City, and the 78th Infantry Battalion in Borongan City from April 27 to 29.

“Some people registered for absentee voting, but they couldn’t vote since they were in the middle of a focused military operation. The vast majority of our soldiers will continue to vote in their individual local government units on a regular basis “Capt. Ryan Layug, the spokeswoman for the 8th ID, said

According to Layug, 1,249 of the 1,385 soldiers who registered for local absentee voting were able to participate.

Soldiers stationed in certain places for election responsibilities on May 9 are eligible to participate in the activity.

Meanwhile, Layug highlighted that soldiers in the region are neutral in their election security efforts.

“We are determined to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to elect our next leaders,” Layug said.

Hundreds of soldiers are expected to attend a ceremonial send-off on May 5 at the police regional office headquarters in Palo, Leyte.

Over 5,000 soldiers are stationed in Eastern Visayas, and the personnel will represent them.

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