BACOLOD CITY, May 20 (PNA) — Jilson Tubillara, the former mayor of San Enrique town in Negros Occidental cried foul over his loss to re-elected Mayor Mario Magno.
Tubillara, who was defeated by merely 20 votes, will file a protest demanding for a recount before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The final results of the May 13 local elections showed that Magno of the United Negros Alliance garnered 6,277 votes while Tubillara of Nationalist People’s Coalition got 6,257.
Tubillara said there were votes for him that were not counted or accepted by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines during the Elections Day.
“I would have accepted my loss wholeheartedly but when I was informed by my supporters that there were ballots that were not accepted by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines then, I had hope,” Tubillara said.
He claimed that the long queues during the voting on May 13 caused some ballots to be wet and crumpled, thus the PCOS did not read them.
“I even received a report that in (a certain) precinct, there were 37 rejected ballots (and) most of which were mine,” he added.
Meanwhile, Acting Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Wil Arceño said they welcome Tubillara’s protest.
“It is the right of the candidate to file a protest,” Arceño said.
Arceño said any candidates can file his/her election protests in the Regional Trial Court or at their national office in Metro Manila. (PNA)