BACOLOD CITY, May 29 (PNA) — Three protests have been filed in the Regional Trial Court while another was filed at the central office of Commission on Election two weeks after the midterm election in Negros Occidental.
First to file protest was defeated mayoralty candidate Jilson Tubillara of San Enrique town against re-elected mayor Mario Magno on May 24 in Comelec Manila.
Tubillara’s petition seeks to nullify the proclamation of Magno as the town’s mayor through manual recount of votes.
Magno won by a slim margin of 20 votes or 6,777 votes compared to Tubillara’s 6,757 votes.
The petitioner claimed that there are at least 25 identified ballots in favour of him that were rejected by the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine.
“If considered, these ballots are obviously sufficient to cause the reversal of proclamation made by the MBOC,” he said.
He also claimed that the Statement of Votes by precinct manifests errors for there were at least 582 unaccounted votes out of the 13,190 valid ballots consolidated.
“The proclamation therefore of the private respondent anchored on his dubious 20- vote advantage is not valid,” he said.
Another poll loser who filed election protest was Inday Maling De LaCruz against mayor-elect Richard Jaojoco of Toboso town.
De La Cruz, who only got 7,405 votes, was defeated by Jaojoco’s 9,228 votes.
The other two were defeated mayoralty candidate Fernando Leonor and councilor bet Rodulfo Peromingan of Calatrava town.
Leonor questioned the victory of reelected Calatrava mayor Araceli Samosa while Peromingan cast doubt to the councilor-elect Heddo Boy Balgos.
Samosa was proclaimed winner when he garnered 19,317 votes ahead of his rival’s 14,557 votes.
Balgos, on the other hand, hold the last spot in the municipal council when he earned the eight highest votes of 12,702 against Peromingan’s 12,543 votes.
The three petitions were filed before the RTC in San Carlos City and all complainants were demanding for manual recount. (PNA)