Monday, May 31, 2010

Comelec proclaims 28 winning party-list groups


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(Update 6:16 PM) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday proclaimed the 28 winning party-list organizations in the 2010 automated polls.

Comelec chairman Jose Melo, reading an en banc resolution, announced on Monday afternoon that the following party-list organizations will be awarded seats in the 15th House of Representatives:

* Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines — 1,292,182 votes (2 seats)
Godofredo V. Arquiza
David L. Kho
Francisco G. Datol Jr.
Remedios D. Arquiza
Linda G. David
Nelso A. Sin

* Akbayan Citizen's Action Party — 1,058,691 votes (2 seats)
Walden F. Bello
Arlene J. Bag-ao
Tomasita S. Villarin
Ellene A. Sana
Francis Q. Isaac
Ruperto B. Aleroza

* Gabriela Women's Party — 1,001,421 votes (2 seats)
Luzviminda C. Ilagan
Emerenciana A. De Jesus
Sheila A. Ferrer
Nenita L. Cherniguin
Leona M. Entena

* Cooperative Natcco Network Party — 943,529 votes (2 seats)
Jose R. Ping-Ay
Cresente C. Paez
Luis D. Carillo
Divina C. Quemi
Emmanuel L. Solis, Jr.

* ABONO — 766,615 votes (2 seats)
Robert Raymund M. Estrella
Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III
Jacky Rowena T. Lomibao
Ronald Allan Q. So
Ponciano V. Oria, Jr.

* Bayan Muna — 746,019 votes (2 seats)
Teodoro A. Casino
Neri J. Colmenares
Joven G. Laura
Carlos Isagani T. Zarate
Leovigildo A. Molon

* An Waray — 711,631 votes (2 seats)
Florencio G. Noel
Neil Benedict A. Montejo
Jude A. Acidre
Victoria Isabel G. Noel
Joi Bernaditt A. De Paz

* Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (AGAP) — 515,501 votes (1 seat)
Nicanor M. Briones
Rico Geron
Albert Roque T. Lim Jr.
Victorino Michael I. Lescano
Benjamin A. Jaro

* Alliance for Barangay Concerns Party (ABC) — 469,093 votes (1 seat)
Arnulfo A. Molero
Gerardo A. Panghulan
James Marty L. Lim
Fredelino O. Tudio
Alfredito E. Forteza

* Anakpawis — 445,628 votes (1 seat)
Rafael V. Mariano
Joel B. Manglunsod
Randall B. Echanis
George F. San Mateo
Verleen H. Trinidad
Gloria G. Arellano
Roy G. Velez
Felix M. Paz
Jaime S. Paglinawan
Edwin B. Batac
Fernando L. Hicap
Franchiquita D. Buhayan

* Kabataan Party-list — 417,923 votes (1 seat)
Raymond V. Palatino
Mark Louie T. Aquino
Kathrina R. Castillo
Renil B. Oliva
Ken Leonard B. Ramos

* Abante Mindanao, Inc. (ABAMIN) — 376,011 votes (1 seat)
Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr.
Virginia T. Sering
Sergio C. Pascual
Raynor T. Fulgencio
Irenetta C. Montinola

* Act Teachers — 369,564 votes (1 seat)
Antonio L. Tinio
Francisca L. Castro
Efleda K. Bautista
Jocelyn A. Bisuna
Mae Fe G. Ancheta-Templa
Gregorio T. Fabros

* You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) — 335,635 votes (1 seat)
Carol Jayne B. Lopez
Arnel N. Arbinson
Allen S. Ponsaran Jr.
Kyrie Dea Maia TG Montemayor
Vianney D. Garol

* Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran, Inc. (Ang Kasangga) — 296,368 votes (1 seat)
Teodorico T. Haresco
Eugenio Jose V. Lacson
Anna Maria G. Nava
Enrique V. Martin
Segundo M. Gaston

* Bagong Henerasyon (BH) — 292,875 votes (1 seat)
Bernadette R. Herrera-Dy
Edgar Allan D. Dy
Dan Stephen C. Palami
Alexandrea R. Cruz-Herrera
Druscella L. Medici

* Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) — 269,009 votes (1 seat)
Juan Miguel M. Arroyo
Dennis G. Pineda
Romeo A. Dungca Jr.
Jerold Domonick S. David
Ryan M. Caladiao

* Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG) — 262,298 votes (1 seat)
Patricio T. Antonio
Erika Caitlin T. Dy Hansel
Joseph Michael L. Tillmann
Visitacion A. Ordoveza
Jorge A. Sales

* Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) — 238,675 votes (1 seat)
Mark Aeron H. Sambar
Miles Andrew M. Roces
Mark L. Daya
Alberto D. Pacquiao
Ernanie M. Calica

* Arts Business and Science Professionals — 257,301 votes (1 seat)
Catalina G. Leonen-Pizarro
Eugene Michael B. De Vera
Mary. T. Jazul
Catalina O. Lanting
Carlito B. Buentipo

* Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) — 244,623 votes (1 seat)
Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza
Anthony B. Sasin
Ruben D. Torres
Roland C Dela Cruz
Cecilio R. Seno Jr.
Milagros D. Ogalinda

* Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Mamayan, Inc. (AGHAM) — 241,898 votes (1 seat)
Angelo Palmones
Anselmo G. Adriano
Florentino O. Tesoro
Ruby Ephraim M. Rubiano
Cleotilde B. Elmedolan

* Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) — 238,675 votes (1 seat)
Emeline Y. Aglipay
Ramon D. Bergado
Pepito M. Pico
Leopoldo A. Blanco Jr.
Federico A. Balang

* Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala — 234,717 votes (1 seat)
Ranulfo P. Canonigo
Ma. Jesusa A. Sespene
Omar A. Rivera
Carmelito D. Tunguia
Fernando G. Mangungas Jr.

* Kalinga Advocacy for Social Empowermennt and Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga) — 229,198 votes (1 seat)
Abigail Faye C. Ferriol
Uzziel F. Caponpon
Osinando V. Quillao Jr.
Irene Gay S. Ferriol
Michael M. Cruz

* Alagad Party-list — 227,116 votes (1 seat)
Rodante D. Marcoleta
Diogenes S. Osabel
Ric O. Domingo
Sergio G. Manzana
Rodrigo M. Olarte Sr.
Miguel C. Malvar III
Allan M. Maasir

* 1 Ang Pamilya — 217,032 votes (1 seat)
Reena Concepcion G. Obillo
Protasio C. Asadon Jr.
Alex B. Billedo
Virgilio M. Rosete
David N. Ramos

* Alliance of Volunteer Educators — 214,760 (1 seat)
Eulogio R. Masaysay
Iris Marie D. Montes
Adelaida R. Magsaysay
Nicolas A. Brana Sr.
Alicia M. Diel

Melo has deferred the proclamation of 11 party-list groups which have pending disqualification cases filed against them or their nominees.

Following are those facing petitions for cancellation of registration:

* Ako Bicol Political Party (Ako Bicol)
* Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Party-list (Buhay)
* 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE)
* Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)
* LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA)
* Ang Asosasyon Sang Manguguma Nga Bisaya-Ow Mangunguma, Inc. (MBIS-OWA)
* Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC)
* Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD)

Those facing petitions for disqualification of party-list nominee:

* 1-UTAK
* Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (A Teacher)
* Butil Farmer Party (BUTIL)

The proclamation was based on 121 certificates of canvass or 29,441,706 votes.

The Party-list System Act (Republic Act 7941) says that those who received at least two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system shall be entitled to one congressional seat each while those who received more than two percent of the votes shall be entitled to additional seats in proportion to their total number of votes.

However, each party-list organization shall not be awarded more than three seats in Congress.

The Comelec has yet to receive all the votes cast for the party-list system, specifically from areas where failure of elections took place.

Included in these areas are seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, two municipalities of Basilan, and one municipality of Sarangani — where special polls have been scheduled on June 3.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that 20 percent of the seats in Congress or 57 seats be allotted for the sectoral representatives.

Melo admitted, however, that there are many things that must be "revisited" about the party-list system.

He said he hopes the new party-list representatives will tackle these during their term. - RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Aquino rejects uncle’s bid to legalize ‘jueteng’

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:23:00 05/24/2010

Filed Under: Benigno Aquino III, Casinos & Gambling, Graft & Corruption, Crime

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MANILA, Philippines—Presumptive president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has thumbed down a proposal by his uncle to legalize “jueteng,” a numbers racket that brings in millions of pesos in cash to operators and their protectors.

“Jueteng is against the law and we will enforce the law,” Aquino told reporters.

In a radio interview, former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco said he was all for the legalization of jueteng because his poor constituents had been complaining about the lack of a pastime unlike more affluent individuals who have cockfighting and horse racing.

Cojuangco was accused of being a big-time jueteng lord after his sister, the late President Corazon Aquino, took power in 1986.

He has denied the charges along with allegations that he and his relatives belonged to “Kamag-anak Inc.,” which benefited from corrupt deals during the Aquino years.

Cojuangco noted that no formal charges had been filed in court against him or his kin.

Instead of legalizing jueteng, Aquino said he would allocate government resources to provide job opportunities in provinces where jueteng was popular.

He said he implemented various livelihood programs in Tarlac, his home province.

“Each barangay was given quotas for the livelihood projects that it ran for five days and this meant little time for drinking or gambling,” Aquino said.

“Instead of punitive (actions against jueteng), we should provide other amusement as a long-lasting solution,” he added.

While jueteng is on the list of vices that he wants to eradicate, Aquino is seeking to prioritize the campaign against other crimes.

“We can go after jueteng but we will divert resources that could have been used to go after drugs, kidnapping and other crimes. I think the drug problem is serious. I also want to give justice to the victims of private armies,” he said.

He reckoned that gambling was a vice that forces people to sacrifice their money meant to pay electric bills and other needs of their families, leading to low productivity.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

DFA submits poll returns from OFW voters


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Save for four Embassies, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) submitted Thursday the certificates of canvass (COC) and election returns (ER) for over 150,000 Filipinos worldwide who cast their ballots for the overseas absentee voting (OAV).

In a release posted on its Web site, the DFA-OAV Secretariat said tallies from 89 foreign service posts for 153,300 Filipinos who participated in the OAV have been turned over to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“The tallies from the four remaining Embassies which are being verified will not have an effect on the outcome of the elections," the release added.

The number of votes tallied represents only 26 percent of the 589,830 registered Filipinos overseas.

While this is higher than the 16 percent or 81,732 overseas Filipinos who cast their ballots in the 2007 elections, this year’s OAV turnout is still very low compared to the 65 percent or 233,092 votes cast in the 2004 presidential elections.

According to the release, partial and unofficial results of the OAV as of May 19 show Sen. Benigno “Noynoy" Aquino III still leading the presidential race with 68,281 votes, followed by Bro. Eddie Villanueva with 17,702 votes, and Sen. Villar with 14,974 votes.

Trailing them are Gilberto Teodoro (11,505), Joseph Estrada (6,653), Richard Gordon (5,496), John Carlos delos Reyes and Sen. Jamby Madrigal (196), Nicanor Perlas (178) and Vetellano Acosta (128).

For vice president, Sen. Manuel Roxas likewise leads with 67,395 votes, followed by Sen. Loren Legarda with 17,136 votes and Jejomar Binay with 16,395 votes.

Following them are Perfecto Yasay (12,011), Bayani Fernando (7,933), Edu Manzano (2,462), Jay Sonza (645) and Dominador Chipeco Jr. (183).

Meanwhile, the top 12 senators are: Franklin Drilon (72,319); Miriam Defensor-Santiago (70,404); Ramon Revilla Jr. (59,606); Pilar Juliana Cayetano (55,206); Ralph Recto (54,741); Jinggoy Estrada (53,477); Juan Ponce Enrile (52,317); Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (48,038); Teofisto Guingona III (45,245); Vicente Sotto III (43,820); Sergio Osmena III (43,576); and Sonia Roco (37,801).

DFA-OAVS vice chairperson Nestor N. Padalhin personally delivered the COCs and ERs to the COMELEC’s National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for President and Vice President.

The month-long OAV ended on May 10.

Except for Hong Kong and Singapore which used the automated election system, all other Philippine diplomatic posts employed either personal or postal voting. - RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Last 3 senators may be proclaimed today

By Mayen Jaymalin
The Philippine Star
Updated May 17, 2010 12:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may proclaim today the last three winning candidates to complete the 12 slots in the Senate.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body will reconvene today as the National Board of Canvassers to complete the counting and proclamation of the last three winning senatorial candidates.

Jimenez said there are still about three million uncanvassed votes, which will determine who will be the other three Senate members.

Jimenez, however, said it may not be necessary to wait for all the three million uncanvassed votes before they can proclaim the last three winners.

“If the remaining uncanvassed votes would no longer be significant to affect the final count, then we will start proclaiming... probably by afternoon since the canvassing is continuing throughout the day,” he said.

Only seven out of the 103 provincial Certificates of Canvass or 6.8 percent remained uncanvassed as of Saturday night.

Although the National Board of Canvassers did not convene yesterday, Jimenez said the Comelec still received transmission results from the field.

“So hopefully, we can get enough numbers to proclaim senators-elect by Monday afternoon,” Jimenez said.

Based on the last updated tally of the canvassing board, those occupying the last three slots were former senator Sergio Osmeña III (independent) with 10,996,061 votes; Sen. Lito Lapid (Lakas-Kampi) with 10,327,121 votes, and Rep. Teofisto Guingona III (Liberal Party) with 9,686,352 votes.

In the 13th slot is sectoral Rep. Risa Hontiveros (LP) with 8,581,125 votes, while in 14th is Rep. Ruffy Biazon (LP) with 8,148,685 votes.

Last Saturday, the National Board of Canvassers proclaimed the first nine winning senators who will serve until 2016 after gaining an insurmountable number of votes in the first four days of canvassing.

Officially declared winners in the senatorial race were Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. (Lakas-Kampi), Sen. Jinggoy Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino), Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (PMP), Sen. Pia Cayetano (Nacionalista Party), Sen. Ralph Recto (LP) and Sen. Vicente Sotto III (Nationalist People’s Coalition).

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (People’s Reform Party), Sen. Franklin Drilon (LP) and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (NP) were also proclaimed but did not show up.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Comelec proclaims 9 senators-elect

By Kristine L. Alave,
Abigail Kwok,
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:26:00 05/15/2010

Filed Under: Elections, Inquirer Politics, Politics, Eleksyon 2010

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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The Commission on Elections proclaimed on Saturday the first nine of 12 winners in the senatorial polls last May 10.

But only Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Pia Cayetano, and Vicente Sotto III were present before the Comelec, sitting en banc as the National Board of Canvassers at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Ralph Recto arrived late, while Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. were absent.

The top nine senators were either re-electionists or returnees to the Senate. Only Marcos is a neophyte.

The first batch of newly-elected officers was proclaimed by members of the Comelec en banc at 3:20 p.m. at the Comelec Command Center.

At the start of the ceremonies, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said the proclamation was the fruit of the hardwork and struggles Comelec underwent during the first national automated elections in the country.

“After the Comelec’s long struggle to automate the country’s election, then after a peaceful campaign of the candidates…we’re here today to celebrate the results of our hard work and dedication,” Melo said.

“For the senators-elect, this proclamation ceremony represents the clear vox populi, speaking with the transcendent authority of vox dei, you are now our representatives. You are our champions. Do not let us down,” he said.

“To all the senators-elect therefore and on behalf of the Commission en banc, I extend our congratulations and, in doing so, hand over the expectations of the Filipino people to you,” Melo said.

The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) has processed 115 of 274 certificates of canvass as it reconvened on Saturday morning. Locally, 96 of the 103 certificates of canvass have been tallied, according to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

Only Regions III, VI, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Cordillera Autonomous Region have yet to complete the transmission of provincial COCs.

Jimenez, during the program, said that the three senators who would complete the 12 senatorial positions would be proclaimed once all CoCs have been processed by the NBOC.

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Comelec partial, official tally of partylist groups (AS OF 11:19 a.m., MAY 15)

By Katherine Evangelista
First Posted 13:17:00 05/15/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Elections

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MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections, acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), has released the partial and official tally for the partylist groups.

As of 11:19 a.m., 115 out of 275 CoCs have been canvassed.

1. Ako Bicol Partylist 1,507,103
2. Buhay Hayaan Yumabong 1,217,323
3. Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens Philippines Inc.
4. Akbayan 1,004,043
5. Gabriela Women's Party 960,819
6. Cooperative NATCCO Network Party 896,458
7. ABONO 745,549
8. An-waray 710,464
9. Bayan Muna 702,042
10. 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy 669,531
11. Citizens Battle Against Corruption 627,099
12. Advocacy for Teachers' Empowerment 579,211
13. Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines 506,723
14. Alliance for Barangay Concern's Party 451,689
15. Butil Farmers Party 423,229
16. Anakpawis 419,832
17. LPG Marketers Association Inc. 409,176
18. Kabataan Partylist 396,137
19. Act Teachers 343,306
20. Abante Mindanao Inc. 340,398

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Grace Padaca weeps for Isabela; Among Ed goes back to priesthood

By Villamor Visaya Jr.,
Inquirer Northern Luzon,
Tonette Orejas,
Inquirer Central Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:45:00 05/15/2010

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, Inquirer Politics, Local authorities

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ILAGAN, ISABELA, Philippines—One wept for her province as she questioned her defeat. The other, also refusing to concede defeat, vowed to pursue his fight for his people—this time, hopefully, as a priest—again.

Isabela Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo “Grace” Padaca and Pampanga Gov. Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio—who both had to contend with politically entrenched families—were among the casualties in the country’s first automated national elections.

Questioning her loss to Rep. Faustino Dy III in the gubernatorial race, Padaca on Friday said: “I weep for Isabela … More than my sadness, I wish the Isabelinos well. I wish them success. I wish (for) them good governance.”

Speaking at the Governor’s Palace, Padaca, a Liberal Party candidate, said she planned to ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate reports of vote-buying and the black propaganda that was used against her during the campaign.

“The Dys and the Albanos outdid themselves a hundred times over sa pagsalaula sa eleksiyon (in making a mockery of the elections),” she said.

Dy, an administration candidate, was proclaimed gubernatorial winner on Thursday night, along with running mate Rodolfo Albano III.

Black and white

Padaca lost by 3,438 votes. She garnered 271,319 votes while Dy got 274,757.

In 2004, Padaca burst into national headlines when she defeated Dy’s brother, former Gov. Faustino Dy Jr., in the gubernatorial fight, ending the clan’s 34-year hold on the provincial capitol.

In 2007, she defeated former Gov. Benjamin Dy, but her victory was overturned by the Comelec last December after a recount. She later filed an appeal.

Winner Dy brushed off Padaca’s charges. “If we bought and harassed voters, I could have won by a landslide,” he said. He offered to reconcile with Padaca and other rivals.

“How can you reconcile black and white?” Padaca told reporters.

Padaca was ahead by at least 3,000 votes on Thursday afternoon before votes from Angadanan and Palanan towns allowed Dy to slip past her.

Asked if Aquino had a Cabinet position for her, she said: “It’s too early to tell… I do not have plans now. I’ll cross the bridge … when I get there.”

‘Positive force’

Padaca and Panlilio have a few things in common: They are both leaders of Kaya Natin, a movement advocating moral leadership and good governance. Like Padaca, Panlilio was ousted as provincial governor weeks before the election campaign began when the Comelec, after a recount, upheld his 2007 opponent Lilia Pineda as winner of the gubernatorial race that year. Final ruling on the case was still pending at the time of Monday’s elections.

The priest-activist said he would still be around as a “positive force”—outside of electoral politics.

“I would love to return to active priesthood and I believe (my three bishops) will accept me back,” Panlilio, 57, said. “I just hope that when I’m accepted, I will be given the freedom to be engaged in a positive way by helping civil society attain social transformation.”

He said he was taking that track because the “Church should be at the service of the people.”

Reform constituency

Pineda was proclaimed newly elected Pampanga governor on Wednesday night. She captured 488,521 votes or 65.98 percent of the total. Panlilio got 242,367.

As a priest, Panlilio ministered to poor communities and headed the Archdiocese of San Fernando’s Social Action Center of Pampanga for 27 years before he ran for governor in 2007.

He was thrust into politics when no alternative candidate wanted to challenge then reelectionist Gov. Mark Lapid and Pineda.

Panlilio, the LP provincial chair, said he was not thinking of any position in the administration of president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“I’m not close to Noynoy,” he said.

He said the 242,367 votes he got on Monday were a “sign that there is a reform constituency” in Pampanga.

“I see a bright future in those numbers. I hope they become a critical mass in the years ahead,” he said.

Massive vote-buying

What Panlilio found strange was that 408,495 of 1,211,162 registered voters in Pampanga did not vote.

Panlilio said while he respected Pineda’s proclamation, he was not ready to concede.

“I can only accept a candidate’s win if it was a clean election. I don’t think it was because of the reported massive direct and indirect vote-buying weeks before and during the election,” he said.

He saw several reasons for his defeat, some his own doing, including decisions he made that alienated some supporters and his inability to negotiate.

But the one factor that weighed him down was the “orchestration of efforts to immobilize me,” he said. He was referring to the “recall” campaign by Pineda’s allies, the recount case filed by Pineda, a provincial board that criticized him at every turn or withheld budgets, and the use of media to portray him negatively.

He said: “I was guided by Gospel values like justice and patriotism.”

“He is leaving the capitol without any stain of corruption. He started radical reforms ... His moral armor is strong,” said Harvey Keh of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government.

Other fights

Also proclaimed in Isabela were Representatives Rodolfo Albano Jr. (first district), Ana Cristina Go (second district) and Napoleon Dy (third district).

No winner has been proclaimed in Isabela’s fourth district because the returns from Santiago City have yet to be transmitted to the provincial board of canvassers. Reelectionist Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao nurses a slim margin over his rival, Danilo Tan.

In Abra, election officials proclaimed Joy Valera-Bernos winner of the fight for the lone congressional seat, ending a tense contest that had prompted the police and military to put their forces on high alert.

Bernos got 48,212 votes from 27 towns to beat incumbent Rep. Cecilia Luna, who chalked up 46,880 votes.

Bernos is the daughter of detained Bangued Mayor Dominic Valera, who was accused of killing the driver of Luna’s son, Ryan, in an April 29 encounter. The young Luna defeated Valera in the Bangued mayoral race.

Pangasinan winners

In Pangasinan, incumbent Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and Mapandan Mayor Ferdie Calimlim were proclaimed winners of the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial races.

The tally from 46 of 47 Pangasinan towns and cities showed Espino with 822,325 votes while his opponent, Rep. Victor Agbayani, got 296,177 votes. Only the votes from Agno have not been canvassed. With reports from Vincent Cabreza and Gabriel Cardinoza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Gov. Recto and Leviste confirmed

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BATANGAS CITY—Re-electionist and Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Vilma Santos-Recto and her running-mate Marc Leviste were proclaimed here Thursday night as the winners in the May 10 elections.

Recto had faced Santo Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, who replaced her husband ex-Gov. Armando Sanchez, who had died in hospital after suffering from stroke while campaigning in Lipa City.

Recto received 602,397 votes, giving her a margin of 211,717 votes over the 390,680 votes received by Sanchez.

Leviste received 629,584 votes, 387,881 more than the 241,703 received by Edwin Ermita, the only son of former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who had also lost in the First District.

Recto vowed to improve the delivery of basic services to Batangas and to boost health, education, agriculture, tourism, transportation, public safety and security.

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It’s still toss-up between Binay, Roxas for veep

By Jocelyn Uy, Tarra Quismundo, Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:42:00 05/14/2010

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Jejomar Binay, Mar Roxas

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MANILA, Philippines—The vice presidential race is still a toss-up between Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and Sen. Manuel Roxas II because some five million votes from more than 8,000 precincts—the largest of which are in the presumed bailiwicks of Binay and Roxas, have yet to be counted.

As small increments of votes slowly raised the tallies, Binay got 13,448,673 votes (40.77 percent of the votes counted so far), giving him a lead of 793,358 votes over Roxas as of the 8:09 p.m. count Thursday by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Roxas had 12,655,315 votes (38.37 percent).

The figures represent the consolidated results from 68,711 precincts, or 89.85 percent of the 76,475 precincts nationwide.

The close fight has fueled an exchange of charges between the two candidates, with Binay accusing Roxas’ camp of planning to rig results and Roxas contending that the fight has yet to be won.

In the presidential race, Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno Aquino III was still enjoying a comfortable lead of more than 5 million over nearest rival former President Joseph Estrada.

The next President

Aquino got 13,805,154 votes, or 41.85 of total votes counted so far, while Estrada garnered 8,730,387.

Manuel Villar, the first presidential candidate to concede to Aquino, received 4,996,923 votes, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. got 3,667,441 votes.

Aquino and Roxas continued to lead the count from votes cast by overseas Filipinos in 28 embassies and consulates general.

At a press conference, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, who called Aquino “our next president,” said he did so because the senator was leading the count by a wide margin over his closest rival, Estrada, in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tally.

ARMM ballots

Based on the 11:09 a.m. update of the PPCRV, ballots from 995 precincts in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had yet to be counted.

Perennially problematic ARMM, where Binay was leading, recorded the largest number of precincts that have yet to “transmit” election returns to the PPCRV server at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.

In Basilan, 41 precincts have yet to transmit returns; Lanao del Sur, 488; Maguindanao, 190; Sulu, 195 and Tawi-Tawi, 81—representing 29.45 percent of all the precincts in the region.

“Let me just qualify that when we say ‘still to transmit’ it doesn’t mean that these precincts have not transmitted at all,” said Ana de Villa-Singson, PPCRV media and communications director in an interview with reporters.

But not downloaded

“It is possible that election returns have been transmitted to the Comelec server but have not yet been downloaded into the Pius server that we’re all dependent on,” Singson added.

Updates on the tallies came in trickles Thursday as the files being transmitted to the PPCRV, the citizen’s arm of the Comelec, were getting as big as 90 million lines. “That’s why it’s getting very difficult to download,” Singson said.

The bulk of votes coming from Central Visayas—which early on had been labeled as a Roxas country for giving him the largest votes over Binay—have also yet to be included in the latest tallies in the presidential, vice presidential and senatorial races.

Central Visayas accounted for 949 precincts or 17 percent of the total precincts in the region, where votes have yet to be tallied: Bohol, 213; Negros Oriental, 213; Siquijor, 12.

Vote-rich Cebu pro-Noy

The largest number of poll precincts (511) whose election returns have yet to be tallied was traced to vote-rich Cebu, which also gave most of the votes to Aquino.

Votes from 746 precincts or 8.01 percent of the precincts in Southern Tagalog, where Binay was leading, have yet to be counted, too.

The PPCRV was also still waiting for the transmission of election returns from 263 precincts in the Cordillera Administrative Region; 215 from Caraga; 596 from Ilocos; 251 from Cagayan Valley; 701 from Central Luzon and 257 from Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).

Votes from 314 precincts in the Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) have yet to be included in the latest count, according to the Comelec’s citizen’s arm.

Election returns from Bicol region, which was split in terms of delivering votes to Binay and Roxas, have also yet to be counted.

Only ballots from nine precincts in Metro Manila have yet to be processed. These precincts were in Taguig-Pateros, noted Singson. With a report from Cynthia D. Balana

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Velarde keeps party-list hopes alive

by Joel Zurbano

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Five groups including Buhay of El Shaddai Movement’s Bro. Mariano “Mike” Velarde and the all-female Gabriela have the upperhand in the race for party-list seats in the House of Representatives.

Buhay, which topped the party-list polls in 2007 and clinched three House seats, came second to Ako Bikol Political Party. Ako Bikol, an obscure group, gave the following as its nominees Christopher S. Co, Rodel M. Batocabe, Alfredo a. Garbin, Ronald S. Ang, and Carlo Paolo M. Pangilinan.

Among the nominees of Buhay are Velarde’s son Michael, Solar Entertainment’s big boss William Irwin C. Tieng, businessman Ignacio B. Gimenez and Bulacan Rep. Wilfrido Buyson Villarama.

Completing the top five are Abono and the Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens.

Abono’s nominees are Robert Raymund Estrella, Francisco Emmanuel Ortega, Jacky Rowena Lomibao, Ronald Allan So and Ponciano Onia.

Three of the nominees of the Senior Citizens group are incumbent Rep. Godofredo Arquiza, David Kho and Francisco Datol Jr.

Gabriela Women’s Party has Luzviminda Ilagan, Emerencia de Jesus and Shiela Ferrer.

The leftist Akbayan has incumbent Rep. Walden Bello, Arlene Bag-Ao and Tomasito Villarin.

A total of 187 organizations have submitted their nominees for the 55 seats in the House. Each party list is entitled to a seat after clinching at least 2% of total votes cast in the May 10 elections.

The more notable groups in the top 30 include Cooperative Natcco; Citizens Battle against Corruption; Bayan Muna; Anakpawis; Butil Farmers Party; An Waray; Kabataan; and, Act Teachers.

Among the prominent names in politics, business and entertainment sectors, who are trying their luck in the party-list race are Anna Marie Ablan, Honorary Consul in Belarus and daughter of former Ilocor Norte Rep. Roque Ablan for Alliance of People’s Organization; celebrity Juan Miguel “Onemig” Bondoc for Bandila; celebrity doctor Manny Calayan, broadcaster Rolly Gonzalo and actor Leo Martinez for Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz; and presidential son Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo for Ang Galing Pinoy.

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Cayetano’s win declared over Tiñga’s protest

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A tear gas canister went off accidentally at the proclamation of Rep. Lani Cayetano who won over retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante Tiñga in Taguig City’s mayoral race.

She was delivering her speech around 4 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the city hall when the canister of a police security escort inadvertently dropped, causing a commotion.

“There was a loud bang and a flash. We were immediately covered by smoke,” said Mario Evangelista, a staff assistant of the Cayetanos.

Husband Senator Allan Peter, sister-in-law Senator Pia and supporters were with her at the time.

Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, police chief, ruled out any foul play.

He said the jostling in the overcrowded place somewhat loosened the safety pin of the tear gas canister issued to the police detail of Cayetano.

“The security was right behind the mayor-elect,” he said. “This was not a deliberate act.”

Tiñga’s election lawyer, Sixto Brillantes Jr. said he would file before the Commission on Elections a motion to annul the proclamation over the questionable results of the polls in Taguig.

He said canvassing showed Tiñga’s ticket, Kilusang Diwa ng Taguig, swept the dsitrict representative post, the vice mayor down to the councilors.

Figures showed that Tiñga obtained 93,445 votes versus Cayetano’s 95,865 tally.

Exiting Mayor Freddie Tiñga, Vice Mayor George Elias and 1st District congressional bet Arnel Cerafica all had wide margins against their opponents, said Brillantes, noting discrepancies that would be taken up with the Comelec en banc.

On Tuesday, Cayetano and Tiñga supporters massed at the canvassing center, requiring police to post an anti-riot squad for good measure.

Cascolin said the police escort assigned to the Cayetanos came from the Regional Mobile Group of the National Capital Regional Police Office.

He said several people were given first aid for smoke inhalation.

But Evangelista said the Cayetanos would have the incident investigated.

“We simply don’t believe in Colonel Cascolan’s story. Those (canisters) should be properly secured (and) shouldn’t fall off that easily,” he said. Ferdinand Fabella

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PPCRV says some BEIs refuse to give 4th copy of ERs

05/13/2010 | 02:36 PM

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An official of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting said Thursday they are having difficulty obtaining some copies of the election returns (ERs), supposedly for PPCRV, from several areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

PPCRV communications director Anna de Villa-Singson said the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) of the areas mentioned refuse to give them the fourth copy of the ERs.

"Some BEIs are refusing to give to our volunteers the fourth copy of the ERs even with a letter from Chairman Jose Melo saying that under the law, we are entitled to it," she said

The group is the only accredited citizen poll watchdog of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and is thus entitled to the fourth and 27th copies of the ERs printed by poll counting machines.

These would be delivered via courier to the PPCRV Command Center in Manila for encoding and comparison with post-transmission results.

"The teachers don't want to give it because they said it is not in the General Instructions [provided by the Comelec]. Nananawagan kami sa mga teachers, please make sure PPCRV gets the ERs. Ayaw nilang maniwala even with a letter signed by the Comelec Chair himself," Singson said, albeit not identifying the specific areas.

Singson feared the refusal of some BEIs would further stall the encoding of the ERs, 12 percent (about 9,200) of which have already been delivered from various provinces as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Singson also said earlier that the extension of voting on May 10 also delayed the delivery of the ERs through couriers.

Most of the ERs came Thursday morning and more are still on transit, Singson added.

The PPCRV earlier said it could encode 19,000 ERs in a day with over 100 volunteer students.

"We are doing this for public service. I think we have already made clear that PPCRV is non-partisan. Please don't hold [the ERs from us]," Singson said. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Only less than four percent of poll results have yet to be transmitted

05/12/2010 | 09:34 PM

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Only less than four percent of election results from precincts all across the Philippines have yet to be transmitted, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.

The results, which represent less than 1.5 million voters, were not immediately transmitted to the Comelec’s main servers in Manila, among other recipients, because of issues with transmission hardware, a poll official said.

The Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in these areas are still waiting for replacements of either malfunctioning precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines (equipment used to count and transmit votes) or defective compact flash cards (which contain instructions for PCOS machines to read ballots).

"Imbis na nagtransmit, naghihintay pa ng replacement... nagkakaroon ng delay (Instead of transmitting, the Board of Election Inspectors are still waiting for replacements and that causes a delay)," Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters on Wednesday.

Adding to the delay was the refusal of some BEIs to manually count the votes after having discovered that the machines or their CF cards were malfunctioning, Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores said.

Smartmatic-TIM was chosen as the Comelec’s poll machine supplier.

Teachers usually opted to keep the ballots inside the ballot box until the replacement PCOS units or CF cards arrived, Flores said.

"It shows that the teachers really embrace automation, they don't want to go manual again," he told GMA News.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the Comelec has received 96.31 percent of the election returns from the 76,347 clustered precincts nationwide, Jimenez said.

"That represents less than 1.5 million voters... malamang tapos na yan (but that's probably over by now)," he told reporters in an interview.

However, he could not immediately identify the areas where these results have yet to be transmitted.

The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), will consolidate the votes and declare the winners both for the senatorial and the party-list races.

On the other hand, Congress, also sitting as the NBOC, will proclaim the president and vice president. - RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

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Metro winners known, proclaimed early after first automated polls

May 11, 2010, 6:17pm

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The first automated polls in the country saw winners being proclaimed early in Metro Manila.

Binays win big in Makati

Makati City Councilor Erwin "Jun-Jun" Binay has succeeded his father, United Opposition vice presidential bet Jejomar Binay, as mayor of the Makati City, the country's central business district.

Binay was proclaimed winner by officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) city board of canvassers at the Makati Coliseum where the canvassing of votes was held.

Witnessing the proclamation rites were Binay's family, including his father and mother, and supporters near dawn Tuesday.

Binay garnered 125,664 votes over five candidates in the mayoralty race. Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado placed in second with 80,151, Erwin Genuino, son of Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chairman Ephraim Genuino, landed in third place with 61,203 votes. Former senator Butch Aquino got 4,394 votes while Edmundo Tagalog received 253 votes, both are independent candidates.

Binay vowed to continue the programs and services that his father started.

The Comelec also proclaimed Romulo Peña Jr., running mate of Mercado as vice mayor with 105,949 votes. Peña won against Rico Puno who received 93429 votes, Jobelle Salvador who got 35,469 votes, Mace Yabut with 23,600 votes and Manny Ballelos, 1507 votes.

Abigail Binay, daughter of Jejomar, dominated the congressional race in the second district with 84,152. Monique Yasmin Lagdameo, under Binay’s ticket, emerged winner as member of the House of Representatives for the first district.

New members of the city council for the first district are Ferdie Eusebio (PDP-Laban), Maria Concepcion Yabut (Nationalista Party), Tosca Puno-Ramos (PDP-Laban), Virgilio Hilario Sr. (NP), Marie Casal-Uy (PDP-Laban), Monsour Del Rosario (NP), Arnold Magpantay (PDP-Laban), and Romeo Medina (PDP-Laban).

New members of the city council for the second district are Vincent Sese (NP), King Yabut (NP), Nelson Pacia (PDP-Laban), Salvador Pangilinan (NP), Leonardo Magpantay (NP), Ma. Theresa De Lara (NP), Mary Ruth Tolentino (NP), Henry Jacome (NP).

It’s now Mayor Bautista

After hours of tense and anxious moments, the local office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Quezon City proclaimed Herbert Bautista and Josefina Belmonte as mayor and vice-mayor respectively winning by landslide margin over their highly touted rivals.

At exactly 11 a.m. Tuesday, the local Comelec office also proclaimed all the city’s winning bets several hours after most of them demanded that they be declared as winners even in the wee hours of the morning.

Bautista obtained a vote of 497, 965 while his closest rival Mike Defensor garnered a vote of 126,246.

District two congresswoman Annie Rosa Susano got 68, 035 while former three-term mayor Mel Mathay garnered 22, 117 votes.

In the vice-mayoral race, Belmonte got 501, 129 defeating actress Aiko Melendez who got 121,941 votes.

Incumbent district one congressman Vincent “Bingbong’’ Crisologo garnered 78, 610 Lucio Tan daughter and heiress Vivienne Tan.

In district two councilor Winston “Winnie’’ Castelo brother of outgoing representative Nanette Castelo-Daza gained 129, 660 beating former representatives Chuck Mathay, Dante Liban and three-term councilors Allan Butch Francisco and Godofredo Voltaire Liban.

Two term councilor Jorge “Bolet’’ Banal Jr. obtained a vote of 37, 408 votes beating incumbent district congressman Matias Defensor who got only 30, 887 in his bid for a third term in congress.

Outgoing mayor Feliciano “Sonny’’ Belmonte Jr. reclaimed his old post as congressman of the fourth district garnering 99, 474 votes winning by landslide over unheralded opponents.

Abalos dominates Mandaluyong

The Commission on Elections in Mandaluyong proclaimed Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. winner of the mayoral race at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the City Gymnasium where the local canvassing of votes took place.

Abalos garnered 102,705 votes to rival Erbert Domingo-Buan’s 24,271 votes.

Also proclaimed was Mandaluyong City vice mayor elect Danny De Guzman who defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Rene Sta. Maria 63,756 votes to 57,438.

Election officials in Malabon proclaimed incumbent Mayor Tito Oreta, re-electionist Rep. Josephine Veronique Lacson, and Councilor Len-len Oreta as the vice-mayor elect.

Oreta garnered 104,245 votes while running unopposed for reelection, Lacson got 52,815 votes in a win over incumbent vice mayor Arnold Vicencio.

The proclamation was held at the Session Hall located at the 6th floor of the City Hall right after the canvassing of votes was completed, Malabon Comelec officer Frances Aguindadao said.

San Pedro cruises to victory

Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro won in the mayoralty race in the city, cruising to a second term victory with a margin of more than 30,000 votes over his nearest rival.

Mayor San Pedro beat former mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Oscar Marmeto in the race.

“I thank the people of Muntinlupa for giving me again their trust and confidence. I and my family are overwhelmed by their support,” the mayor told the Manila Bulletin.

Mayor San Pedro was scheduled to be proclaimed by the Comelec Tuesday afternoon along with other winners in the local elections in Muntinlupa.

The mayor’s party mates also won in the election.

Senator Rodolfo Biazon beat REGALAbroadcaster Ricardo “Dong” Puno Jr. and five other candidates in the congressional race in Muntinlupa. Biazon will replace his son Ruffy, who completed three terms as Muntinlupa’s congressman and ran for senator in the elections under the Liberal Party.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac edged out Councilor Marissa Cole-Rongavilla in the vice mayoralty race to win a second term.

Mayor San Pedro’s candidates for councilor also won 75 percent of the seats in Muntinlupa’s two legislative districts.

Lim defeats Atienza anew

Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim’s margin against his closest rivals widened by garnering 387,048 votes after 95.21 percent election returns were already transmitted to the Manila Board of Canvassers (BOC) last night.

The Manila Board of Canvassers said Lim was leading with 387,048 votes from 1,372 clustered precincts. His closest rivals - former city mayor and former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Jose "Lito" Atienza got 176,786 votes and former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Avelino Razon got 82,910 votes.

Lim expressed gratitude to Manila residents who have voted for him and his running mate Isko Moreno.

"Salamat sa lahat ng bumoto at naniwala sa amin at sa mga di pumayag na umiral ang kasinungalan (Thanks to those who voted us and believed in us. Thank your for letting that truth to prevail over lies), he said.

After the Manila Board of Canvassers announced the partial and unofficial tally from the election returns, supporters began cheering.

Prior to that, the Comelec announced that it would likely proclaim the winners the moment the board reaches the 90 percent mark.

Legal counsels of Lim approached the Board of Canvassers (BOC) to inquire why it has yet to proclaim Lim and Moreno as winners because it was statistically improbable for his closest rivals Atienza and Razon to win over Lim.

They said the remaining six percent would not affect the result of the elections.

However, BOC chairman lawyer Jovencio Balanquit explained that they could not proclaim until they print out the entire results of the transmittal. He also explained that they cannot proceed with the printout because the remaining six percent is still material for the other elective posts- both national and local post.

Lim decided to go home as the BOC still decided not to proceed with the proclamation despite getting the 95% plus election returns.

Bernabe-Tambunting reelected

In Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. and running mate Vice-Mayor Gus Tambunting were both re-elected.

The running mates, along with other winners in local elections in Paranaque were expected to be proclaimed at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In a final but unofficial Comelec tally, Bernabe garnered 87,1276 votes compared Rep. Ed Zialcita’s 70,372, and Joey Marquez’s 39,459.

Representative Roilo Golez run unopposed in the city’s second district, while Edwin Olivarez was ahead of Roland Bernabe in the Comelec tally for the city’s first district.

Winning councilors in the first district are Rufino Allanigue, Eric Baes, Raquel Gabriel-Velasco, Alma Moreno-Salic, Jason Webb, Eric Olivarez, Boc Inciong and Roselle Nava.

Councilor Rico Golez led other winning candidates in the second district which included Edwin Benzon, Florencia Amurao, Conchita Bustamante, Benjo Bernabe, Carlito Antipuesto, Valmar Sotto, and Ryan Yllana.

Yllana is the lone winning councilor from Zialcita’s camp. (With reports from Anna Liza T. Villas, Carlo Suerte Felipe, Ed Mahilum, James I. Catapusan, Willie Catapat, Jonathan Hicap, Jeamma E. Sabate, Chito Chavez)

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Vote-map: Aquino takes even Estrada country

By Tarra Quismundo,
Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:08:00 05/13/2010

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Benigno Aquino III, Joseph Estrada

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MANILA, Philippines—President-elect most likely Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III continues to lead in most provinces across the country, taking vote-rich areas and even the bailiwick of reluctant runner-up, deposed President Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

A parallel tally by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as of 8:01 p.m. Wednesday placed the votes for Aquino at 13,673,897 out of results from 89.03 percent of precincts counted so far.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) stopped updating the tallies for the presidential and vice presidential races on Tuesday after lawyers of losing candidates accused it of preempting the function of Congress to canvass tabulations for the two top posts.

The poll body’s tabulation covered 78.5 percent of the electronically transmitted election returns.

Leads in vote-rich provinces

Of the nine presidential candidates, only Aquino, Estrada, Manuel Villar and Gilbert Teodoro led in certain provinces, with the front-runner capturing most of the vote-rich areas.

“It’s who’s leading at that particular time. We’re not saying who won in any particular area. So we’re not trending and it doesn’t mean that the other candidates didn’t get any votes,” said Ana de Villa-Singson, PPCRV media and communications director.

A vote-mapping by the PPCRV showed that Aquino was still leading in most provinces, getting solid votes so far from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), provinces in the Caraga region and most of the Bicol region.

Up north, Aquino was also leading in Batanes, Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province and remained ahead in parts of Central Luzon, including the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.

Precincts from vote-rich Cebu, Pangasinan, provinces in Eastern Visayas as well as Maguindanao, which transmitted results, also gave most of the votes to Aquino. He is also ahead in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

San Juan for Aquino

Most of Metro Manila has so far gone to Aquino, including Estrada’s hometown of San Juan City and that (Makati City) of his running mate.

Estrada was leading in Navotas while Villar, who already accepted defeat, won in his bailiwick, Las Piñas City.

The former actor is also ahead in Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, La Union and provinces in the Cagayan Valley. Estrada was also leading in Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Catanduanes.

In Mindanao, Estrada was also leading in Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Northern Cotabato, Sarangani and South Cotabato. Davao has so far given the plunder convict a solid vote.

Villar was leading only in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Biliran while Teodoro was ahead in Guimaras and Camiguin.

The stiff vice presidential contest between Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay split votes from seven regions.

Ilocos split

As of the 10:55 a.m. regional updates provided by the PPCRV, Ilocos was split in terms of delivering votes, with Roxas dominating in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan and Binay leading in Ilocos Norte and La Union.

Roxas and Binay were also in a tug-of-war in Central Luzon as majority of the votes in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales went to the senator.

But Binay continued to be No. 1 in the “vote-rich” provinces of Bataan, Bulacan and Nueva Ecija as well as in Aurora, according to Singson.

Bicol mixed

In the Bicol Region, Binay dominated in Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Sorsogon while Roxas led in Albay, Camarines Sur and Masbate.

Eastern Visayas was also torn between the two vice presidential candidates, but Binay got the largest share of votes from Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Western Samar. Roxas dominated only in Northern Samar and Southern Leyte.

Although Zamboanga Peninsula was turning into a Binay country, garnering votes from a larger portion of the region, Roxas dominated in Zamboanga del Norte.

Binay led Roxas in Lanao del Sur and Misamis Oriental while Roxas was leading in Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental—all in Northern Mindanao.

Solid brown

The Cordillera Administrative Region was also “evenly split” with Binay leading in Abra, Apayao and Kalinga and Roxas in Benguet, Ifugao and Mountain Province.

Aside from the concrete jungle of Makati, Binay also dominated in the restive jungles of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Soccksargen, where a color-coded map of the Philippines showed a solid brown, representing Binay’s votes, in these two regions.

Roxas won in the provinces at the country’s northern and southern tips, garnering the majority of the votes in Batanes and Tawi-Tawi.

But Singson said the PPCRV had yet to tally election returns from 3,379 precincts in the ARMM, which registered the lowest transmission rate of 68.9 percent.

Metro Manila mostly for Binay

Metro Manila, which registered the highest transmission rate of 95.98 percent, was surprisingly a “Binay country,” except for Marikina City where Roxas dominated. Only 304 precincts have yet to transmit election returns to the PPCRV server at the Pius Center.

Binay also continued to be No.1 in the race in Cagayan Valley, Southern Tagalog and Davao regions.

Roxas continued to win in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, the Caraga region, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), except in Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, where Binay took the lead.

Erap behind by 5M votes

In the count by the Comelec-accredited PPCRV, Estrada got 8,652,783, still behind by 5 million with just 11 percent of the total votes yet to be counted. Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar was a far third at 4,943,689.

Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. received 3,642,048 votes.

In the vice presidential race, Roxas was barely catching up with Binay, who got 13,327,990 votes.

Binay was leading by 786,768 votes, garnering 40.78 percent of the total votes from 68,083 polling precincts based on the partial unofficial Comelec transmission of election returns.

Roxas was nailed to the second spot with 12,541,222 votes (38.37 percent) followed far behind by Sen. Loren Legarda with 3,747,705 votes.

Transmission slowing down

With almost 10 percent of election returns yet to be tallied, results came in trickles for the parallel count by the PPCRV as transmission from voting machines and the Comelec central server slowed down.

Singson told reporters that the parallel count would not cover 100 percent of the country’s 76,475 clustered precincts as elections failed in several Mindanao towns.

“We probably won’t be able to give a 100-percent count because there was already a failure of elections in Lanao del Sur. So it will probably be a 98- to 99-percent count,” she said.

She could not say how soon the accredited citizen’s arm could finish consolidating the expected results because of the current transmission rate.

Officers of automation contractor Smartmatic-TIM had told Singson on a visit to the PPCRV Wednesday that the last few results would come in quite slow.

“It’s really slowing down because some of the things we’re getting are no longer coming straight from the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines. Some of them are transmitted through canvassing offices,” Singson said.

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Across nation: Arroyo son wins in Bicol; other Palace men fall

By Inquirer Visayas, Inquirer Northern Luzon, Inquirer Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:01:00 05/13/2010

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections

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MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s son was among the winners in Monday’s elections, but some of her allies and erstwhile Cabinet members were not as fortunate in the congressional and gubernatorial races.

The President was expected to be proclaimed Wednesday night as representative of Pampanga’s second district. She garnered 169,109 votes, swamping Filipinas Sampang (7,150), Feliciano Serrano (3,586) and Adonis Simpao (20,922), a final tally of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed.

The President’s son, Rep. Diosdado Ignacio “Dato” Arroyo, won overwhelmingly in his reelection bid against Fermin Mabulo, incumbent mayor of San Fernando town in Camarines Sur province.

Dato Arroyo garnered 69,104 votes while Mabulo had 26,133. The seven-town second district has a total number of 148,451 voters.

In 2007, Arroyo beat Mabulo’s older brother in the congressional race in the first district before a legislative reapportionment added a fifth district in the province.

Andaya win, Devanadera loss

Other winners in the congressional races in Camarines Sur were Ms Arroyo’s former Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya (first district) and House allies, Luis Villafuerte (third district) and Arnulfo Fuentebella (fourth district).

But the President’s erstwhile Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera of Lakas-Kampi-CMD appeared headed for a resounding defeat in the congressional race in Quezon’s first district.

Based on a partial tally of the Comelec, reelectionist Rep. Mark Enverga (Nacionalista Party) got 84,857 votes while Devanadera received only 67,083.

Enverga is the son of three-term Gov. Wilfrido Enverga, who had also served as representative of the first district for nine years.

In Bacolod City’s mayoral race, Ms Arroyo’s close ally, Rep. Monico Puentevella (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), lost by more than 7,000 votes to the incumbent, Evelio Leonardia (Nationalist People’s Coalition).

Imelda’s brod loses

While the Marcoses in Ilocos Norte are celebrating their victory, the same mood could not be said of their kin in Tacloban City in Leyte province.

Alfredo “Bejo” Romualdez, younger brother of former first lady and now an elected congresswoman, Imelda Marcos, was trounced by his lone rival for the position of city vice mayor.

Based on the official count of the city board of canvassers, the 76-year-old Bejo (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino) obtained only 35,321 votes against reelectionist Vice Mayor Jose Arvin Antoni (Liberal Party), who received 38,731 or a difference of 3,410 votes.

However, Bejo’s son, Alfred, reelectionist city mayor, and daughter-in-law, Cristina, were proclaimed winners on Tuesday night. Alfred won by a landslide over his rival while Cristina landed No. 2 out of 38 candidates who sought council seats.

Osmeña party sweep

In Cebu City, Mayor Tomas Osmeña’s Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) dominated the elections when all of its candidates from representative for two districts, mayor, vice mayor, the city council won handily over their opponents.

Vice Mayor Michael Rama of the BOPK-LP beat former Mayor Alvin Garcia of Kugi Uswag Sugbo, which was affiliated with the Nacionalista Party (NP) in the mayoral race. Rama had 210,520 votes while Garcia had 120,327.

In Mandaue City, Mayor Jonas Cortes won his reelection bid against Rep. Nerissa Soon Ruiz of the sixth district. Cortes got 77,082 votes against Ruiz’s 59,815.

In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia was leading her closest opponent, Hilario Davide III, son of retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

But Davide gave Garcia a good fight, winning in some of her bailiwicks.

Ampatuans leading?

Jailed Ampatuan patriarch Andal Sr. was slightly ahead in the vice gubernatorial race in Maguindanao with 122,561 votes against Ismael “Dustin” Mastura, who had 122,324, based on figures from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Reports from Carla Gomez, Joey Gabieta, Jhunnex Napallacan, Felipe Celino, Elvie Roa, David Sinay, Nestor Burgos Jr. and Rachel Arnaiz, Inquirer Visayas; Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Juan Escandor Jr., Mar S. Arguelles and Jonas Cabiles Soltes, Inquirer Southern Luzon; and Frinston Lim, Orlando Dinoy, Richel Umel, Carlo Agamon, Tito Fiel, Ryan Rosauro, Julie Alipala, Cai Panlilio, JB Deveza, Grace Cantal-Albasin, Franklin Caliguid, Rosa May de Guzman, Edwin Fernandez and Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao

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Villar’s next campaign: leadership of Senate

by Fel V. Maragay

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DESPITE the Liberal Party’s gains in this week’s elections, the Nacionalista Party is likely to have the upper hand in gaining control of the Senate when the 15th Congress opens its regular session in July.

After losing the presidential race, Nacionalista standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. may try to reclaim the Senate presidency. The Liberals, on the other hand, are expected to field former Senate president Frank Drilon.

The numbers are likely to favor Villar, who still has three years in his term as senator, just like his running mate Senator Loren Legarda, who lost the vice presidential race.

Three other candidates who ran under the Nacionalista banner—Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Pia Cayetano and Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.—look likely to win a place in the new Senate.

Alan Peter Cayetano, a sitting senator, is also a Nacionalista Party member.

In a Senate leadership fight, the Nacionalistas may rely on the support of Senator Joker Arroyo, a known ally and defender of Villar and Senator Edgardo Angara, president of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, who backed Legarda in the vice presidential race.

On the other side of the fence, the Liberals have three or possibly four incoming senators: Drilon, former Senators Ralph Recto and Sergio Osmeña III, and Teofisto Guingona III.

Among the four Liberal senators in the 14th Congress, only one, Francis Pangilinan, will be left when the next Congress convenes.

At least three independent senators may be counted as Liberal allies—Francis Escudero, Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes, who all openly supported Aquino in the presidential contest.

But Lacson and Trillanes might not be able to vote in the election of the incoming Senate president. Lacson has gone into hiding abroad to evade arrest for his alleged involvement in the Dacer-Corbito murder case. Trillanes remains in jail for his involvement in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny.

Between Villar and Drilon, Villar is in a better position to forge a tactical alliance with Lakas-Kampi-CMD Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Lito Lapid. He may also court the support of Vicente Sotto III of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, who is identified with the Arroyo administration.

With the new alignment of forces, political watchers say Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will have little or no chance of retaining his position.

Enrile may only rely on his colleague in the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, and independent Senator Gregorio Honasan for support.

Enrile is unlikely to support Villar, whom he attacked as a corrupt politician during the last campaign, and is more likely to lean towards Drilon, a former law partner.

In the House of Representatives, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD expects to retain its dominance. The administration party fielded 169 candidates for congressmen, of whom about l06 have already been proclaimed or are about to be proclaimed winners, says party executive director Ray Roquero.

President Gloria Arroyo, who is running for Congress in the Second District of Pampanga, is far ahead of her opponents there, and wants to be speaker. The administration party’s control over the House is crucial to that bid.

Among the Lakas congressional bets who have either been proclaimed or are about to be proclaimed are:

Mitz Cahayon, Caloocan City; Magtanggol Guiniguindo, Valenzuela City; Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David, Manila; Roman Romulo, Pasig City; Bernardo Vergara, Baguio City; Victor Ortega, La Union; Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan; Rodolfo Albano Jr., Isabela; Janet Garin, Iloilo; Sergio Apostol, Leyte; Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte; Pedro Romualdo, Camiguin; Imelda Dimaporo; Lanao del Norte; Thelma Almario, Davao Oriental; Francisco Matugas, Surigao del Norte; Philip Pichay,

Surigao del Sur; Simeon Datumanong, Maguindanao; Tupay Loong, Sulu; Rodolfo Antonino, Nueva Ecija; Carina Umali, Nueva Ecija; Pedro Pancho, Bulacan; Albert Garcia, Bataan; Lani Revilla, Cavite; Elpidio Barzaga, Cavite, Edcel Lagman, Albay; and Rolando Andaya and Dato Arroyo, Camarines Sur.

A question mark is Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, who seems open to becoming speaker again after winning election to the Fourth District of Quezon City.

He was noncommittal about going head to head against Mrs. Arroyo, with whom he was allied until the last election, when he bolted to the Liberals.

In a text message to Manila Standard, Belmonte said, “I will cross the bridge when I get there.’’ With Roy Pelovello

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Comelec pushing Congress to rely on automated count, not manual CoCs

By Marie A. Surbano

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A president-elect proclaimed by Congress on the basis of electronically transmitted data appears to be the wish of the Commission on Elections, as the Comelec yesterday urged Congress to start counting the votes for president and vice president, despite the Senate not having received the manually prepared Certificates of Canvass (CoCs).

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez urged Congress to do the count by making use of the electronically transmitted CoCs as its basis in coming up with the results and for Congress to quickly proclaim a president-elect.

“Automation works. Automation is effective. All that is left is to see how many people can take advantage of it and its benefits, and, hopefully, Congress will also do that (rely on the automated count),” he said.

He stressed that Congress can start counting the votes for the two highest positions as almost all election returns are already transmitted and that it will not take long before the provincial board of canvassers (PBoCs) can complete the canvassing.

Senate sources, however told the Tribune yesterday that it is unlikely that the electronically transmitted data will be the basis of any presidential and vice presidential proclamation, as members of Congress prefer to wait for all the manually prepared CoCs before convening as a canvassing board, and use the manual CoCs as their basis for the proclamation of the president and vice president elect to ensure that the count is accurate and jibes with the electronically transmitted count.

“They (Congress) feel that this is the best way to check on the accuracy of the automated count. If they just go with the electronic count, then there won’t be any counter check on the electronically-transmitted count. It would be exactly the same (as the count Comelec has been doing the past days,” the sources said.

A senator who asked not to be named also told the Tribune that “perhaps the Comelec and others want to apply this pressure on the Congress, because they (Comelec) are afraid that the count will be different, if the manual CoC will be the basis of the congressional count, and not the electoronic count.”

The senator added that should the congressional count not match that of the Comelec’s electronically transmitted data, then this could reflect on the high inaccuracy of an automated count.”

On the part of Senate President Juan Ponce Ernile, he said the date of the national canvassing can be pushed ahead. “That can be discussed,” he said, adding that “Congress is the one that canvasses the votes cast for each candidate for president and vice president. It is the function of Congress to proclaim through proper resolution whoever is the winner for president as well as for vice president. No one else can do that,” Enrile said.

“Nobody will become president unless there is a proclamation of Congress. So any speculation, any tabulation or any summation of results of election will be meaningless. It is Congress, under the Constitution, that is authorized to do the formal canvassing and proclamation of winner for president and vice president,” he added.

Already, Speaker Prospero Nograles has instructed House Secretary General Marilyn Barua-Yap to lead the House special task force on canvassing in a series of consultative meetings with its Senate counterpart led by Senate Secretary Emma Lirio Reyes.

“We have agreed to propose to the joint session of Congress options on the rules of canvass that may be adopted to ensure efficient, transparent and credible canvass of votes,” Yap said in a press statement.

The canvassing is expected to be held at the Batasan Pambansa complex in Quezon City.

But Jimenez said that it is not yet clear when Congress will convene to canvass the votes for president and vice president.

According to, Section 16 of the Omnibus Election Code states that Congress should convene not later than 30 days after Election Day to open all the CoCs and count the votes for the positions of president and vice president.

“I see nothing that prevents them from doing it earlier so they should be able to do that if they are minded to,” he added.

Jimenez, however admitted that the Comelec cannot dictate on Congress when or how to count the votes.

“They formulate their own rules of canvass. Right now, we don’t know whether they will use our automated system or they will opt to use the CoCs that will be brought to them... if they want to do it slower, if they want to use different methods,, we are perfectly fine with that,” added Jimenez.

The Comelec en banc is sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) that will canvass votes for senatorial and party-list votes.

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Arroyo proclaimed in Pampanga


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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga. — President Arroyo was proclaimed congresswoman of the second legislative district of Pampanga Wednesday night.

She will start her term as a lawmaker when she bows out as president on June 30.

Arroyo’s proclamation by Pampanga Provincial Election Supervisor lawyer Temie Lambino was greeted with cheers by more than 600 provincemates at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

A large crowd gathered outside the building where the provincial canvassing of votes was held.

Arroyo got 77 percent or 169,109 of the 219,592 votes cast in the 22 towns and cities in Pampanga.

Her closest rival, Adonis Simpao of the Liberal Party, received only 20,922 votes.

Arroyo was accompanied by her "kumadre" Lilia Pineda, who defeated incumbent Gov. Ed Panlilio.

Pineda received 488,521 votes as against 242,367 votes of Panlilio, the candidate of the Liberal Party.

Arroyo replaced her elder son, Juan Miguel, in the second district. The younger Arroyo is gunning for a seat in the House of Representatives as a nominee of the party-list Ang Galing ng Pinoy.

Arroyo served as senator in the 9th and 10th Congress before she won as vice president in May 1998. She was then the running mate of Lakas-CMD candidate Jose de Venecia.

Aside from Arroyo, the winning congressmen were Carmelo Lazatin (first district); Aurelio Gonzales (third district); and Anna York Bondoc (fourth district).

Vice Gov. Joseller Guiao won his reelection bid.

Despite the administration party’s domination in Pampanga, the LP’s standard bearers took the province.

Sen. Benigno Aquino III got 327,666 votes as against 290,462 votes for Lakas-Kampi presidential bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

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Aquino took 8 regions in win


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BENIGNO Aquino III was the top choice for president in eight regions all over the country, including the Metro Manila, a regional scan of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting showed.

In the breakdown of votes, Aquino took Regions 4A, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 (Calabarzon, Bicol, and the Western, Eastern and Central Visayas, and Caraga), the National Capital Region and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. His closest rival, Joseph Estrada took Regions 2, 10 and 12 (Cagayan Valley, Northern Mindanao and SOCCSKSARGEN.

Manny Villar got the most votes from Region 1 (Ilocos). Gilberto Teodoro took one province, Camiguin, in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao).

Several regions were split between the two top presidential candidates, such as Central Luzon, Cordillera Autonomous Region, Regions 4B (Mimaropa) and 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula).

In Central Luzon (Region 3), some provinces proved to be Aquino’s bailiwicks, such as Bataan, Bulacan, Zambales, his home province Tarlac, and President Arroyo’s province, Pampanga. Estrada took Nueva Ecija and Aurora provinces.

Vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, took majority of the votes in Region 2, 4a, 11 (Davao), 12 and NCR, while his closest rival Mar Roxas took Regions 6, 7 and 13 (Western and Central Visayas, and Caraga).

"All the other regions were split between Roxas and Binay, which reflects how close a race this is between the two," said PPCRV media and communications director Ana de Villa-Singson.

This was based on the 4:34 p.m. partial and unofficial tally of the PPCRV of 88.78 percent of the total clustered precincts.

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Garcia reelected as governor: Gwen wins by 90,000 votes

By Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon
The Freeman
Updated May 13, 2010 12:00 AM

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CEBU, Philippines - Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia was proclaimed winner of the gubernatorial race last night by the Provincial Board of Canvassers of the Commission on Elections at the Capitol Social Hall.

Garcia garnered a total of 639,587 votes against the 543,246 of her main rival Hilario Davide III.

Declared winner of the vice gubernatorial race was incumbent Gregorio Sanchez with 543,924 against the 517,687 of Glenn Soco, who was the runningmate of Garcia.

Garcia said that her margin of victory showed that it wasn’t a close fight.

“Having a margin of over 90,000 is not a close fight, I want to correct that mind-setting impression,” said Garcia before the proclamation.

She made this statement after several said that Davide, who was a two-term councilor of Cebu City before he threw his hat into the gubernatorial derby, gave the incumbent governor a run for her money.

Garcia said that her rivals tried to use a smear campaign against her, but she still prevailed.

The governor said that despite the black propaganda against her, the people of Cebu still gave her a new mandate.

“Bisan unsa kagrabe sa ilang pagbugal- bugal nako apan ang katawhan sa Sugbo mibarog kanako,” Garcia said.

Garcia presented to the media the propaganda materials containing caricatures maligning her that were distributed one day before the elections.

She also said that Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña even used the resources of the city to campaign for Davide by putting up billboards at the South Road Properties heckling her.

She also said that she will look into the results of the elections closely and try to figure out where they failed, but she is happy that most candidates of One Cebu Party won.

Garcia added that she will finish the projects that she started in her first two terms of office.

Congressional, Pb Races

In the First District, Rep. Eduardo Gullas was given an overwhelming fresh mandate having garnered 209,208 votes while his closest rival, Luna Sabalones, only got 10,527 votes.

Also given a fresh three-year term was Provincial Board Member Julian Daan for the 1st District. He will be joined by Dr. Sergio Restauro, a Councilor of Talisay City.

Daan, who is a popular radio personality, got a total of 156,341 votes while Restauro got 63,458 votes.

Rep. Pablo Garcia, the governor’s father, was also reelected to his post in the 2nd District while his son, Rep. Pablo John Garcia, also handily won in the 3rd District.

The elder Garcia got a total of 117,670 votes while his son garnered 127,730 votes.

The incumbent PB members of the 2nd District also got reelected. John Peter Calderon got 83,870 votes while Wilfredo Caminero got 77,783 votes.

In the 3rd District, PB member Ian Zambo was re-elected with 95,525 votes. He will be joined in the Provincial Board by Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, who garnered 92,508 votes.

In the 4th District, incumbent Rep. Benhur Salimbangon handily won the race this time with a total of 137,324 votes against former Bogo Mayor Celestino “Tining” Martinez III, who only got 66,165.

The congressional race of this district was the most controversial in the 2007 elections. In fact, Martinez was declared winner by the Comelec weeks before the start of the campaign period, but never got the chance to take the seat as Salimbangon sought legal remedies.

Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura got 90,548 votes to earn a seat in the PB for the 4th District joining reelected Joven Mondigo, who got 88,340 votes.

Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI was also reelected in the 5th District with a total of 163,874 votes against his cousin Jesus Durano, Jr. who got 24,441 votes.

Reelected as PB member for the 5th District was Agnes Magpale with 148,317 votes. She will be joined by nephew Jude Sybico, who got 103,099 votes in the board.

Former PB Member Gabriel Luis ‘Luigi’ Quisumbing was the runaway winner in the 6th District congressional race with an overwhelming 113,996 votes against rivals Ariston “Baludong” Cortes with 10,402 votes and Atty. Victor Biano with 5,504 votes.

Two former mayors also won seats for the provincial board representing the 6th District.

Former Mandaue City Mayor Thadeo Ouano made it with 81,575 votes while former Cordova Mayor Arleigh Sitoy got 66,746 votes. — with reports from Lesley Caminade and Jose Sollano/NLQ (FREEMAN NEWS)

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