Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is not bothered by the inclusion of Negros Occidental by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo because he believes in the accuracy of the vote counting machines.
“I believe there was no cheating” in Negros Occidental, he said.
On Wednesday, Marcos personally filed before the Supreme Court, which serves as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), his election protest against Robredo.
The camp of Marcos has asked the PET for the reopening of the ballot boxes in 36,465 clustered precincts in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Leyte, Masbate, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo, Bohol, Quezon, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, second district of Northern Samar, Palawan, Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Pangasinan, Isabela, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu Lapu City and Zamboanga City.
Marañon noted that losing candidates of Bacolod and Talisay cities are also seeking recounts.
He said that the 2013 polls a protest was also filed in Toboso town and a recount was conducted, that only showed a disparity of two votes.
Marcos may be questioning the Negros Occidental returns because Robredo even got more votes than Roxas, he said.
That is because Negros voters not only voted for Mar Roxas and Robredo, those who voted for Rodrigo Duterte and Grace Poe also voted for her, he said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia also said Thursday that, it does not matter to him if Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. includes Bacolod City in his electoral protest because he is confident everything was in order.
Robredo won with 119,447 votes in Bacolod City while Marcos had 42,923 votes, official Comelec returns showed.
In Negros Occidental, Robredo garnered 614,440 votes, while Marcos had 119,149 votes, Comelec figures also showed.
Marañon said the election protest filed by Marcos will be an expensive process.
He said the camp of Robredo will also have to keep a close watch if a manual count is granted to ensure that the votes are counted accurately and she is not cheated.
Marañon, who went to Robredo's inauguration Thursday, was seen seated beside Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino.
He said even if President Rodrigo Duterte has not given Robredo a Cabinet position, she can still excel at the job.
The governor pointed out that when Carlos Garcia won as president, he did not give any Cabinet post to vice president Diosdado Macapagal.
Macapagal went around the country and in the next election he won the presidency, Marañon said.*CPG
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