Pamilya MKK candidates Mayor Monico Puentevella, Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Vladimir Gonzalez (l-r) at their press conference yesterday*
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella, standard bearer of Pamilya MKK and his running mate Vladimir Gonzalez filed an election protest before the Commission on Elections Central Office Friday seeking a public manual recount of all votes cast in Bacolod City.
Congressional candidate Jude Thaddeus Sayson yesterday said he has until June 15 to file an election protest before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal in Quezon City.
Their legal counsel Joseph Ray Gumabon showed during a press conference yesterday that out of 274,541 registered voters in Bacolod about 13,964 did not vote for a mayoralty candidate; 27,953 did not vote for congressman, and a staggering 40,670 voters failed to cast their vote for vice mayoralty choices.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday called on the Army and police not to be “over confident” and to stay on alert at all times to prevent a repeat of recent New People' Army attacks that have, so far caused the death of three soldiers and two farmers in Negros Occidental.
The governor said the NPA have been staging attacks, not only in Negros but all over the Philippines, citing Samar and Davao. They appear to have an agenda for these activities, which the military and police intelligence community will have to figure out, he said.
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BY CARLA GOMEZ
In a privilege speech before the Senate yesterday, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., reiterated his strong reservations on the canvassing of the results of the vice presidential elections, on the basis of what he claimed were electoral irregularities.
He said netizens were able to capture footage and other evidence of cheating from different parts of the archipelago, citing among others SD ( secure digital ) memory cards found in a garbage dump in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
City Election Officer Revo Sorbito had said earlier that all the SD cards of the Commission on Elections in Kabakalan City are accounted for, after three of them inadvertently ended up in the garbage.