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Proclamation of Ecija poll winners deferred

CABANATUAN CITY –The Nueva Ecija Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) on Wednesday night resumed the canvassing of votes in a hope to proclaim the winners three days after the elections.

The proclamation of the winners in 16 provincial positions, including those for governor, vice governor and four congressional posts remain hanging as election results in two vote-rich cities and five municipalities have yet to be officially transmitted to the provincial canvassing center here three days after the elections.

Lawyer Lydia Pangilinan, provincial election supervisor and chair of the PBOC, said they have yet to receive the results of canvassing in this city and Gapan City and in the municipalities of Cabiao, Gabaldon, Guimba, Jaen and Pantabangan.

Pangilinan said the proclamation cannot yet be held since the results in these areas may still affect the overall results in the positions for governor, vice governor, congressmen and those for seats in the 10-man Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

She said a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine in Guimba lost its eye button key, one of the machine’s security features.
She added though that they could not determine the reasons for the non-transmittal of results in the other areas.

The latest transmitted results came at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the cities of Muñoz and San Jose.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, re-electionist Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Umali and his running mate, Vice Governor Jose Gay Padiernos of Liberal Party/Unang Sigaw Partido ng Pagbabago continue to lead by wide margins based on official tallies in three of five cities and 22 of 27 municipalities.

Umali has 363,491 votes as against the 218,580 of outgoing First District Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson of the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (NPA-Balane) or a margin of 144,911 covering 78.12 percent of the votes cast.

Padiernos garnered 351,570 votes as against Joson’s brother-in-law and running mate, ex-vice governor Eduardo Joson IV’s 197,880 or a margin of 153,690.

It can be recalled that Umali posted landslide victories in the 2007 and 2010 gubernatorial races over Joson-Manuel’s husband, former vice governor and outgoing Quezon Mayor Mariano Cristino and then-vice governor Edward Thomas Joson, respectively.

In the congressional races, board member Estrelita Suansing holds a wide margin over Mariano Cristino and comebacking former two-time congressman Renato Diaz in the first district.

Suansing, wife of Customs deputy commissioner Horacio, obtained 87,891 votes as against Joson’s 74,046 and Diaz’s 14,437. Only the results in Guimba town which has 62,477 voters are being awaited.

In the Second District, re-electionist Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago is assured of victory, being unopposed.
In the Third District, Umali’s wife, reelectionist Rep. Czarina is headed for another landslide win with 142,055 votes as against human rights lawyer J.V. Bautista’s 79,679.

In the Fourth District, outgoing three-term Rep. Rodolfo Antonino’s daughter Magnolia is leading the four-way congressional race with 106,813 as against 35,205 of two-term San Leonardo Mayor Froilan Nagano, the 25,759 of former two-term congresswoman Julita Villareal and the 16,871 of Villareal’s sister-in-law, former San Isidro mayor Sonia Lorenzo. ● (PNA)


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