LP says Roxas' bailiwicks to deliver 2.18-M more votes; no reason for Binay to celebrate victory

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

MANILA, May 13 — Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas has additional 2.18-million votes that would give the LP vice- presidential bet victory over Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay based on electronic results of last Monday’s elections gathered by the party, the Liberal Party has announced.

(LP) General Campaign Manager Florencio “Butch Abad today said that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has so far made public only 78.5 percent of the votes transmitted electronically to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and 21.5 percent have yet to be counted.

“Assuming that there are 500 estimated voters per clustered precinct, the number of votes to be counted by the Comelec is about 8.2 million and assuming of a 75 percent voter turnout, almost 6 million votes have yet to be tallied,” Abad told a press conference, pointing out that there is “no reason” for Binay to celebrate victory.

Abad added that Roxas would surge past Binay in the vice presidential race had the votes in Region 6, composed of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental and Region 7 that groups Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor be included in the tally.

Citing reports coming from the ground, votes garnered by Roxas in the 10 provinces alone were at least 3.5 million, while Binay cornered only 1.3 million votes, which translates to a 2.18 million votes, according to Abad.

Abad was convinced that if the tally would include the said provinces alone, which are known bailiwicks of Roxas, the LP vice presidential candidate would surpass current lead of 800,000 based on partial and unofficial tally of the Comelec.

“Hindi pa tapos ang laban na ito at talagang magiging mahigpit ang labanan (This fight is not yet over and the vice presidential race is too close to call),” Abad said.

Likewise, Abad slammed Binay for saying that he had already won the vice presidential derby although Congress has yet to convene as national board of canvassers to officially count the votes and proclaim the new president and vice-president. Abad also criticized Binay for saying that any turnaround in the results would mean that there is cheating.

“Walang sinumang pwedeng magsabi na panalo sila lalo na may mahigit na 6 million na boto na hindi pa nabibilang (Nobody can say that they have already won since there are still 6 million votes that have not been counted). There’s no reason to celebrate yet,” Abad said. (PNA)

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