Gonzalez withdraws petition to suspend canvass, gives way to smooth proclamation

May 14, 2010 8:04 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 14 – At exactly 10:45 a.m. Friday, Lakas-Kampi-CMD mayoral candidate former Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Raul Gonzalez Sr. withdrew his "pre-proclamation petition for a smooth proclamation reserving the right for an election protest if necessary."

His manifestation was relayed orally by legal counsel Eugenio Original when the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) resumed its session around 10 a.m. Friday.

"Considering the results of the retrieval of data in the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) brought to Manila and after considering the results of the manual audit of seven precincts, my client Raul Gonzales Sr., chairman of Lakas-Kampi-CMD and a mayoral candidate of the city instructed me to inform the board that we are not anymore contesting the ruling of the honorable board," Original said.

Likewise, Gonzalez will no longer appeal the decision of the CBOC denying their petition for suspension of the canvass and exclusion of the results of the flash cards that were not transmitted directly from the precinct level.

"My client gracefully accepts the facts on the ground that the tabulation of the votes coming from the flash memory cards showed Mayor Jerry Trenas and Vice-mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog winners," he said.

"We are therefore withdrawing our pre-proclamation petition for a smooth proclamation reserving the right for an election protest if necessary depending on the post election audit process such as the random manual audit and the test on the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines," he added.

Original also personally appealed before the CBOC "to allow the followers of congressman-elect now incumbent mayor Jerry P. Trenas and mayor-elect now vice-mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to enter the social hall to savor the ecstasy of the moment."

To recall, the CBOC chaired by lawyer Robert Salazar prohibited the entry of supporters inside the hall after creating much noise while the canvassing was going on.

He added that he is accepting with humility what happened to him and Iloilo provincial election supervisor lawyer Elizabeth Doronila as part of the practice of their profession.

The two were almost hit by bottles of mineral water thrown at them by supporters of Trenas and Mabilog early dawn of Wednesday.

"I just hope that the incident the other day will not be reflective of the administration of incoming congressman Trenas and mayor Mabilog," he stressed.

Meantime, the CBOC is now preparing to proclaim Trenas, Mabilog and the rest of the winning candidates anytime this afternoon.

The CBOC also lowered the threshold from 100 to 99 percent to give way to the proclamation.

Based on the official results Trenas garnered 101,304 votes against Raul Gonzalez Jr. with only 75,884 votes.

Mabilog has 80,654 votes as against the 64,948 votes of the elder Gonzalez.

Data from the CBOC revealed that only 193,153 of the 243,033 registered voters were able to cast their votes. (PNA)

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