AGA MULACH LOSES CAMARINES SUR CONGRESSIONAL BID


MANILA, MAY 20, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola - After a neck and neck numbers race, veteran actor and congressional aspirant Ariel "Aga" Muhlach lost the bid to become representative of 4th District of Camarines Sur on Thursday night.

Rival Felix William "Wimpy" Fuentebella was declared congressman with 82,834 votes against Muhlach's 80,629 votes earned during the May 13 election.

Muhlach's frustrated supporters protested at the Tigaon Municipal Hall upon news of the actor's failed bid, forcing local authorities to close the municipal compound.

Both camps earlier accused each other of vote-buying and cheating, causing some tension in the area.

While Muhlach also cried foul over some votes declared invalid, Fuentebella accused Muhlach of misleading some voters by claiming the Department of Social Welfare and Development's conditional cash transfer project as coming from him.

Fuentebella comes from an old political clan with members having occupied top positions in the area for over 100 years, such as former House Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Fuentebella wins, but Aga Muhlach refuses to accept loss By Juan Escandor Jr., Shiena Barrameda, Tina G. Santos Inquirer Southern Luzon, Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:51 pm | Friday, May 17th, 2013


[Supporters flock at the municipal hall of Tigaon, Camarines Sur to show support to actor Aga Muhlach, a candidate for representative of the province’s fourth district.INQUIRER PHOTO/LOEN MAY GONZALES/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON]

CAMARINES SUR – William “Wimpy” Fuentebella won the biggest challenge so far faced by the Fuentebellas in their own turf, narrowly holding on to the Partido district in Camarines Sur which their family has controlled politically for a century.

Fuentebella was proclaimed winner by the provincial canvassing board Thursday night in the hotly contested fourth district congressional race, garnering 82,834 votes, or a margin of 2,205 votes, over actor Aga Muhlach’s 80,629 votes.

Muhlach, however, refused to concede and filed before the Commission on Elections main office in Manila a petition to annul Fuentebella’s proclamation at 2 p.m. Friday.

In his petition, Muhlach asked the Comelec to annul and set aside the certificate of canvass (CoC) in the province’s fourth district and the proclamation of his rival.

Muhlach asked the Comelec to declare failure of elections in Camarines Sur, saying election returns from several areas were not transmitted due to “corrupted” compact flash (CF) cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

In Tigaon town, Muhlach said the board of election inspectors (BEI) were unable to print election returns.

He said the BEI tried to fix the problem, but the CF cards were supposedly found to be corrupted and thus could not transmit election results.

A total of 668 registered voters cast their votes in the affected polling precincts, he said.

Muhlach further alleged that in several other areas in Camarines Sur, there were PCOS machines that shut down and failed to transmit election results.

There were also about 80 ballots that were rejected by the PCOS machines in various clustered polling precincts, he said.

Apart from technical glitches, the actor also cited reports of violence and intimidation that affected the outcome of the elections.

Lawyer Howard Calleja, counsel for Muhlach, said by phone Friday they believed Fuentebella’s proclamation was illegal and invalid since there were still uncounted votes from precincts in Tigaon, Siruma and Sagnay towns that were excluded in the canvassing by provincial canvassing board.

He said the total number of ballots in the uncounted election returns was estimated to be over 3,000 votes.

He likewise raised the allegation of cheating, saying there were alleged discrepancies in the counting of votes, as a basis for asking the Comelec to conduct new elections in the questioned precincts.

Fuentebella refused to answer questions from reporters on allegations of cheating when he was interviewed following his proclamation Thursday night.

He ignored the reporters asking the question as he briskly walked to his waiting car.

FROM PHILIPPINE STAR

Aga asks Comelec to declare failure of elections in CamSur By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 16, 2013 - 12:00am 111 743 googleplus2 1

MANILA, Philippines - After being reported to have won the congressional race, actor Aga Muhlach yesterday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to declare failure of elections in Camarines Sur.

In a five-page petition, Muhlach said failure of elections must be declared in Camarines Sur since election returns from several areas were not transmitted due to “corrupted” compact flash (CF) cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

In five clustered precincts in Tigaon town, Muhlach said the board of election inspectors (BEI) was unable to print election returns.

He said the BEI tried to fix the problem, but the CF cards were supposedly found to be corrupted and thus could not transmit election results.

A total of 668 registered voters cast their votes in the affected polling precincts, he said.

Muhlach further alleged that in five other areas in Camarines Sur, there were PCOS machines that shut down and failed to transmit election results.

There were also about 80 ballots that were rejected by the PCOS machines in various clustered polling precincts while there were PCOS machines that were left unguarded.

Aside from technical glitches, Muhlach also cited reports of violence and intimidation that have affected the results of the elections.

“Sanctity and authenticity of ballots have been compromised,” he said.

Muhlach was reported yesterday to be trailing in the canvassing of votes for the fourth district congressional seat in Camarines Sur.

A day after the elections, Muhlach was reported to have won the congressional race, beating Felix William Fuentebella.

Aside from Muhlach, two candidates in Maguindanao also asked the Comelec to declare failure of elections in three municipalities in the province.

Candidates Hadji Tacao Mastura and Ali Midtimbang said no elections were held in Sultan sa Barongis, Odin Sinsuat and Buluan towns due to violence.


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