• Accept defeat, Tingting urged


    An ally of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has urged the President’s aunt, defeated Senate bet Margarita Cojuangco, to accept her loss in the May polls for good.

    Rep. Romero Quimbo of Marikina, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, made the call in light of Cojuangco’s accusations that the election watchdog which she heads named Isang Bayan, Isang Boto found evidence that the administration bets were digitally picked so that they would win most of the Senate seats in the 2013 elections.

    Cojuangco, one of the Senate bets of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), finished at 24th with only 2.4 million votes. Further, she only ended up at 15th place with 139,124 votes in Tarlac province where she served as the governor from 1992 to 1998. It has been five months since her defeat in the 2013 polls.

    “Please, let’s not give credit to those seeking attention. Maybe those who ended up in 13th or 14th place can contest the results, but when your home province didn’t even delivered the votes for you, then it’s time to stop this [contest],” Quimbo told reporters.

    As expected, the 2013 polls was dominated by Team PNoy, the Aquino administration’s Senate slate. Those who won under Team PNoy include by order of the votes they got are : Grace Poe-Llamanzares (16.34 million votes), Loren Legarda (14.94 million votes), Francis Escudero (14.14 million votes) Allan Cayetano (14.13 million votes), Juan Edgardo Angara (12.85 million votes), Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th (12.38 million votes), Aquilino Pimentel 3rd (11.85 million votes), Antonio Trillanes 4th (11.39 million votes) and Cynthia Villar (11.07 million votes).

    Of the nine UNA candidates, only three of them broke into the Magic 12 in the 2013 polls namely: Nancy Binay (fifth), Joseph Victor Ejercito (eleventh) and Gregorio Honasan (twelfth).

    “At least five months have passed and everybody has accepted the results, even UNA leaders. Please move on. They lost. We should accept that,” Quimbo, who served as the spokesperson of the Team PNoy slate, added.

    UNA is led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. LLANESCA T. PANTI


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