The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has affirmed the proclamation and election of Nueva Vizcaya Gov. Ruth Padilla.
The Comelec Second Division dismissed for lack of merit the election protest filed against Padilla, wife of Nueva Vizcaya Congressman Carlos Padilla, by defeated gubernatorial candidate, Jose V. Gambito in the May 13, 2013 elections.
Padilla’s lawyer, Romulo B. Macalintal, said that “in a unanimous Order promulgated August 20, which we recently received, Comelec Commissioners Al Parreno, Arthur Lim and Sheriff Abas, ruled that the votes claimed by Gambito during the revision and recount of the ballots from the 76 pilot precincts were not enough to overcome Padilla’s vote-lead of 19,155 upon proclamation.”
In his protest, Gambito questioned the votes of Padilla from 379 clustered precincts on the grounds of alleged “massive vote-buying and misreading or miscalculation of votes due to faulty PCOS [Precinct Count Optical Scanners] machines and defective or tampered compact flash cards (CF Card).”
“In effect, the Order proved beyond doubt that there were no misreading nor miscalculations committed by the PCOS machines or any defective or tampered CF Cards, nor any massive vote-buying that marred the lawful election of Padilla contrary to Gambito’s baseless allegations,” Macalintal said.