- Category: Regions
14 May 2013
- Written by Joey Pavia / Correspondent
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Re-electionist Gov. Lilia Pineda and her son, vice-gubernatorial candidate Dennis Pineda, appeared to have both won via landslide amid allegations that there was one pre-shaded ballot found in Guagua town on election day on Monday.
“Yes, I think there was one. But we are still checking, and we don’t want to preempt the investigation,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Pampanga Chairman Fernando Cot-om on Tuesday, when asked by journalists about the allegation raised by a voter in Barangay San Juan Nepo, Betis, Guagua.
This, as the first-term governor expressed gratitude over the “generally peaceful and orderly elections in Pampanga.”
Fernando said that as of Tuesday afternoon, at least 59 percent of the total votes cast had been transmitted to the canvassing area in the Benigno Aquino Hall at the Capitol compound here. The final and official results from 12 of the total 22 towns and cities were transmitted, he added.
Pineda got 289,087 votes, while former Gov. Eddie Panlilio had 67,980. Two other candidates collectively got 5,844 votes.
As the BusinessMirror went to press, Panlilio conceded to Pineda.
There are at least 1,081, 552 registered voters in the province.
For the vice-gubernatorial race, former Lubao Mayor Dennis Pineda got 233,669, while Ma. Amalia Tiglao-Cayanan garnered 78,297.
Cot-om said Sasmuan town transmitted the first result at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday. The others that came in succession were Arayat, Bacolor, Candaba, Floridablanca, Guagua, Macabebe, Magalang, Porac, Santa Ana, Santa Rita and Santo Tomas. Angeles City also transmitted its result, but it did not vote for the governor and vice-governor positions.