By JACK C. GADAINGAN
May 17, 2010, 7:54pm
NAVAL, Biliran — This capital town is once again quiet, after four days of tension which started when the winning local candidates in the automated polls last Monday were proclaimed, and after incumbent Biliran lone district Rep. Glenn A. Chong reluctantly accepted defeat to challenger Rogelio J. Espina.
In his regular radio program ARANKADA aired over Radio Natin, Naval last Saturday, Chong called on his supporters to stop the protest rallies they have staged as he will now get ready to employ legal means in protesting the elections results.
Chong’s supporters, claiming that their candidate lost through electoral fraud and cheating, have been staging protest demonstrations here since Wednesday last week. Up to Friday last week, they barricaded the provincial capitol where the Provincial Board of Canvassers was holding the canvassing at the Legislative Building. The protest action has resulted to the wounding of one person, allegedly a Chong supporter.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Regional Director lawyer Nick Mendros, in an interview, belied the claims of the defeated Chong camp that massive election irregularities caused Chong’s defeat.
The Provincial Board of Canvassers in Biliran, headed by lawyer Richard Alvin N. Japson in the afternoon of May 11 proclaimed as winner for the lone congressional seat of Biliran Governor Rogelio J. Espina with 40,010 votes over incumbent Congressman Glenn Chong with 39,649 votes.