Leyte Samar Daily Express
Former Congressman of the lone district of Biliran, Atty. Glenn C. Chong’s spirit is buoyed up by a good number of Biliran voters who are unceasingly giving him all-out support in his electoral protest against COMELEC – proclaimed Representative Roger Espina.
Atty. Chong intimated to this column that he almost reached a certain point of giving up earlier considering how costly and turtle-paced the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) is in deciding on electoral protest cases as experienced in the past.
We have known scores of electoral protests similar to this that were decided on the year or even few months before the end of the term of the contested position. That’s heart-wrecking
If my memory “still” serves me right (the aging status, hehe) one Rosette Yniguez Lerias, of the lone district of Southern Leyte won an electoral protest against Congressman Roger “Oging” Mercado years ago, but she was left of only seven months to serve the remaining term. Eventually and sadly she lost when they staged a return bout during the election year few months that followed.
In Glenn Chong’s case he is emotionally emboldened when the people themselves initiated their protest through peaceful rallies from May 12-June 21. What was touching to the young lawmaker is when the people raised funds to help him underwrite the expenses for this unprecedented bold attempt to nullify the COMELEC proclamation of Roger Espina. Glenn has high hopes that it will be easier to get the authentic results with a recount from the ballots. The people simply want to find out the TRUTH about the controversial results in that May 10, 2010 elections in Biliran. They wanted to know where their votes went.
These people shared P20, some P50, even P10 from lowly people that include sikad-sikad drivers, fish vendors, real ordinary folks and many others who belong to the affluent gentry who strongly believe that their votes were not credibly counted, Glenn says. Funds campaign leaders feel confident that, at the rate these contributions are coming in they could raise P20 thousand at month’s end.
Atty. Glenn Chong shared with this column, scores of data/evidences to prove alleged electoral fraud that denied him his alleged victory in the recently concluded May elections. At the moment he is preparing charges to about 15 Board of Election Inspectors and election officials province-wide who he says obviously participated in the alleged fraud. This column feels that he is not at liberty to narrate these evidences as these would already be looked into by the HRET.
Rep. Teodoro Locsin, chair of the committee on Suffrage in the House who conducted hearings on a number of alleged electoral frauds nationwide has this to say in his report:
“Rep. Chong’s complaint is the most comprehensive in terms of evidences; clearest, cohesive……..” Worth watching!!