Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:40:00 02/12/2011
A GROUP calling for a manual recount in Biliran amid charges of massive fraud there in the May 2010 elections expressed confidence the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) would act with impartiality on the case against Biliran Representative Roger Espina.
In a statement, Sr. Erlinda Lanigao, of the Sisters for Christian Community, said the people of Biliran were relying on the HRET to bring to light alleged fraud that cast doubts on the results of the congressional elections in the province.
“We are optimistic over the credibility, fairness and honesty of the HRET,” Lanigao said in the statement.
The HRET is composed of three Supreme Court justices and six members of the House of Representatives.
People from all walks of life have raised P1 million to bankroll the cost of the electoral protest against Espina. The money paid for the P771,000 docket and filing fees and cash deposits for a manual recount of votes in the province.
“We are thanking the honorable members of the HRET,” the nun said in the statement.
In July, Lanigao’s group launched the “Manual Recount Fund-Raising Campaign for Truth and Justice” and voluntarily pooled resources to raise the needed funds.
Businessmen contributed P30,000 each, while fish vendors, pedicab drivers, students, young professionals and ordinary citizens gave P10, P15, P20 and P50 to help raise money.
“A recount would affirm who the real winner is,” the group said.