By Joey A. Gabieta Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:26:00 04/08/2011

Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong welcomed the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) that ordered a manual recount of votes for the disputed congressional race in the province’s lone district.

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—Former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong welcomed the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) that ordered a manual recount of votes for the disputed congressional race in the province’s lone district.

With the recount, he added, the people of Biliran would have a chance to determine their rightful district representative.

“My appeal to the HRET is to really fast track the recounting of the votes,” Chong, reached on his mobile phone, said on Thursday.

The HRET is set to start the manual recount of votes on April 27.

Biliran Rep. Rogelio Espina, who was accused of benefiting from alleged fraud during the elections, could not be reached through his mobile phone.

But in an interview over radio station dyDW on Wednesday, Espina expressed confidence he would emerge victorious after the HRET recount.

Espina was declared winner by 351 votes after he garnered 40,010 votes while Chong got 39,659 votes.

But Chong said he hoped that the HRET recount would show that there was fraud in the counting of votes last May.

He said he decided to pursue his petition because of the “factual basis” that his camp had unearthed that “backed” their claim of electoral fraud.

He added he also received an outpouring of public support.

The HRET, composed of three Supreme Court justices and six congressmen, made the decision after Church-backed groups and residents of Biliran pooled funds to pay for the petition to review results of the elections in Biliran.

Sr. Erlinda Lanigao, a nun of the Sisters for Christian Community in Biliran, said in a statement that people were hoping the recount pushes through.

She said the recount would show the actual results of the voting in Biliran, which was marred by a power outage.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Hala! Naunsa naman kini.

    Hulos pukos ra ba gayud ang nahitabo sa provincial canvassing.

    Unsa kaha ang partisipasyon sa BILECO manangement nga timing man gayud nga nag.black out sa crucial nga oras sa canvassing.
    Imbis na maka.raise og protesta ang abugado ni Glenn Chong, nikalit lang man kawala ang kuryente.

    Maaram ba hi
    Glenn Chong nga an duduha ka PCOS machine an gngamit ha pagpanlimbong?

    Kay ano nga ngadi ha COMELEC allergic man hinduro hi PES JAPSON kun an kampo ni Glennn Chong ang mayda pakiana?

  2. Mao na ang giingun nga may gidapigan ang COMELEC sa biliran. Imbis sila ang muhatag ug balanse sa Election sila naman nuon ang ning offer ug mga anomaliya sa mga kandidato nga opportunista. Mao nang giingun nga bahala gagmay ang gihatag sa mga botante basta bastante ang opisyales sa comelec ug sigurado ang ilang kadaugan. hehehhe. Nag boost ug insakto ang mga alipores ni Espina kaniari nga dili na daw mauwat ang mga katawhan sa biliran sa kwarta, mao to nga wla daw ning daog si Chong kay dagko ra kaayo ang gipanghatag compared sa mga Espina nga gagmay lang. Nganung gagmay? kay gihaplakan man ang taga Comelec ug dako kay arun dako pod ang ilang igo.

  3. GO GO GO GLENN CHONG. WE ARE BEHIND YOU UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED. YOU ARE THE TRUE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF BILIRAN.

  4. UG NIA PA ANG MGA KOMENTO KANIARI SA MGA CHONGDOGS MAY KAPARTE SA ILANG pasangi nga limbong…

    1. rdjjdrrdj
    April 8th, 2011 at 4:57 pm
    Hala! Naunsa naman kini.

    Hulos pukos ra ba gayud ang nahitabo sa provincial canvassing.

    Unsa kaha ang partisipasyon sa BILECO manangement nga timing man gayud nga nag.black out sa crucial nga oras sa canvassing.
    Imbis na maka.raise og protesta ang abugado ni Glenn Chong, nikalit lang man kawala ang kuryente

    2. miggy
    April 8th, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    Mao na ang giingun nga may gidapigan ang COMELEC sa biliran. Imbis sila ang muhatag ug balanse sa Election sila naman nuon ang ning offer ug mga anomaliya sa mga kandidato nga opportunista. Mao nang giingun nga bahala gagmay ang gihatag sa mga botante basta bastante ang opisyales sa comelec ug sigurado ang ilang kadaugan. hehehhe.

    3. bec
    April 10th, 2011 at 4:02 am
    GO GO GO GLENN CHONG. WE ARE BEHIND YOU UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED. YOU ARE THE TRUE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF BILIRAN.

    4. BETSAIDA
    April 11th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    AMBOT UG NINGHATAG NA BA KAHA UG OFFICIAL STATEMENT ANG BILECO SA NAHITABO NGA BLACK-OUT DURING SA PROKLAMASYON?

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