SD cards for VCMs broke; proclamation suspended

TAGBILARAN CITY – The provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) yesterday suspended the proclamations of the remaining local winners in Monday’s elections, provincial election supervisor and PBOC chair Atty. Jerome Brillantes, who presided over the canvassing held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall yesterday.

Vice-gubernatorial candidate senior board member Atty. Dionisio Balite’s proclamation yesterday was moved today by Atty. Jerome Brillantes due to “destroyed SD card” of vote counting machines (VCMs) in the towns of Sierra-Bullones and Lila.

Also suspended was the proclamation of provincial board member-winners —- neophytes board members-elect Alexie Tutor, Victor Balite, Jade Bautista and reelectionist Elpidio Jala —- in third district.

Balite of the PDP-Laban defeated reelectionist Vice-Gov. Conching Lim of the Liberal party.

Comelec in some towns encountered problems in transmission of the results due to slow or no signal.

Some of the clustered precincts in the municipalities of Alicia and Antequera had the hard time to make their election results transmitted to PBOC due to slow or no signal at all, according to PBOC during the canvassing yesterday.

Earlier or during the voting day, two of the VCMs in barangays of Buenavista town were replaced with contingency ones for they did not function, according to vice-mayor-elect Atty. Dave Duallo in exclusive interview.

In Garcia-Hernandez town, some ballots after they’re filled up were rendered invalid due to ink stain in the ballots, Comelec said.

But the conduct of the elections was relatively peaceful and orderly with little hitches encountered by some voting places, reports reaching BNT said.

Meanwhile, LP in Bohol failed to deliver votes to its presidential standard bearer Mar Roxas, who was defeated by PDP-Laban’s bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the presidential derby.

And the much ballyhood “RORO” which stands for Roxas-Robredo tandem appeared to be no effect after all.

Just like the “Noy-Bi,” which was coined for the campaign slogan for P-Noy and Binay in 2010 elections, “RORO,” that later on found to be “Rodrigo-Robredo” is being campaigned for the election of Duterte and Leni Robredo.

Massive posters of Rodrigo (Duterte) and (Leni) Robredo were posted in the third district of Bohol with “I-Care” partylist on it.

Based on partial count by PBOC, Duterte garnered a total of 297,122 votes against his opponents. He’s followed by Roxas with 197,053; Grace Poe-Llamanzares, 65, 256; Vice-President Jejomar Binay, 41,304; and Sen. Miriam Santiago, 5,832.

Robredo topped the vice-presidential race in Bohol. She harvested a total of 261,151 as against her rivals: Alan Peter Cayetano, 162,631; Bongbong Marcos, 79,998; Chz Escudero, 51,218; Trillanes, 10,292; and Gringo Honasan, 9,410. (rvo)

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