Novo Ecijanos have spoken:
M. Umali has been re-elected with a huge lead over his rival, Vice Gov.
Edward Thomas F. Joson.
unofficial tally by GMA News as of May 15 showed Umali with 476,921 votes
against Joson's 292,518 votes.
the vice gubernatorial race, Umali's team mate Gay G. Padiernos got 422,789
votes, beating his rival Rommel C. Padilla who obtained 315,333 votes.
won in all four congressional districts.
here for the unofficial results of the local elections in all
Nueva Ecija towns and cities, including those for the provincial and congressional
'unusually calm' during 2010 election period
Nueva Ecija police said that the peace and order situation in the province
remained unusually calm compared to the two previous elections.
Supt. Ricardo Marquez, provincial police director, said that there was
no violence associated with politics that was reported to the police.
are happy about it but we are not taking it easy,” he said. “So far, so
good and we hope this condition in Nueva Ecija will stay until the election
period is over.”
said that 1,500 policemen and 950 Army soldiers were assigned to the province
to ensure orderly and peaceful elections, with volunteers helping man security
assistance desks set up by the police and the military in the 740 polling
centers in the province.
4th Congressional District had the fewest number of police and Army soldiers
deployed despite the intense rivalry between re-electionist Rep. Rodolfo
Antonino and former Jaen Mayor Antonio Prospero Esquivel.
authorities also closely monitored the mayoral race in Gapan City, with
Vice Mayor Christian Tinio being pitted against Juanita Natividad, wife
of three term Mayor Ernesto Natividad.
PNP listed two cities and eight municipalities as election watch list areas.
These are the cities of Gapan and Muñoz and the towns of Aliaga,
Bongabon, Jaen, Licab, Lupao, Quezon and San Antonio. ###
delayed: 100 Ecija PCOS machines bog down
100 out of 103 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in Nueva Ecija
failed to transmit election results from 26 towns and five cities in the
province on election day.
problem continued to be experienced until four days later.
Election Supervisor Fernando Cot-on said that the compact flash cards (CFC)
used in the PCOS machines turned out to be defective, delaying the operation
of the Provincial Board of Canvassers. He had to go to the Smartmatic warehouse
in Cabuyao, Laguna last May 12 to get replacement cards so the provincial
canvass could continue.
provincial board of canvassers had received only the completed results
from Nampicuan and Palayan City. The board suspended the canvass in 26
towns and four cities because of the defective CFC cards
was learned that of the 103 PCOS machines used in the province, 26 failed
to transmit, 17 failed to count, 17 were defective and 15 malfunctioned.
the afternoon of May 13, eight towns and two cities had transmitted
their election returns. ###
entrusted to wrong hands?
were reports that after the elections, some PCOS machines were passed on
from the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) to unauthorized parties.
was learned that some PCOS machines wound up in the custody of barangay
chairs supposedly for safekeeping.
Vice Mayor Ler de Guzman said that out of 15 PCOS machines surrendered
by BEIs to the municipal hall, 10 went missing by noon of May 13.
were other unconfirmed reports from poll watchers about compact flash cards
being destroyed. ###
to challenge poll results
the apparent failure of the automated system of transmitting election results,
former Presidential Assistant for North Luzon Rene Diaz, who is running
for representative in the First Congressional District, is set to challenge
the integrity of the results of the canvassing of votes.
wants the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic to investigate the "suspicious"
failure of PCOS machines to transmit the results.
if there is doubt in the what transpired in between the supposed failure
of the PCOS machines to transmit (results) and the canvassing that's going
on right now in the provincial level, then it's not just the results of
the governors or congressmen in Nueva Ecija that may be put into question,
but results of all other national positions as well, such as for vice president,
senators or party lists,” Diaz explained.
Ecija has over one million voters, over 324,000 of them in Diaz's district.
massive failure of the PCOS machines to transmit results created tension
in the provincial canvassing board and delayed the proclamation of winners.
PPCRV swamped with reports of rampant vote buying
calls about incidents of vote buying clogged the lines of the Nueva Ecija
provincial police office on the eve of election day.
Ricardo Marquez, provincial police director, said the callers reported
cases of "gapangan" (literally: crawling) in some parts of Cabanatuan City,
where local candidates ensure their victory by contacting voters at night
and paying them.
Marquez said that when police officers were deployed to the areas where
vote buying was reported to be going on, they found no one.
tricycle drivers, senior citizens and market vendors in Cabanatuan City
allegedly received P200 each for voting for a certain mayoral candidate.
Gapan City, there were reports of voters being marked with indelible ink
on their forefingers in exchange for cash during the early morning hours
before the opening of precincts on election day -- a ploy to prevent them
from voting for a certain mayoral candidate.
the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) the only accredited
citizens' arm of the Commission on Elections, will pursue election related
cases after receiving reports of massive vote buying and other offenses
group said that it received reports of vote buying in Nueva Ecija, Angeles
City in Pampanga, Mariveles in Bataan and Binangonan in Rizal.
de Villa-Singson, PPCRV media communications director, said the group is
verifying and collating information on the election offenses before reporting
these to the COMELEC. ###
control for Ecija, five other places
before election day, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) placed Nueva
Ecija and six other areas in the country under its control.
Resolution 8887 declared Nueva Ecija (Region 3); Abra (CAR); Dasol town
in Pangasinan (Region 1); Buguey town in Cagayan (Region 2); Pantao, Ragat
and Matungao towns in Lanao del Norte (Region 10); Davao City in Davao
del Sur (Region 11) and the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
under the control of the commission.
under COMELEC control means that a special task force will be assigned
to oversee the area during the election period. The task force will consist
of a COMELEC commissioner, the highest ranking officials of the Philippine
National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines assigned in the
commissioner will be the acting governor and take the lead in running the
provincial government and exercising control over all the law enforcement
agencies in the area.
requests for COMELEC control were made by Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali;
Tineg, Abra Mayor Edwin Crisologo; Bangued, Abra Mayor Dominic Valera and
Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur Vice Mayor Wilson Nandang.
Lucenito Tagle had said that the local officials requested COMELEC control
because of the history of election related violence in their respective