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Codillas file election protest vs. Gomez, Locsin

THE Codilla couple, Eric and Julida, who ran as mayor and vice-mayor of Ormoc City and lost in the May 13, 2019 polls, have filed election protests this week versus the winners Mayor Richard Gomez and Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo “Toto” Locsin Jr. with the Commission on Elections, seeking for a recount and claiming they lost because of “anomalies and irregularities due to massive automation glitches”.

To recall, former mayor Codilla who got 29,981 votes in the exercise, lost to incumbent Mayor Richard Gomez who got 77,977 votes, or a difference of 47,996 votes. While Julida Codilla got 24,756 compared to Vice Mayor Toto Locsin who got 79,674 votes, or a difference of 54,928.

A brother, Eufrocino Codilla Jr. or “Winnie”, who ran for Congress and lost to Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, got 25,150 votes compared to Lucy’s 81,281, or a difference of 56,131, in Ormoc City alone. Districtwide, Codilla only received 51,155 votes compared to Lucy’s 178,919, or a difference of 127,764. 

In a copy of the complaint filed by Julida Codilla versus Vice Mayor Toto Locsin obtained by the EV Mail, she claims that the “automation glitches marred the conduct of voting” affecting the results of all of Ormoc’s 198 clustered precincts and that she has been deprived of thousands of votes, and that she is disputing and impugning the results of the elections. 

“Had it not been for the anomalies and irregularities due  to massive automation glitches, the results of the City Vice-Mayoralty elections in Ormoc City, Leyte would have been different and protestant would have won decisively,” she said. 

Taking the results of Brgy. Linao as an example, she said that there are 5,436 registered voters in the barangay. However, they have a “signature campaign” saying that more than 2,000 voted for her, but only 1,182 were counted in the polls.

Halalan 2019 of GMA News Online, on the other hand, shows that the winner Toto Locsin won with 3,133 votes in the said barangay. 

Ormoc has 134,487 registered voters. Data obtained from the city’s Commission on Election office shows that only 113,345 “actually voted” or a voter turnout of 84.29%. 

The election was generally peaceful and only one Vote Counting Machine (VCM) had a problematic SD, in Guintigui-an, causing a delay in the proclamation of winners. The barangay has only around 500 registered voters, where the Gomezes and Locsins won and 9 allied councilors. 

The winners of the Ormoc elections were only proclaimed in May 15, after the SD card was replaced and the vote count transmitted. 

Gomez’s Ormoc Development Team (ODT) won big with a straight “13-0” vote and with big margins or “landslide”. 

87 barangays out of 110 delivered a 13-0 win for ODT, and 17 with a 12-1. 

The Codillas only won in 4 small barangays, and lost in their known family bailiwick, Brgy. Valencia, by around 700 votes. 

On the other hand, incumbent Kananga mayor Rowena “Weng” Codilla who lost to Lucy’s brother Matt Torres by 2,142 votes, has conceded her defeat in her FB page. 

Mayor Susan Ang of San Isidro town, who lost to newcomer Wingbebot Veloso by only 1 vote, has also conceded to the winner. 

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