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Saturday, June 8, 2013
CATARMAN, Northern Samar - Liberal Party (LP) stalwart reelectionist Deputy Speaker Raul Daza (1st district) has filed his election protest before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).
Daza, one of the senior LP lawmakers in the Lower House, told reporters in an interview Saturday, that he filed his electoral protest as he was allegedly cheated in the counting of votes at the Northern Samar Provincial Board of Canvassers that led to the proclamation of his opponent, returning Representative Harlin Abayon.
Daza who lost for only 52 votes said that “Abayon had an alleged margin of only 52 votes. I got 72,805 votes per canvass by the Provincial Board of Canvassers while Abayon got 72,857 votes. In my electoral protest filed last May 31 at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, I asked for a manual count of ballots in 17 precincts where my votes were not counted.”
Daza, who is one of the 30 defeated congressional candidates who have filed protests before the HRET, claimed that another reason why he filed his protest is the threats and intimidation by armed men in the area. “In my protest, I asked for the annulment of elections in eight precincts due to the threats and intimidation by the NPAs.”
Daza was the only lawmaker of the 12 incumbent congressmen in the region who lost on his reelection bid. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)