ILOILO CITY (11 Feb. 12) — Former justice secretary and representative Raul Gonzalez, Sr., admits he and businessman Larry Jamora are regularly in-touch with each other. Come this June, both will announce their plans. “By that time then, I might withdraw my electoral protest,” says Gonzalez in today’s episode of Kape kag Isyu talk show on Sky Cable’s channel 13.
Shaking hands after arrival
That statement implies that the former justice secretary and congressman, may throw his hat in the political arena in 2013 that warants a withdrawal of his protest now pending with the Comelec.
His son, Raul Jr. has a pending protest before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) which already ordered the revision of votes for 25 percent of the precincts. If the trend showed discrepancies with the official tabulation, the HRET will next order the revision (recount) in all precincts.
Standing by before the camera starts rolling
Gonzalez jr. lost to former Mayor and ally Jerry Trenas in the congressional race in 2010 while the elder to Jedd Patrick Mabilog for the mayoralty.
The Comelec is yet to rule on the revision of votes for 25 percent of the precincts for the mayoralty.
To recall, all precincts failed to transmit by email the canvass of votes evening of May 14, 2010. The computers or Picus machines were not delivered to city election board of canvassers at the public elementary school at Mabini Street. The picus machines and their memory cards were kept in individual homes sans security.
Broadcaster Kapid Gabio
The canvass of votes were delivered the afternoon of the next day, printed on strips of paper without security water marks of the Comelec.
I myself wondered. If Brgy. Igcabugao was able to finish the canvassing and emailed and printed the results by 7 pm, why all precincts in Iloilo City failed?
Supporters of Gonzalez
For comparison, Igcabugao, a mountain barangay, is the most remote in Igbaras town, 40 kilometers of the provincial capital Iloilo City.
The excuse given was lame: there was no signal from the telecom service provider. What? You mean the whole of May 14, 2010, Iloilo City hand no signal from telecom companies?
Pacita Gonzalez, MD
The one incharge in the automation and handling of the picus machines is a certain Francis Cruz, first cousin of the victorious Jerry Trenas.
Gonzalez, in previous episodes, described the incumbency of Trenas in the Lower House as “triple P” which means “pungku, pamati, pauli” (sit, listen and go home).
Asked whether that impression has changed, Gonzalez answered: “Have you heard of any legislative act he performed, or any project he delivered for Iloilo City?”
(While the talk show progressed, my attention was caught by a sight 30 meters away, under a shade. There were Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava sitting with Sen. Teofisto Guingona III. They could be talking of politics as well. The Gjingonas live in Cagayan de Oro/Misamis Oriental. The elder, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., traces their family roots to Guimaras.)
Senator Teofisto Guingona III
Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava with former broadcaster Arnel Asturias. The shot was taken from a distance; the subjects were unaware they were being photographed