May 27, 2011, Filed under Press Release

“Agbayani has all the right to file an electoral protest for not having won the gubernatorial race, but this move is just a waste of time,” Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. said in reaction to the electoral protest of losing gubernatorial bet Victor Agbayani.

Governor Espino said he is wondering how the election protest to prosper when the election exercise was conducted using an automated machine which showed that he won in all 44 towns and 3 cities all over the province with a wide margin of 532,000 votes against his opponent.

“Masyado yatang malaki yong lamang ko at automated machine pa ang ginamit,” the governor said.

“Naniniwala ako na talagang nanalo ako sa isang malinis at maayos na eleksyon,” Espino stressed.

In a separate interview, Provincial Administrator Raffy Baraan said that Gov. Espino does not feel bad about the issue but instead he is wondering why Agbayani filed a protest when in fact Gov. Espino smothered him (Agbayani) in the last gubernatorial election by a wide margin.

“This is the first time where a winning gubernatorial candidate won in all towns by a margin of more than 500,000 votes,” Baraan explained.

Further, Baraan said he is also baffled why Agbayani filed a protest when “there were no complaints from the field stating that there was manipulation of the PCOS machines.”

Perhaps, Baraan said, Agbayani just wanted to establish if there were some anomalies during the 2010 election. “He just want to satisfy himself by asking for a recount,” Baraan added.

Meanwhile, Baraan commented on the statement made by Provincial Election Supervisor Temie Lambino that all undertakings will be shouldered by the protestant, who is Agbayani.

“That is not entirely true. If there is a case, the defendant, Gov. Espino, is going to spend money for the lawyers and the people who will watch over the manual counting of the ballots,” he said.

But still, according to Baraan, this will not affect “the quality and amount of work that we will do for our province.”

Baraan said the governor will go on with his work to attend to the needs of its people in Pangasinan even with this kind of distraction. (PIO/Darwin Magalong)



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