No sure win for unopposed bets

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

BEING unopposed does not mean that the elective post will be handed on a silver plate, even if you are Manny Pacquiao.

This was the reminder of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to would-be candidates in the May 2013 polls, saying they still to be voted in order to win.

“Despite being unopposed, we are still required to open one polling precinct in order to be able to make a proclamation,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Sunday.

Comelec records showed that of the 640 individuals that filed certificates of candidacy (COCs) to seek a seat in the Lower House of Representatives in next year’s elections, 18 of them will be running unopposed, including the Filipino boxing superstar.

Brillantes explained that similar to the manual elections, a single vote is necessary for an unopposed bet to clinch the victory.

But with the dawn of automated elections, where votes are transmitted by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in each polling precinct, the requirement has gone up to a whole precinct.

“Once a polling precinct has transmitted a result, we can already proclaim a winner as long as there is a vote for the specific candidate that is unopposed,” said Brillantes.

Aside from Pacquiao who is seeking re-election as Sarangani representative, other unopposed aspirants are Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, Josephine Lacson-Noel of Malabon, Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David of Manila, Marcelino Reyes of Marikina, Jose Christopher Belmonte of Quezon City, Maria Rachel Arenas of Pangasinan, Dakila Cua of Quirino, and Enrique Cojuangco of Tarlac.

Also revealed to have no challengers are Joseph Gilbert Violago and Joseph Francisco of Nueva Ecija, Joel Roy and Isidro Rodriguez Jr. of Rizal, Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro, Gerald Anthony Gullas of Cebu, Maria Carmen Zamora and Rommel Amatong of Compostela Valley, and Erple John Amante of Agusan del Norte. (HDT/Sunnex)

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