Poll recount confirms Trajera win vs Olanolan

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Monday, December 16, 2013

DAVAO City’s Barangay 76-A Chief Rolando Trajera took the lead in the result of the recount and revision of the 117 ballot boxes contested by losing reelectionist Robert Olanolan based on the report released by the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 2.

The result yielded 6,966-6,807 votes in favor of Trajera. The first committee headed by MTCC Branch 2 clerk of court Juvy Ann Garcia tallied 2356-2229 in favor of Trajera while the third committee led by Melody Bartolomo of MTCC Branch 2 counted 2,507 votes for Trajera and 2,372 for Olanolan.

The second committee under Jesusa Cabahug of MTCC Branch 2, meanwhile, registered 2,206 votes for Olanolan and 2,103 for Trajera.

But Garcia, in an interview with Sun.Star Davao on Monday, said the result is not yet final since MTCC Branch 2 presiding Judge Marie Estrellita Tolentino-Rojas is yet to receive the comments from Olanolan and Trajera.

Olanolan was ordered to present evidence on allegation of election fraud while Trajera will have to respond to the evidences presented by the respondent.

She also clarified that the recount and revision committees only counted the uncontested ballots and disregarded those ballots contested by either of the parties.

Olanolan's legal counsel Alexis Lumbatan, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao, refused to comment further saying they haven't officially received a copy of the revision report.

"Ma-determine na namo kung unsa among i-present nga evidence laban kang Trajera ug unsa pay laing actions among buhaton kung ma-analyze na namo ang report (We will be determining the evidence that we will present against Trajera and our other actions once we have analyzed the report)," Lumbatan said.

Trajera's legal counsel Benjie Menor, in a separate interview, said they are waiting for Olanolan's party to comment before they will make any statement.

While the recount and revision is done, Rojas ordered MTCC Clerk of Court lawyer Maria Fe Maloloy-on to withdraw P2,670 from the P247,000 deposit of Olanolan intended for the procurement of the chains and padlocks for the ballot boxes.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.

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