VICE President Jejomar Binay said Wednesday, May 11, he will not concede the presidential race and will wait for the Commission on Elections to release its final official results of the May 9 polls.
Binay was in Cebu on Wednesday to visit the wake of former Danao, Bohol, mayor Tomas R. Gonzaga at the Rolling Hills Funeral Homes on A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City.
Tomas died in Tagbilaran City last May 5 or four days before the election day reportedly due to the stress in the presidential campaign.
Tomas, who ran for mayor of Danao unopposed, was Binay’s provincial campaign manager in Bohol and served as the assistant to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama in the regional level.
Tomas, who was also Binay’s brother in Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, served as as Danao vice mayor from 1995 to 2004, and mayor from 2004 to 2013. He was replaced as mayor by his mother, Mayor Natividad Redulla Gonzaga, who decided not to run in the 2016 election in favor of her son’s political comeback.
Following the death of her son, Natividad decided to replace Tomas in the race.
Tomas will be buried at the Cebu Memorial Park. The date of his interment will still be announced.
In a press conference at the wake, Binay said his legal team is now gathering facts on why he got only almost 70,000 votes in Cebu Province when he has thousands of leaders in all municipalities and cities in the province.
He said that there are some factors to be looked into, such as reports that some vote counting machines encountered technical problems.
He said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) may file an election protest if the party’s legal team would find evidence of irregularity in the poll process.
“I am not satisfied with the elections but I am not giving any reason in the meantime,” Binay said, adding that he can’t even believed that his ally, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, lost to former mayor Tomas Osmeña in the local elections.
He, however, thanked his leaders and supporters in Cebu, especially those who stayed with him until the elections day.
Early this year, Binay was supported by majority of the Cebuano political leaders. But in April, only Rama and Toledo City Mayor John Henry Osmeña were left to his side as some of his allies decided to support the presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presidential front-runner.
Meanwhile, Binay said he was happy that his daughter, Representative Abigail Binay-Campos, won the mayoral race in Makati City, while his son-in-law Luis Campos (Abigail’s husband) won as congressman in Makati’s first district, replacing his wife in the House of Representatives.