By Anthony Giron
TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite — Three congressional representatives and six provincial board members have been proclaimed as winners in the May 13 elections.
The Cavite Board of Canvassers said Wednesday the proclamation was delayed because of secure digital (SD) card glitches in at least four cities and one municipality in the province.
The SD cards contain the data on the ballots fed into the vote counting machines (VCMs).
Cavite Provincial Chief Prosecutor Gavino B. Mapanoo, who is seating as vice chairman of the canvassing board, said the district representatives and board members who have been proclaimed are from 1st District (comprising Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite), 2nd District (Bacoor) and 5th District (Carmona, Silang and General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) or CarSiGMA).
Mapanoo named the winners as incumbent Reps. Blue Boy Abaya (Liberal Party) and Strike Revilla (National Unity Party) and Dahlia Loyola (National People’s Coalition).
Abaya, who hails from Kawit, won by a wide margin over his closest rival while Revilla ran unopposed in the 2nd District.
Loyola, the incumbent mayor of Carmona, also won handily against her rival in 5th District.
Proclaimed winners for the two-board member seats in the province’s eight districts were 1st District’s Davey Chua (Nacionalista Party) and Romel Enriquez (NP), Bacoor District’s Aba Gawaran (NPC) and Edwin Malvar (LP) and 5th District’s Ivee Jayne Reyes (NP) and Allston Kevin Anarna (Independent).
The canvassing board said the winners in the gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial and other congressional district representatives and board seats could be proclaimed between Wednesday and Thursday.
Mapanoo said that Cavite City, the Districts of Imus, Dasmarinas and General Trias and the municipality of Alfonso had yet to transmit the election returns as of 9 a.m. Wednesday due to the problems with the SD cards.
“The cards have to be brought to Cabuyao, Laguna, for reconfiguration then re-feed all ballots of Precinct Count Optical Scan machines to complete transmission,” Mapanoo said.
The latest unofficially tally showed that Gov. Juanito Remulla Jr. (NP) leading former Gov. Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi by over 300,000 votes.
Remulla’s running mate Vice Gov. Ramon Jolo Revilla III (NPC) is running unopposed in the second top executive post.