MANILA, July 15 (Mabuhay) — The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) on Tuesday said that they have resolved the first electoral protest favoring Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla as the duly elected representative of the second district of the province.
In a 17-page resolution, HRET Presiding Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. ruled that the 108,399 votes of Mercado-Revilla against protester, former Bacoor Mayor Jessie Castillo’s 40,192 votes “were won clearly and without any anomaly.”
Despite the wide margin, Castillo filed a protest before the HRET claiming that Mercado-Revilla cheated him through massive vote buying.
Castillo insists in his protest that within the 45-day campaign period, voters were brought to Island Cove Resort in Kawit, Cavite owned by the Remulla family, a close ally of the Revilla in Cavite.
Part of Castillo’s protest also claimed that Mercado-Revilla also brought voters to some other places in Bacoor where they were given P200 to P500 in exchange of their votes.
However, all the allegations were disputed by HRET by affirming that Mercado-Revilla won the seat without any anomaly. (MNS)