Jejomar Binay files electoral protest vs. Makati Rep. Peña

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16)— Former Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday filed an electoral protest against Kid Peña, who beat him for a congressional seat in Makati City during the midterm elections.

Binay, in a 70-page protest filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), contested the election and proclamation of Peña, who won as Makati City 1st District Representative by a margin of 5,806 votes.

Peña obtained 71,035 votes, according to the Board of Canvassers, while Binay only had 65,229. 

“This election protest is not filed out of spite. It is a challenge to uncover the true will of the people, the voters of Makati City.” Binay wrote in the document dated July 15.

Citing "various manifestations of fraud, anomalies, and irregularities,” Binay appealed for the tribunal to conduct a manual recount of votes in all 235 clustered precincts in the city.

“There were simply numerous reports of machine malfunctions, voter disenfranchisement, and other issues pertaining to widespread fraud,” the protest read.

“Considering the “slim margin” between their vote counts, the electoral protest said the votes in contest are “crucially determinative” of the true Representative of Makati’s first district. “As it is, the proclamation of (Peña) was based on figures plagued by mysteries,” it added.

Apart from a manual recount, Binay also asked for a “comprehensive and forensic” analysis of the Automated Election System, including the accuracy of vote-counting machines, the printed and electronically-generated ballots, and election returns.

He also accused Peña of engaging in vote buying -- saying that the latter’s group handed out ₱500 to ₱2,000 to voters.

Binay’s daughter, Abby, retained her Makati mayoralty post after a landslide victory against her brother, Junjun. 

Meanwhile, Abby's husband, Luis Campos, also won as fourth district representative of Makati with a total of 90,736 votes from the official tally.