Muntinlupa mayoral bet cries fraud, supporters stage protest

Mary Joie Cruz
Muntinlupa mayoral bet cries fraud, supporters stage protest
Muntinlupa ex-Mayor Aldrin San Pedro and his supporters stage a protest after 20 precincts registered zero votes for him

MANILA, Philippines – Muntinlupa mayoral candidate Aldrin San Pedro, together with his supporters, staged a protest at the city hall on Monday night, May 9, after founding out that at least 20 precincts registered zero votes for him.

According to San Pedro, it is impossible for him to receive no votes from the precincts.

Imposible yun. So ibig sabihin, kahit yung mga poll watchers ko, hindi ako binoto,” San Pedro,” who served as Muntinlupa Mayor from 2007 to 2013, told Rappler. (That’s impossible. That means even my poll watchers didn’t vote for me.)

The partial results of the election caused a riot between the supporters of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate San Pedro and incumbent mayor Jaime Fresnedi of the Liberal Party (LP).

Due to the ongoing protest, Muntinlupa is now trending on Twitter. Here are some of the tweets:  

Now on his fifth term since he was first elected mayor in 1998, Fresnedi won two re-election bids in 2001 and 2004. After finishing his three terms in 2007, his wife Loreta ran for the mayoral seat but lost to then vice mayor San Pedro.

Fresnedi entered the race again in 2010, but was not successful until he ran again against San Pedro during the 2013 elections.

As of 2:37 AM, Fresnedi leads the race with 122,890 votes against San Pedro’s 66,889. Muntinlupa has 309,595 registered voters. Around 97.89% of election results have been transmitted. –

Mary Joie Cruz is a Rappler Mover.

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