Colmenares refuses to concede Senate race
MANILA, Philippines – Labor Win bet Neri Colmenares refused to concede the Senate race, calling the elections "rotten."
According to partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server, as of 11:48 pm Tuesday, May 14, with 95.63% of precincts having transmitted results, Colmenares had garnered 4,584,506 votes.
"I will never concede defeat to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable. Tuloy ang laban! (Let's continue the fight)," Colmenares said in a tweet Tuesday night. (READ: Neri Colmenares wants badly to be the first Leftist in the Senate)
I will never concede defeat to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable. Tuloy ang laban! #LabanPinas— Neri Colmenares (@ColmenaresPH) May 14, 2019
Three other Labor Win candidates – Leody de Guzman, Sonny Matula, and Allan Montaño – have already accepted defeat, all earning less than a million votes in the partial tally.
Colmenares was a 3-term former representative under the Bayan Muna party list. In 2016, he also ran for senator under the Poe-Escudero ticket, but lost.
On Election Day, Monday, May 13, more than 71% of the 61 million registered Filipino voters trooped to polling precincts.
The Comelec encountered a host of problems on Monday, from 1.02 million bleeding markers, to 961 defective vote-counting machines, and 1,665 malfunctioning SD cards. (READ: Election 2019 technical issues: Paper jams, malfunctioning machines)
Reelectionist senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe topped the Senate race, with 24,594,703 and 21,501,217 votes respectively, as of the latest partial and unofficial results. – Rappler.com
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