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Truth Commission no problem but vote recount needed: Bing

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia at the Independence Day rites at the Bacolod Public Plaza on Sunday, June 12.*

Bacolod Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia on Sunday, June 12, said he has no problem with the Truth Commission of mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez because he has nothing to hide, but stressed that he will pursue a manual recount of the May 9 votes because the results are “hard to believe”.

Benitez won the race for mayor of Bacolod with 171,893 votes, or by 64,446 more votes than Leonardia who had 107,447 votes.

The incoming mayor is creating a Truth Commission to look into past transactions of the Leonardia administration.

“Our administration has always tried its best to follow the rules…we follow what is required by law, by the Commission on Audit,” said Leonardia in his first press conference since the May 9 polls.

“But of course if you are a politician, things like this can also be misinterpreted as witch-hunting and a demolition job”, Leonardia said.

“We have nothing to hide. Let it go, where it may go. (I have) no problem with that,” he said.

City Administrator Joseph Edward Cuansing and Secretary to the Mayor Ma. Victoria Parreñas are in charge of his transition team, he added.

Leonardia also said he is pursuing his election protest and calling for a recount of the May 9 votes for mayor.

“It’s the first time in my life that I filed a protest because daw indi gid matulon (it cannot be swallowed). The more I move around, the more I am convinced and emboldened by my supporters who believe that the results of the election was unthinkable,” he said.

“All that we are asking for is a manual recount because we want to see for ourselves what was written on the ballots. So if the truth is what we want then let it be recounted for us to see what the real truth is,” he said.

He is wondering why his opponents don’t want a recount, Leonardia said.*

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