‘I’m not worried’ — Edding PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 14:43

Reacting to the en banc resolution of Comelec directing the City Board of Canvassers of Zamboanga City to reconvene, annul her proclamation and proclaim in her stead Miguel “Mike” C. Alavar III of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) as the rightful 8th member of the City Council, Councilor Al-Jihan Edding yesterday reiterated her desire to serve the constituents, especially in her district, of genuine services “so long I am the recognized lawful winner in the past election.”

Edding issued this statement after Alavar on Sunday made a formal announcement by showing to newsmen a Comelec en banc resolution denying Edding’s earlier motion for reconsideration for lack of merit.

“I am not worried. But I cannot give yet any official reaction regarding the issue since until now, we have not yet received any document from the Comelec,” Edding said as she assured the public that she will continue to do her job as the proclaimed number 8 councilor in the May 2010 elections.
In spite of being a member of the minority bloc in the council, Edding, along with other opposition councilors, has proven that she can still deliver what the people expected from them.

“This will not discourage me. In fact, I am more challenged to do better and continue what I have started from the time I was officially proclaimed as the number 8 councilors,” Edding said.

In the official counting, Edding won over Alavar with six votes but this was questioned by Alavar’s political party—Adelante Zamboanga.

In its first resolution, Comelec First Division-Manila found some discrepancies in clustered precincts in
Barangays Talon-Talon and Sta. Catalina between the number of voters who actually voted as appearing in the electronically generated Statement of Votes by precinct as against the number of voters who voted in the election returns.

After reconciling all the votes, Alavar garnered 36,103 while Edding had only 36, 092.
Comelec found out that there was an alleged error in the transmittal of the election returns or an error committed in clustered precincts Nos. 374 and 360, which if corrected would show that Alavar got more votes than Edding.

A motion for reconsideration has been filed by Edding’s legal counsel but the same was denied due to lack of merits.

“It is worth to note that the issues raised by respondent Edding in her motion for reconsideration are mere rehash of the arguments she raised earlier in her verified answer,” the en banc resolution states. — Jimmy Villaflores