Leonardia complaint ‘baseless, frivolous’ – Mayor-elect Benitez

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Bacolod City Mayor-elect Albee Benitez criticized the electoral protest filed by the camp of outgoing Mayor Bing Leonardia before the Comelec Central Office in Manila as “baseless and frivolous.”

This is another desperate move of one who refuses to accept the truth, said Benitez.

According to the Leonardia camp, they are seeking for the manual recount of all 450 clustered precincts in the city. (

But, the former representative of Negros Occidental’s 3rd district insisted that the conduct of the 2022 elections was generally peaceful, credible and orderly.

“Such electoral protest is therefore an exercise of futility, and will surely be dismissed. The people of Bacolod have spoken and it is time to move on and buckle down to work,” he added.

Leonardia lost by more than 64,000 votes against Benitez.