Malabor appeal on poll recount now with Comelec

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Former Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor of Negros Occidental said his appeal for his election protest is already with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Main Office.

Malabor appealed the recent decision of the court after a recount affirmed the result of the May 13, 2019 election declaring Dra. Irene Montilla as the winner of the mayoralty race in Isabela town. The recount reduced the lead of Montilla from 48 votes to 22. (

Malabor said he hopes for a favorable decision from Comelec.

In the recount result, the defeated mayor claimed that at least 200 votes were not counted in his favor.

“Not counting the vote is like depriving the voter of his right to vote,” he added.