Pineda is Pampanga governor—Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruled Thursday that Lilia Pineda won over incumbent Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio after a recount of the votes in the 2007 local elections.

The Comelec issued its decision after recounting votes from 4,683 ballot boxes between Aug. 12 and Sept. 16, 2009 following Pineda’s petition amid allegations of fraud. Committees formed by the camps of Panlilio and Pineda also examined the ballots for irregular marks.

Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer said the Comelec second division, which he chairs, did not issue the results of the recount to avoid trending of the results.

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