Jejomar Binay, who was a Former VP was successful to cast his vote—two hours after the vote counting machine in his precinct in Makati City repeatedly rejected his ballot.
Binay was initially unable to cast his vote when a VCM at San Antonio National High School failed to read his ballot after eight attempts. Binay runs as a congressional candidate of Makati’s first district
This prompted the former vice president and city mayor to go to the Philippine International Conference Center in Pasay City where the Commission on Elections is holding its national canvassing to raise his concern.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stated the problem lies with the machine that Binay used. Jimenez revealed at a press briefing after a closed-door meeting with Binay and added that the VCM has since been replaced.
Random voters who used the same machine and whose ballots were rejected will be able to recast their votes.
Binay was given a chance to re-cast his vote using a new ballot.
“What’s important is to get the [former] vice president back there para makaboto siya kasi di lang siya ang essentially ma-re-refeeed. Lahat nung na-reject who came after him. Hindi ‘to special treatment in any way,” Jimenez added.
Junjun and Abby Binay are contending for the mayoral seat in their home turf of Makati City. Elder daughter, Nancy, is aiming to renew her position as senator.