Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday broke his silence and indicated that Grupo Progreso is considering legal action on the “mysterious and unbelievable” results of the May 9 local elections.
“For now, we will leave the matter with our legal team. It will be up to the lawyers to study and look into possible legal remedies so that we can have the vote counting machines rechecked to satisfy the questions raised by the GP slate and all our supporters,” Leonardia said in a statement dated May 10.
Many were in disbelief when the votes were counted and announced over media outlets and social media sites considering that his numbers and that of his opponent resulted in an almost consistent pattern, he added.
“The difference was simply mysterious and unbelievable, especially in areas we consider our bailiwicks,” the mayor continued.
He also took the opportunity to thank the scores of “Pulahans” who stayed with Grupo Progreso and supported his family, particularly during challenging times.
“All your efforts did not go to waste. Your love and support are highly appreciated. You have been a source of inspiration and strength for me all these years,” Leonardia said.*