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By Prince Golez

The vote-counting machine (VCM) in former Vice President Jejomar Binay’s polling precinct is defective, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez made this admission after Binay, who is running for congressman of Makati City’s 1st district, rushed to Comelec’s temporary headquarters in PICC to complain about his ballot rejection.

“Upon investigation of the problem, nakita natin na ang problema pala ay with the machine. So the machine has been replaced. So ang gagawin natin ngayon is that yung mga nireject will be batch-fed back into the machine and so the ballot of VP Binay will also be evaluated kung pwedeng ma re-feed back, and then we will respond to the rest of the problem when we get there,” Jimenez said in a hastily called news conference.

At the San Antonio National High School in San Antonio Village in Makati, the ex-vice president’s ballot was earlier rejected by the VCM several times.

“Pupunta ako sa Comelec. Bakit dini-disenfranchise niyo ako?” Binay, whose children incumbent Mayor Abby Binay and former mayor Junjun Binay are both gunning for the mayor’s post, asked.

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