#PHVoteWatch: Hernandez keeps seat in Laguna
LAGUNA, Philippines —Ramil Hernandez, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer, was proclaimed governor of the "Resort Capital of the Philippines" on Tuesday, May 10 at the provincial capitol, winning a total of 603,182 votes.
Despite a delay in the transmission of votes from Rizal, San Pedro and San Pablo City, supporters of Hernandez celebrated as the partial results showed a wide gap between Hernandez and his rivals.
Transmission resumed at 9:00 AM. Results from Rizal were transmitted manually and results from San Pedro came in a few minutes later.
Transmission of results in Laguna reached 100% when the results from San Pablo City were delivered at 10:12am.
Hernandez bested his three rivals, Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito III of UNA with 231,414 votes, Berlene Alberto with 6,072 votes and Nemesio Sucano with 3,110 votes. A fourth rival, Jorge Antonio Ejercito, son of ER Ejercito who withdrew from the race, still managed to get 334,975 votes. (READ: Confusion splits gubernatorial race in Laguna)
Atty. Karen Agapay, also from Nacionalista Party, secured the vice-governor seat with a total of 476,615 votes over Christian Niño Lajara of UNA with 339, 248 votes and Angelica Jones Alarva from Liberal Party, with 207,418 votes respectively.
Other elected officials such as board members and congressmen/women were also present for the proclamation headed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers.
In 2013, Hernandez was elevated to the gubernatorial post after the disqualification of former governor ER Ejercito due to election overspending. - Rappler.com
Karla Sambajon is a Rappler Laguna Mover