Shortly after conceding defeat in Monday’s election, Ang Kapatiran Party’s (AKP) JC de los Reyes is back in the ring citing “conclusive irregularities in the numbers” that put into question his electoral defeat to Senator Benigno Aquino III and pretty much every other candidate on the ballot.
“If I do not speak against these new findings, then my party’s integrity, as well as my own, will be at risk,” de los Reyes, leader of the party that has sued action star Robin Padilla for appearing in ads for condoms, said.
De los Reyes, whom some have described as idealistic and a bit of a loon, said that he has been in meetings with equally idealistic but credible presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas and Senator Jamby Madrigal to discuss the alleged election irregularities. “We are putting a formal paper together which shall explain this in detail at the soonest possible time,” he said.
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan presidential bet Vitaliano Acosta, who got more votes than de los Reyes despite being disqualified as a nuisance candidate, could not be reached for comment. AKP’s chairman emeritus and founder declined to comment on de los Reyes, but implied that protesting Monday’s election is a matter of free will.