After enjoying a comfortable lead in the early counting, actor Aga Muhlach ultimately lost his congressional bid in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.
Rival Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella, son of incumbent representative and former Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella, was proclaimed winner by the Comelec’s provincial board of canvassers on Thursday after garnering a total of 82,834 votes against Muhlach’s 80,629 votes.
Even when he was still leading two days after the May 13 elections, the actor earlier complained to News5 over the alleged invalidation of 10,000 votes ostensibly cast in his favor, 800 of which he claims were somehow credited to Fuentebella.
“If talo ako sa laban na ito, I’ll be the first to admit and accept it but if there’s cheating, ‘di ko talaga pwedeng palagpasin,” Aga said in an interview with News5’s Chi Bocobo. He has yet to issue any further statement regarding his opponent’s proclamation.
Born Ariel Muhlach, Aga hosted TV5’s travel documentary series “Pinoy Explorer” prior to throwing his hat in the political arena. He was almost disqualified from running when the Commission on Elections nullified his voter registration in San Jose, Camarines Sur last December due to lack of residency, a decision that was later reversed by the Court of Appeals on January of this year.
Michelle Juan, Aga’s chief of staff also reported last month that a speedboat owned by the actor exploded in Caramoan, Camarines Sur resulting in an injury to its pilot and damage to its engine and gas tank. No further report confirmed if the incident was politically motivated.