Dead board member got 16T+ votes following votes of fugitive Mancao

By Cha Monforte

Although landing last among the seven running for the five-man provincial board members’ posts in the District 1 of Compostela Valley, the late supposed reelectionist Board Member Heracleo “Manoy Simeon” Codilla still got 16,204 votes from the electorate based on the final and official tally posted in the Comelec website.

Codilla filed his certificate of candidacy in October 2012 but in December 2012 he succumbed to a disease. Because he was running independent, he could not be substituted unless he was running under a party as allowed in an election rule. But his name was not delisted by the Comelec in the official ballot for the recent May 13 polls.

Codilla was trailing fugitive ex-police officer Cesar Mancao II, who lost as independent candidate, landing at 6th place with his 32,841 votes. Mancao escaped May 2 from detention at National Bureau of Investigation close before he was supposed to be transferred to Manila City Jail. He is still at large.

Landing in the winning circle for the first district’s board members are outgoing third-termer Vice Governor Ramil Gentugaya (Liberal Party) with 53,329 votes, and reelectionist Board Members Paul Galicia (LP), with 44,051 votes, Atty. Arvin Dexter Lopoz (LP), with 41,945 votes, newcomer Jojo Jauod (LP) and reelectionist Board Member Neri Barte (LP), with 37, 519 votes.

On the other hand, winning board members in the province’s second district are governor’s son and newcomer Jayvee Tyron Uy and reelectionist Board Members Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Cesar Richa and Moran Takasan, and newcomer Macario Humol, all under LP. Ex-Governor Jose Caballero and his daughter Board Member Kris, who were running as independent candidates, settled at the bottom in board members’ race competed by seven candidates.

Governor Arturo Uy (LP) and District 2 Rep. Rommel Amatong (LP) were both unopposed for their third and last terms, so with District 1 Rep. Maricar Zamora (LP) for her second term. Former Congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (LP) won by large margin as the vice governor over former Mt. Diwalwal village chief Franco Tito (independent)- Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

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