MANILA, Philippines – The special board of canvassers has proclaimed Roel Degamo as the duly-elected governor of Negros Oriental at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office in Manila this Monday after the votes of a nuisance candidate were transferred and counted to him.
The proclamation was made after replacing the proclaimed winner, Pryde Henry Teves.
After the final recount, Degamo had 331,726 votes, including those transferred from Ruel Degamo, while Teves had 301,319.
The reelectionist governor got 281,773 votes in the May 9 poll.
On September 27, the Comelec en banc ruled that another gubernatorial candidate, Grego Gaudia, whose name appeared on the official ballot as Ruel Degamo, was a nuisance candidate.
The Comelec also annulled Teves’ proclamation.
A Certificate of Canvass of Votes and Proclamation of Winning Candidate was given to Degamo, who was accompanied by his wife, Mayor Janice Degamo of Pamplona, Negros Oriental, and other mayors.
Teves, who led flag-raising rites Monday morning attended by capitol officials and employees, did not comment on the matter.
It is said that Teves’ camp has filed a temporary restraining order in the Supreme Court to stop the Comelec’s decision.
Over the weekend, Teves told a radio program that he would step down if the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the SC asked him to do so.
Degamo has not yet returned to the province and it is not yet known when he will report to the capitol to take office. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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