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RTC upholds Climaco’s win as Tungawan mayor

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The Regional Trial Court, Branch 24, in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, affirmed the proclamation of Mayor Carlnan C. Climaco as the duly elected mayor in the Municipality of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay during the May 9, 2016 Automated and Local Elections in an Election Protest case filed by Ferdaus W. Radja.

In its decision dated June 25, 2018, the RTC Branch 24 found that Radja’s evidence is “utterly weak, unclear and unconvincing.”The decision was penned by RTC Judge Anthony D.T. Isaw.

The 48-page decision showed that the illegality of ballots must affect more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast on the specific precinct or precincts sought to be annulled however, the questioned precincts did not even reach 1% of the entire ballots. Hence, the nullification of the election result in the contested precincts is “totally reckless and is looked with disfavor.”

Mayor Climaco and Radja were the only candidates who ran for the position of Tungawan Municipal Mayor during the May 9, 2016 elections. Mayor Climaco was proclaimed as the town mayor immediately after the canvass of the electronically transmitted election returns where he garnered 8,432 votes against 7,914 votes obtained by Radja.

It is to be recalled that Mayor Climaco was one of the victims in an ambush last October 12, 2015 where the late Mayor Randy Climaco was slain. The ambush took place in Barangay Cayamcam after the group attended the barangay fiesta in Batungan. The ambush happened in the afternoon of the same day after filing their Certificates of Candidacy for the 2016 elections.

Mayor Carlnan Climaco said that the people of Tungawan have spoken through their votes freely, wilfully and absent of any force, frauds or irregularities on his and his supporter’s camp. “It was my purest intentions to let the people decide for future of Tungawan,” Mayor Climaco added. (PR)




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