The electoral protests filed by losing mayoralty candidate Carminia “Mencit” Bascon and her running mate, Raymund Gatuslao, were both junked by the Commission on Elections First Division recently.
In its decision dated August 13, 2019, the First Division dismissed the case filed by Bascon against Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson for being “insufficient in form and content”, as required by Comelec rules, a press release from Tongson’s office said.
The First Division is composed of Presiding Commissioner Al Parreño, and Commissioners Ma. Rowena Guanzon and Marlon Casquejo.
The Comelec Commissioners, on July 24, 2019, also dismissed for similar reason the poll protest filed by Gatuslao against his cousin, Vice Mayor Justin Silos Gatuslao, the press release said.
Tongson won over Bascon by a margin of 6,355 votes in the May elections. Justin Gatuslao defeated his relative by 5,592 votes.
The Comelec had issued certificates of finality on these electoral protests since the protestants had not filed motions for reconsideration within the period prescribed.
Tongson and VM Gatuslao said they wished the wounds and divisions caused by the election would heal for the betterment of Himamaylan.
“We are building a better City for the sake of all our constituents regardless of past political affiliation,” Tongson said.
Justin Gatuslao said, “This administration is focused on the work ahead to reaffirm the overwhelming mandate given by the people,” the press release added.*
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