• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Justice has been served to the people of Negros Oriental.
This was the reaction of Roel Ragay Degamo after the Supreme Court upheld his win in the Negros Oriental gubernatorial race.
The SC said that the Commission on Elections en banc did not commit grave abuse of discretion in issuing SPA No. 21-085, where it affirmed the resolution of Comelec 2nd Division, which declared “Ruel Degamo” as a nuisance candidate, the annulment of the proclamation of Pryde Henry Teves as governor of Negros Oriental, and crediting the votes obtained by Grego Degamo, to Roel R. Degamo.
Ultimately, the Court found no grave abuse of discretion in the counting of votes garnered by nuisance candidate Ruel G. Degamo, in favor of Roel R. Degamo, it added.
“This decision of the highest court of the country confirms that the decisions of the Comelec in any case it resolves are consistent with the existing electoral laws as well as the previous decisions of the Supreme Court,” poll body spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said in a statement.
Teves relinquished his post October last year, after the SC did not grant his motion for a temporary restraining order.* with PNA reports