Comelec declares new Bulacan governor
Posted December 2, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:56:00 12/01/2009
Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics, Inquirer Politics
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday declared Roberto Pagdanganan as the real winner in the May 2007 gubernatorial race in Bulacan.
This after a revision of votes showed that Pagdanganan garnered 342, 295 votes, beating incumbent mayor Joselito Mendoza with a margin of 4,321 votes.
The Comelec second division headed by Nicodemo Ferrer ordered that 20,236 votes be deducted from Mendoza after a review of the ballots for spurious marks and possible misappreciation of handwriting.
The poll body directed Mendoza to vacate the office and turn it over peacefully to Pagdanganan, who hailed the decision as a “historical vindication.”
“I welcome this decision,” said Pagdanganan. “I thought this day would never come. This is a historical vindication.”
Although he would only serve as Bulacan governor for only five months starting December 1, he said he would make the most of it to serve his constituents.
The new governor added that he would file his bid Tuesday afternoon as representative of the first district of Bulacan.