DILG issues order for Teves to step down as Negros Oriental governor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered Henry Teves to vacate the governor position of Negros Oriental after the poll body invalidated his win.

According to DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr., his department has already issued an order requesting Teves to leave the post.

The DILG chief said that since Roel Degamo already took his oath as Negros Oriental's governor before the President, the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) decision was considered "final and executory."

Last Monday, Degamo said, "justice is served," after Comelec conducted his proclamation.

This turn of events stemmed after Comelec resolved a petition against a nuisance candidate named Grego Gaudia, who used the name "Ruel Degamo" in the ballots.

The newly proclaimed governor filed a petition to transfer the nearly 50,000 votes garnered by his almost-namesake to him, which the poll body approved.

With Teves receiving 296,897 votes, and Roel Degamo collecting 277,462 votes, Roel Degamo outnumbered Teves' votes by 29,604 after the 50,000 votes from Ruel Degamo were credited to him.

Stringer Roy Bustillos and CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report.