Comelec revokes Agoo town mayor's proclamation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ordered the election officer of Agoo town in La Union to cancel the proclamation of mayoral candidate Frank Ong Sibuma, who had been announced winner in the mayoralty race in May.

This comes after the Comelec's Special Second Division granted a petition to cancel Sibuma's certificate of candidacy over issues regarding his residency.

In the petition filed May 13, petitioner Alma Panelo stated that Sibuma committed material misrepresentation when he claimed that he had been living in Agoo for one year and three months before the May 9 elections when in fact he is a resident of the neighboring town of Aringay.

The Comelec division's ruling against Sibuma was declared final and executory since his camp did not file a motion for reconsideration.

In the five-page writ of execution signed by Commissioner Socorro Inting, the poll body directed Agoo's municipal board of canvassers to reconvene on July 5 to amend the certificate of canvass of votes and proclaim Sibuma's rival Stefanie Ann Eriguel as town mayor.

Inting set a July 5 proclamation ceremony for Eriguel at the Comelec headquarters in Manila.