BOCAUE, Bulacan — Mayoralty candidate Joni Villanueva won in the best of five toss coin officiated by election officials after her total number of votes ended in a tie with his rival Jim Valerio.
Villanueva, a daughter of JIL evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, got the tail side of a PHP5 coin after Valerio chose the head side of the coin.
Tension heated up after both camps and their lawyers questioned the integrity and the fairness of the process, which they doubted is very succeptible to cheating.
In this kind of situation, the Comelec Municipal Board of Canvassers here headed by Deogracias Danao, (Municipal Chairman), stated that pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 10083 or the “General Instructions for the Board of Canvassers on the Consolidation/ Canvass and Transmission of Votes” under Sec. 11, Letter D-II, after recording in its minutes the fact of having candidates with same number of votes instructed generally the board of canvasser to immediately notified both candidates to appear before the Board for “drawing of lots” to determine and proclaim the winning candidate for the position of municipal mayor.
But they were convinced by journalist Orlan Mauricio of Manila Standard that the best way to settle this situatuion by toss coin which was later on agreed upon by both parties.
Municipal Comelec Chairman Deogracias Danao officiated the best of five toss where Villanueva’s tail side won in three consecutive tosses.
Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Villanueva was immediately proclaimed by Chairman Danao.
Villanueva was hugged by her relatives and supporters and offered a prayer of gratitude. Emil Gamos/PNA/northboundasia.com