Comelec proclaims Bohol governor

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2010 04:13 AM | Updated as of May 12 2010 12:13 PM

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Lakas Kampi-CMD bet Edgar Chatto as Bohol governor early Tuesday night.

Chatto was proclaimed while the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) was still waiting for the Certificates of Canvass (COC) from the towns of Getafe, Jagna, Garcia Hernandez and Mabini. Transmission problems have been delaying poll officials in these 4 towns from sending the COC’s to the PBOC.

Bohol Election Supervisor Eliserio Labaria said since Chatto’s lead over his rival Nacionalista Party bet Julius Cesar Herra was so wide, the votes from the 4 towns will not alter Chatto’s victory, even if all these votes were counted in Herra’s favor.

The total votes from the 4 towns are 47,961 and Chatto’s lead over Herra is 52,958.

In the partial official results of the Comelec, Chatto has 200,015 votes while Herrera has 147,057.

Meanwhile, Labaria said three-termer Bohol Governor Erico Aumentado is scheduled to be proclaimed as congressman for the province’s second district by Wednesday noon.

In the official partial results, Aumentado’s lead over Judith Cajes, wife of incumbent Second District Congressman Roberto Cajes is 36,413.

The only town in the district that still has not tranmitted its COC is Getafe, which has 18,046 expected votes.

The two candidates are bitter rivals and are suspected of maintaining private armies.

Three platoons from the Police Regional Mobile Group have been deployed in the district to maintain order.

In the first district, former governor Rene Relampagos won with 92,220 votes. Former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap was automatically proclaimed winner of the congressional seat of the Third District because he ran unopposed.