Mayoral candidate Joni Villanueva bests rival Jim Valerio as three in five coin flips showed tails in the tie-breaking coin flip mandated by Bocaue Municipal Board of Canvassers to decide on the new mayor today, May 10.
This was decided after the candidates – Joni Villanueva of the Liberal Party and independent candidate Jim Valerio – both got exactly 16,694 votes, or 35% each. The third candidate, Jonjon Santiago of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, lagged behind with only 14,971 votes, or 31%.
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The coin flip is pursuant to Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution no. 10083 or the General Instruction for the Board of Canvassers on the Consolidation/Canvass and Transmission of Votes where it states that the winner in this situation can be decided by a coin toss or by drawing lots.
It mandates that “the Board shall, after recording in its minutes the fact of having candidates receiving the same number of votes for the position, immediately notified the said candidates to appear before the Board for drawing of lots to break the tie.”
Comelec will call a meeting with the two candidates to draw lots, and the winner of the draw becomes the mayor. Deogracias Danao, the election officer of Bocaue, sent summons to Villanueva and Valerio at 8am, May 10 for the drawing of lots an hour later.
The same method has been used in past incidents wherein two mayors garnered the same amount of votes. In the previous 2013 elections, the mayoral race in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro was resolved with a coin toss after two bets ended their run with a tie.
Meanwhile, their next Vice Mayor Abs Stan. Ana experienced a clear win, with 19,763 or 43.1% of the votes, and the representative of the 2nd district of Bulacan Gavini Pancho (National Unity Party) won with a landslide 38,074 or 91.9% of the votes.
Netizens reacted to the phenomenon with a mixture of surprise, shock and wonder.
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