CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 17 (PIA) -- The City Board of Canvassers finally decided on Tuesday, May 14, night to proclaim new elected leaders here after receiving 96.94 percent election returns.
For City Mayor, incumbent Misamis Oriental governor Oscar S. Moreno won the race with 109,886 votes over incumbent city mayor Vicente Y. Emano with 92, 033 and other candidates namely Elmer B. Francisco with 582, Jasper F. Uy 479, Jerremiah J. Agbong 259, Suipicio B. Illana 234 and Laurence Edgardo A. Del Puerto 191.
The slot for 1st district representative here went to incumbent barangay Carmen chair Rolando A. Uy with 48, 026 votes against second highest rival former representative Jose Benjamin A. Benaldo with 27, 482 votes and other candidates particularly Constantino G. Jaraula with 10, 195, Alvin R. Calingin with 6,248 and Ricarte A. Nagac with 226.
Meanwhile Rufus B. Rodriguez was re-elected for the 2nd district here with 87, 071 votes against rivals Ian Mark Q. Nacaya with 18, 963, Eric P. Saarenas 335 and Leodegorio A. Lagrimas 216.
For vice-mayor, incumbent vice-mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas was re-elected in the city against contenders Edgar S. Cabanlas, Ofelio Z. Sabud and Ramil U. Sia.
Lawyer Palmer P. Palamine, city election officer and acting chairman of the city board of election canvassers, checked and re-checked transmitted election returns from all barangays before making such proclamation.
He said the remaining four compact flash (CF) cards that could not be read in the canvassing and consolidation system (CCS) because of technical malfunction could not and will not affect the result.
However, he assured everyone and parties involved that they will continue to manually audit them and finish counting today.
He reiterated Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution 9700, wherein municipal, city, provincial, district and regional boards of canvassers may proclaim winning candidates on the basis of the last “grouped canvass report” generated by the CCS even if not all results are received, provided that the standing of candidates will not be affected by the results not yet transmitted to and received by the CCS without prejudice and ranking of the winning candidates.
City councilors will be proclaimed later as soon as they finish manual audit and ranking, according to Atty. Palamine. (Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat/Media ng Bayan)