Paracelis, Mountain Province Mayor Marcos Ayangwa finally took his oath as the elected mayor, six months after the May 2022 elections.
On Friday, November 25, the Politiko was sworn into office after the Commission on Election (Comelec) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Avelino Amangyen, his disqualified rival. The Comelec has cancelled Amangyen’s certificate of candidacy for material representation.
“A canceled certificate of candidacy void ab initio (from the beginning) cannot give rise to a valid candidacy, and much less to valid votes. Therefore, votes cast in favor of a candidate whose COC was canceled either before or after the elections, are considered stray votes. Being stray votes, should the candidate whose COC was canceled garner the highest number of votes, he cannot be proclaimed as the winner. It shall be the candidate who garnered the second highest number of votes who will be declared victorious,” the Comelec-Baguio explained in a statement.
Despite the disqualification, Amangyen topped the polls with 9,220 votes while the reelectionist Ayangwa placed second with 5,185.
Before the resolution of the case, the Department of the Interior and Local Government appointed winning vice mayor Djarma Rafael to assume mayoralty post.