Bocaue mayor wins by coin toss

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MALOLOS, Bulacan: Joni Villanueva was proclaimed mayor-elect of Bocaue town on Tuesday after getting three “tails” in a coin toss to determine the real winner after getting tie votes with another candidate.

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Villanueva and her contender Jim Valerio got 16,694 votes each.

Municipal Board of Canvassers chairman Deogracias Danao, citing Comelec Resolution No. 10083 (General Instructions for the Board of Canvassers on the Consolidation/ Canvass and Transmission of Votes), notified both candidates to appear for the drawing of lots to determine and proclaim the winner for the position.

Only Villanueva personally appeared before the Municipal Board of Canvassers at the town’s Sangguniang Bayan session hall, while Valerio was represented by his lawyer, and a coin toss was decided.

Valerio’s representative was the first to choose the “head,” and Villanueva, the “tail” in a coin toss for a best-of-five competition format.

Villanueva is the sister of outgoing Bocaue Mayor Jon Jon Villanueva and senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva.

Valerio was a former provincial administrator under Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado.

Meanwhile, incumbents Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando are headed for a landslide victory in the province against their respective opponents Josie de la Cruz and actor Philip Salvado based on partial unofficial results of votes on Tuesday.

Likewise, first district congressional bet Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado and reelectionist Rep. Gavini Pancho of the second district of Bulacan were also seen to win their respective seats.

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