Defeated Ilocos mayor clings to his seat

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: He is already defeated as town mayor in Ilocos Norte and yet he continues to cling to his post claiming he is the rightful mayor after his proclaimed rival’s certificate of candidacy (COC) was reportedly cancelled by the Commission on Elections.

Salvador Pillos of Marcos town reportedly continues to hold office and refused to leave the municipal hall.

Pillos took his office for a supposed new term on June 30 before Barangay Pacifico chairman Alexander Navarro and presided over on Monday’s flag-raising ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Arsenio Agustin, the proclaimed winner in last month’s polls, took his oath of office before Gov. Imee Marcos of Ilocos Norte and also assumed the mayoralty post.

Municipal employees said that the day-to-day operations of the town government are now disorganized. “We are caught in a dilemma as to whom we should follow,” they said.

Although the system is getting messy, police said that the peace and order situation is still normal.

Police said that they have already deployed additional personnel in the town to prevent possible clash between supporters of the contending camps.

Agustin claims that he is the legal mayor of the town after defeating Pillos in the recent midterm polls “because I was proclaimed winner by the election board of canvassers after records show that I obtained 5,020 votes as against Pillos’s 4,216.”

But Pillos said his basis for assuming the post is that of Agustin’s cancelled candidacy after it was nullified by the Comelec because of his dual citizenship.

”This makes me the legal mayor especially that the court has already issued a writ of execution canceling my rival’s COC,” Pillos said.

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