Echiverri protest exercise in futility ­– Malapitan

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Reelected Caloocan City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan on Thursday said the electoral protest filed by his principal opponent over the city’s mayoralty post was useless.

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Malapitan said former Mayor and outgoing Rep. Enrico “Recom” Echiverri’s complaint was an “exercise in futility” because he defeated the latter by 150,000 votes.

Malapitan’s statement was in reaction to the electoral protest filed by Echiverri at the Commission on Election (Comelec) last week.

In his complaint, Echiverri accused Malapitan of massive cheating and vote buying. He asserted that he could prove the details of cheating if the Comelec approves his electoral protest.

Malapitan and the rest of his Tao ang Una teamates, including his son, Councilor Dale Along Malapitan, who ran for representative of the city’s First District, overwhelmingly won against Echiverri’s group and that of former Mayor Boy Asistio.

The Manila Times learned that Echiverri lost despite the solid support given by the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Malapitan stressed that his team’s overwhelming victory proves the high confidence of city residents on his leadership and his team.

An official at City Hall who refused be identified said Caloocan residents do not allow a former mayor to regain his post once he is done with his three-year term.

The official added that Echiverri was “finished,” and he would have also lost had he ran again for Congress.

Malapitan said that his second term will be a continuation of his programs and projects to eventually attain his vision for Caloocan to become a world-class city.

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