• Marcos steps into mayoralty stalemate


    THE Ilocos Norte chief executive asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to recognize the proclaimed winner in Marcos town in the last polls as the duly elected mayor.

    Gov. Imee Marcos’ letter to the DILG central office insisted that Arsenio Agustin should be the recognized duly elected mayor of the town.

    In the recent May 13 elections, Agustin was officially proclaimed by the local board of canvassers for garnering the highest number of votes against the sitting mayor, Salvador Pillos.

    The two have been holding office at the municipal hall after both took their oath of office on June 30.

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) nullified Agustin’s certificate of candidacy (COC) because of his dual citizenship, the reason for Pillos to cling to his post.

    But Agustin maintains he is the duly proclaimed mayor of the town despite having a cancelled COC and that the writ of execution has been served by the Comelec.

    Additional police person-nel in the town had been sent to prevent possible clash among supporters of both parties.

    On Monday, the two mayors were allowed to attend the flag raising ceremony but were ordered not to speak before the employees.


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