GENERAL SANTOS CITY: World boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s younger brother Rogelio would have preferred a clear knockout win but will nonetheless take one from a “lucky punch” any day.
The younger Pacquiao, who is chair of Barangay Apopong here, did just that in winning his second attempt on Wednesday to lead the city’s Liga ng mga Barangay or Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) and land an ex-officio seat at the city council.
Rilimin Sandoval, acting city director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), proclaimed Pacquiao as the city’s new ABC federation president after winning a toss coin over incumbent Lourdes Casabuena of Barangay City Heights.
She said the two-barangay officials agreed to the coin flipping after receiving 13 votes each in the initial canvassing of the ABC federation election held at the Mount Sabrina Resort here.
All 26 barangay chairs of the city participated in the voting, which was administered by the DILG through secret balloting, she said.
Coin tossing is one form of “drawing of lots” that is allowed under the Omnibus Election Code in the settlement of electoral ties.
Section 240 of the code provides that “in cases of ties for the highest number of votes, or in cases where two or more candidates are to be elected for the same position, drawing of lots could be done.”
The “drawing of lots” could be done coin toss, drawing of straws or cards from a pack or bingo balls.
“I can’t believe na ako ang mananalo sa toss coin [I can’t believe that I would win the toss coin],” a beaming Pacquiao told reporters after his “lucky win.”
“I will unite the 26 barangay captains to ensure sustained progress and development in the city,” he added.
Pacquiao challenged Casabuena, who is a former three-term city councilor, for the same post in 2010 but fell short by two votes, losing the official count 12-14.
Casabuena is a stalwart of the Achiever’s with Integrity Movement, a local political party founded by former City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio’s father Adelbert, while Pacquiao was backed by his brother’s People’s Champ Movement.