Diamante wins by 46 votes in Tuburan
Tuburan town Mayor Democrito Diamante won a third term by a mere 46 votes in one of the most hotly contested mayoral races in Cebu.
The municipal Board of Canvassers completed the canvass of votes on Tuesday morning and proclaimed Diamante of the Liberal Party as winner with 17,140 votes.
Challenger Daphne Lagon of One Cebu received 17,094 votes.
“You can see by the margin that it was very thrilling, although I did feel almost hopeless around 3 a.m. because I felt like I might really lose,”
Diamante told reporters shortly after his proclamation at the municipal canvassing area.
At past 1 a.m. on Tuesday, around 500 of Lagon’s supporters trooped to the covered court in this northwestern Cebu town. Believing that their candidate had won based on their own quick count, they were shouting, chanting, and dancing.
Diamante’s supporters also believed their candidate would win.
The mayor-elect vowed to implement more road projects and reduce criminality in the town during his last term. He said that when his term ends, he will retire from politics to take care of his family in Cagayan de Oro City.
For his recent victory, Diamante thanked his patron saint, San Antonio de Padua.
The BOC completed its canvass of votes around 8 a.m., when poll results from Barangay Banquito, the boundary between Tuburan and Danao City, was finally uploaded manually.
Also proclaimed was reelectionist Vice Mayor Danilo Diamante, the mayor’s younger brother.
The vice mayor-elect garnered 17,414 votes while his opponent Alex Montecillo of One Cebu received 15,164 votes.
Tuburan has a total voting population of 42,547 for 2016, but only 37,080 came out to vote in 79 polling precincts last Monday.
The town was among the eight election hotspots in Cebu province identified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to intense political rivalry and history of election-related violence.
One of Diamante’s supporters, Rene Cangmaong, was shot dead in an ambush last Wednesday allegedly by one of Lagon’s community leaders, Ludovico Roquero.
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