Sto. Tomas City mayor-elect AJAM laughs off joint protest filed by opponents against him

Sto. Tomas City mayor-elect AJAM laughs off joint protest filed by opponents against him

STC Mayor-elect Arth Jhun Marasigan (AJAM)

STO TOMAS City, Batangas — The mayor-elect in this city only laughed off the joint petition filed by three of his opponents seeking the nullification and recount of the recent mayoralty race results which declared Arth Jhun Marasigan the winner via landslide.

The three losing candidates for mayor of Sto. Tomas City, Batangas who have joined forces to reverse the outcome of the recent poll exercise were outgoing vice mayor Armenius Silva, and councilors Banjoe Manzanilla, and Timmy Almeda.

They lodged their electoral protest before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday (20 May 2022).

The three claimed anomalies marked the May 9 elections as they allegedly resulted in “abnormally high voter turnout” and “statistical improbabilities.”

“As joint protestants, we have caused the preparation and filing of the foregoing joint petition, to annul and set aside the proclamation of Arth Jhun Marasigan (AJAM) as Mayor-elect of the City of Sto. Tomas Batangas, to conduct a revision of ballot for all covered precincts insofar as the votes for the mayoral candidates are concerned and to declare and proclaim the winning candidate on the basis of the said revision of ballots,” the aspirants said in their petition.

In an exclusive interview via text message, mayor-elect Marasigan only laughed off the petition filed by the “joint protestants” with the Comelec.

“Ha, ha, ha! Basta ako nagtatrabaho na sila ay tatlong taon makipaglaban (sic) sa Comelec,” Atty. Arth Jhun Marasigan said.

But on a more serious note, the former city administrator said, “pag-aralan ko po kung ano pong tamang (legal) askyon.”

Marasigan ran for mayor under the Aksyon Demokratiko political party of losing prsidential candidate Isko Moreno.

Marasigan was proclaimed mayor-elect of the city with 46, 566 votes. His running-mate, Cathy Jaurigue-Perez was declared vice-mayor with 50,606.

But the three petitioners claimed, that “there was an anomaly in the voting results after they all received a practically identical number of votes.”

Silva (NP), an outgoing vice mayor, received 21,622 votes; while Manzanilla (PFP), got 14,425; and Almeda (PRP), a former councilor, drew 9,411 votes.

Former city councilman Dingdong Meer (PPP) only managed 455 votes for fifth in the city’s mayoral race.

Meanwhile, the top 10 winning councilors include 1st, MALIGAYA, ALLAN (UNA), 43,328 Votes;
2nd, VILLEGAS, LEOVY (AKSYON), 36,181 Votes; 3rd, MALOLES, RAQUEL (AKSYON), 34,073 Votes; 4th, MABILANGAN, KON. DANNY (UNA), 30,670 Votes; 5th, FEDERICO-MAÑEBO, ARLENE (NPC), 29,781 Votes; 6th, PECAÑA, MR. COW (PFP), 29,528 Votes; 7th, MALIJAN, KONSEHAL GERRY (NPC), 29,280 Votes; 8th, NAVARRO, DRA. HELENGRACE (NPC), 28,447 Votes; 9th, BATHAN, VICTOR (PRP), 28,374 Votes; 10th,
CARPIO, ADRIAN (NP), 27,375 Votes.

(Ogima)

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