Duterte’s spokesman to swear in Lagon as mayor of Tubu­ran town

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No less than Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque is set to ad­min­is­ter the oath of of­fice of busi­ness­woman Daphne Lagon once the court is­sues the writ of ex­e­cu­tion of its de­ci­sion, declar­ing her as the duly elected mayor of Tubu­ran town in mid­west Cebu.

Lagon yes­ter­day said Roque has ad­vised her to take her oath at the Mala­cañang be­fore him.

She is hop­ing the court will is­sue the writ of ex­e­cu­tion by De­cem­ber 1 af­ter the lapse of the 20-day pe­riod given to out­go­ing Mayor Dem­ocrito “Aljun” Dia­mante Jr. to se­cure tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der from the Supreme Court or the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions.

“Kana kun di ko kakuha og TRO, mal­ooy diay ang Gi­noo, ako gyud ang man­anaog, ako may gib­in­uan­gan ani,” Dia­mante said.

Dia­mante con­tended that of the 54 barangays in Tubu­ran, only five barangays where Lagon re­port­edly won have been man­u­ally re­counted in the court.

“Ang tin­gug sa katawhan, tin­gug sa Gi­noo; kana siya di na tin­gug sa Gi­noo. Asa na­man ang 49 ka barangays,” he said.

Dia­mante pointed out that in 2013 elec­tions, Lagon lost by 5,800 votes against his brother, Vice Mayor Danilo Dia­mante.

In 2016 elec­tions, Aljun said he was ex­pect­ing more than a mar­gin of 10,000 votes against Lagon in the may­oralty race as he has 53 barangay cap­tains while Lagon has only one.

“Kung imong tinam­banon, makadaug diay siya?” Dia­mante said.

The Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) on Oc­to­ber 25 granted the mo­tion for ex­e­cu­tion pend­ing ap­peal filed by Lagon on its de­ci­sion declar­ing her as the duly elected mu­nic­i­pal mayor of the Tubu­ran dur­ing the May 9, 2016 elec­tions.

The 20-day pe­riod is sup­posed to end on November 24 but be­cause of hol­i­days, it was moved to November 29. November 30 is also a hol­i­day.

More­over, Lagon said af­ter she could take her oath at Mala­cañang, she will then sub­mit nec­es­sary doc­u­ments to the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, and the Com­elec.

“Paabot lang ta sa pros­eso nga hata­gan na kahi­gayu­nan nga kita na gyud, paabot lang ta sa atong pana­hon,” Lagon said.

Dia­mante has pend­ing mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the Oc­to­ber 10 de­ci­sion filed be­fore the RTC.

Lagon filed an elec­tion protest against Dia­mante who won by only 46 votes. Dia­mante got 17,140 votes while Lagon got 17,094 votes.

Dur­ing the re­count con­ducted by RTC in Toledo City, re­sult showed that Lagon gar­nered 17,220 votes while Dia­mante gar­nered 17,127 votes.—

Gregg M. Ru­bio/KBQ

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