COMELEC proclaims Coquilla
congressman, all board members-elect
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
May 21, 2007
BORONGAN, Eastern Samar – In
what can be called a new twist in the political arena, opposition’s bet Teodolo
Coquilla was proclaimed as winner in the congressional race for the lone
district of Eastern Samar.
Coquilla’s victory over
administration candidate Elda Libanan came as a surprise to many, who truly
believed Libanan will grab the post considering the resources and machinery
which Coquilla’s camp came in inferiority.
However, the votes from the
Southern part of the province, Guiuan in particular apparently told Coquilla
that he will be the next
Eastern Samar congressman when he was better favored by
Guiuananons as manifested in the 10,900 votes over Libanan’s 6,372 and a grand
total of 86,232 votes while Libanan had 78,956 votes.
Thus, at shortly before
midnight of Friday, May 18, Todolo Coquilla was proclaimed by the Provincial
Board of Canvassers as winner in the congressional race.
The typical Pinoy in height
“and not an American” as he said he was previously accused of, came in to the
Hall for the proclamation and he portrayed to the media a relatively shy person
that photographers had to call his name in order to capture a full frontal view
of his person.
After his proclamation,
Coquilla thanked his supporters, the Provincial Canvassers who devoted much of
their time and energy, the media around, and the PPCRV. His briefly spoken
message was said in a tired voice perhaps due to the tedious work that he has
just been through, but noticeable was his English which had an American twang
but with an understandable delivery.
Other proclaimed winners were
the following Board Members: Bondos Aclao, Jun Balagapo, Jovy Opinion, Karen
Alvarez, Edith Sepulveda, Enerio Sabulao, Fernando Naputo, Pedro Macabucsit,
Generoso Yu and Beatriz Reyes.
The Provincial Board of
Canvassers composed of Atty. Butch Beato (COMELEC), DepEd Supt., Dr. Nina
Villalon and Atty. Vicente Catudio of the Provincial Fisca’ls Office.