Comelec rules in favor of Degamo, to annul proclamation of NegOr guv

Pryde Henry Teves and Roel Ragay Degamo (l-r)*

The Commission on Elections en banc moved to annul the proclamation of Pryde Henry Teves as governor of Negros Oriental, and affirmed an earlier resolution declaring the near namesake of former governor Roel Ragay Degamo a nuisance candidate.

The Comelec en banc issued a writ of execution on Tuesday, September 27, directing the Special Provincial Board of Canvasses (SPBOC) to convene on Monday October 3 to annul the proclamation of Teves as the winner of the May 9 polls.

This came after it ruled with finality that Ruel Degamo was a nuisance candidate in the race for governor.

The Comelec Second Division declared Ruel Degamo, whose real name is Grego Gaudia, a nuisance candidate in December 2021, but without a final Comelec en banc ruling in May, his name remained on the official ballot.

The writ of execution directed the SPBOC to credit the 49,039 votes obtained by Ruel Degamo in favor of Roel Ragay Degamo who garnered 277, 462 votes, and to proclaim the candidate who obtained the highest number of votes governor of Negros Oriental.

Their combined votes of 326,501 will give the former governor the lead over Teves who garnered 296,897 votes.

Degamo and Teves could not be reached for comment on Thursday.*

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