Comelec: No second winner
There is no such thing as second winner in an election.
Speaking at Monday’s breakfast forum at Manila Diamond Hotel, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez stressed that in an election, it is just “win or lose.”
“The second placer is not a second placer to replace the first one in case of disqualification,” he said.
Jimenez rejected talks that defeated mayoral candidate Alfredo Lim will return to office once the Supreme Court rules against the appeal of Mayor Joseph Estrada to reject the petition seeking his disqualification.
Petitioner Alicia Vidal, who once served as Lim’s lawyer, earlier asked the SC to overturn the decision of the Comelec that dismissed her petition to disqualify Estrada from the May 2013 mayoral race.
In her petition, Vidal stressed Estrada’s conviction for plunder and his being sentenced to life imprisonment had rendered him disqualified to run for public office.
But Jimenez said the fact remains that Estrada obtained the most number of votes in the election for mayor.
While the votes of the public remained valid, Jimenez said that it only means that the will of the people still fall on that person (Estrada).
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