CANDIDATE No. 8 is officially the No. 8 councilor.
Joel Garganera, who was listed as No. 8 in the ballot and has used the number in his campaign jingles, is now officially the eighth councilor in the north district of Cebu City.
The Comelec en banc issued a writ of execution formally installing Garganera as the winning councilor to replace Sisinio Andales, whose certificate of candidacy was nullified by the Comelec first and second divisions due to the violation of the three-term limit rule.
“The wait is finally over. I was thinking that it should have been done before the election, but now I finally realized that it’s a lot sweeter,” said Garganera. “To borrow from my topnotch lawyer friend Congressman Pablo John Garcia, he admitted that lawyers are not really good in mathematics but he is quite surprised that a lawyer does not know how to count.”
The Comelec en banc ordered the formation of a special City Board of Canvassers in the first district, to be led by lawyer Abigail Justine Lilagan as chairperson, in order to proclaim Garganera as the eighth councilor for the north district in the May 13 election. The proclamation will be done on July 16, 2019 in Manila. This will be the second time a Cebu City councilor will be proclaimed in Manila this month.
On July 1, Councilor Jerry Guardo was proclaimed the No. 7 councilor after the Comelec en banc issued a similar proclamation nullifying the certificate of candidacy of Alvin Arcilla for a similar violation of the term limit.
With Garganera’s and Guardo’s proclamations, the balance of power in the Cebu City Council will shift to Mayor Edgar Labella, as 10 of the 18 councilors will be his allies. Guardo, who ran under Tomas Osmeña, earlier announced his support to Labella, along with party-mate Jonathan Tumulak. (from PAC of SuperBalita Cebu)