Or. Mindoro mayoral bet who lost in toss coin changes mind, now wants a recount

CALAPAN CITY – A mayoral candidate in the smallest town in Oriental Mindoro, who agreed with his opponent to a coin toss to determine who was the winner and subsequently lost his bid, stated here he is no longer accepting the way how he was defeated and now wants a recount to really know who was the winner in his hometown.


Salvador “Boyet” Py, the Nacionalista Party (NP) candidate who lost a mayoralty race in San Teodoro town in Oriental Mindoro against Liberal Party’s Marvic Feraren, told newsmen here he is now consulting with his lawyers to study all possible legal options in hope of getting away from an earlier agreement with his opponent and reversing his fate during the last elections.

According to Py, he wants to know who really won and after this, he himself will announce it to his town mates especially, his loyal supporters.  “I want a recount (of votes) and if he (Feraren) will emerge as the winner, all doubts from our folks will then be erased.

Py said he cannot accept that a mere flip of a coin decided his fate, adding that is unfair after going through a lot of hardships during the campaign.  His piggery, once full of hogs or pigs as one of his family’s main sources of income, was left emptied after using all of them (hogs) as part of his campaign collaterals.

Feraren, his main opponent who won over Py in a coin toss that was meant to settle the tie in the counting of their votes, however said yesterday their agreement (coin toss) is valid, legal and cannot be reversed.

“Py should honor not only our gentleman’s agreement but also, the law that guarantees the drawing of lots or a toss coin in case of a tie,” Feraran, the brother of the subject town’s outgoing Mayor Apollo Feraren.

After canvassing all the votes, the tally showed that Feraren and Py both received 3,236 votes.  A coin toss was then held to settle the tie, with Feraren emerging as the winner.  The rule stated that the bet with the most heads in a five-round set will win. The first set, however, also ended in a tie, with both politicians getting two heads and three tails.

San Teodoro is the smallest municipality in Oriental Mindoro province in terms of registered voters or voting population.  The total number of voters in this town can be comparable to Brgy. Camilmil, the biggest village in Calapan City and in the whole province in voting population.

The said town’s municipal election registrar, Reny Pagilagan, on the other hand said that Philippine election law states that tied electoral contests must be settled by the drawing of lots, of which a coin toss was an acceptable variant.

The event was not unprecedented, according to Pagilagan noting he had presided over another coin toss in 2004 to decide the winner of the final seat on a council board for a nearby town.  In 2004 barangay elections, a candidate was declared as winning barangay chairman after he won over his opponent via coin toss.  (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)


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