The assumption of office is quickly approaching as the Philippine Local Government Code of 1991 clearly stipulates that the newly elected officials' term shall begin at noon on the 30th of June following the May 9th Elections.
However, five days before governor-elect Pryde Teves officially assumes office as the governor in Negros Oriental, a number of supporters of the incumbent Governor Roel Degamo organized a prayer vigil at around 5:00 pm on June 25, 2022 in front of the Negros Oriental Provincial Capitol.
The goal of the prayer vigil is to amplify their voices in calling for an expedited ruling from the COMELEC En Banc regarding the May 2022 election results. As they light their candles, some supporters carry placards and signs that read,
"DEAR COMELEC ANO NA?, ANG CAPITOLYO DILI LUGAR PARA SA MGA LIMBUNGAN, and "TEVES=HUGAW SA PROBINSYA," amongst others.
Supporters Of Degamo Staged A Prayer Vigil In Front Of Dumaguete City Capitol Against Pryde Teves | Photos By: Ariel Amistoso
Bayawan City Pryde Henry Teves of the Nationalist People's Coalition was proclaimed the winner of the gubernatorial race by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) in the Provincial Capitol of Negros Oriental on May 10, 2022, which he garnered 301,319 votes. While Teves' closest opponent, the incumbent Governor Roel Degamo of the Nacionalista Party, in his third and last term, acquired 281,773 votes.
The previous election in the gubernatorial race in the province of Negros Oriental raises a question of legitimacy.
The results, however, confused several voters because the incumbent governor's camp contested the result by stating that a nuisance candidate who goes by the name of "Ruel Degamo", which had already been declared as a nuisance candidate last December 2021, have ruined his chances of winning the reelection as Ruel received 49,953 votes.
Recently on June 23, 2022, the same issue has also been resolved by the Commission on Elections as they declared Romeo Jalosjos Jr., a reelectionist candidate, as the victorious congressional candidate for Zamboanga del Norte's first district.
He came in second place behind Roberto "Pinpin" Uy Jr., but COMELEC ruled to "lawfully pass" the 5,424 votes Frederico Jalosjos received after being deemed a nuisance candidate. As a result, reelectionist candidate Jalosjos, received 74,533 votes overall, compared to Uy's 69,591 votes.