The son of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, Crispin Diego, has been proclaimed the winner of a special election held Saturday to fill the vacancy left by his father when he joined the Cabinet.
His father was appointed Justice secretary by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. shortly after the May polls last year, resulting in the vacancy.
The younger Remulla, who was the 7th District provincial board memberbefore his poll victory, garnered 98,474 votes, beating former Trece Martires City mayor Melencio De Sagun (46,530), Lito Aguinaldo (1,610) and Mike Santos (1,068).
The total turnout of votes represented 42.11 percent or 149,581 counted votes out of 355,184 registered voters.
On election day, Remulla was accompanied by his wife, Georgia, and father in casting their votes at Tambo Malake Elementary School in Indang.
In an interview, he said they accomplished much during the campaign for he got to know many of his townmates in the district.
However, he refused to comment when asked by the media about thedisqualification case filed against him by De Sagun, saying he had yet to receive a copy of the complaint.
The disqualification case filed on Feb. 23 stemmed from the Trece Martires local government unit’s social media post where he joined a social services event during the campaign period, which, De Sagun said, was a clear violation of the election code.
“It is very premature to conclude at this early stage, but we promise to take a deeper investigation of the disqualification case,” said Comelec Chairman George Garcia, a native of Indang.
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