VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — After losing in 2007 and 2010, former mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. has regained his old post from two-termer Leandro Jose Catarata, candidate of the Bukidnon Paglaum Party led by the Zubiris.
Galario garnered 30,012 votes against Catarata’s 27,752. But Catarata’s running mate Azucena Huervas won over two other rivals with 30,099 votes.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Galario and Huervas Wednesday.
The proclamation of nine city councilors was scheduled Thursday morning, Chubasco Cenen Caiña, Valencia City acting election officer told MindaNews via text message.
The Comelec identified the winning councilors as Rolando P. Lavina, Oliver Garcia, Rodrigo Rosal, Galario, Camilo E. Pepito, Eduardo D. Chan, John Lee Quillo, Helen T. Bernal, Policarpio Murillo IV and Glenn Galario, an incumbent councilor and son of the mayor-elect.
Comelec Valencia announced that the councilors will be proclaimed without rank pending the canvassing of two more precincts in Barangay Concepcion with corrupted compact flash (CF) cards.
Valencia has the biggest number of precincts in Bukidnon with 150.
Caiña said the 10th councilor would be known Thursday morning after getting the results from Concepcion.
In the partial results Rolando Centillas Jr. and Almer Alfonso Jr. are in the 10th and 11th places.
The replacement CF cards from Comelec Manila did not arrive Tuesday night.
The City Board of Canvassers scheduled to reconvene Thursday morning to canvass the pending results in Concepcion.
The elder Galario was elected mayor of Valencia in 2001 and 2004. In 2007, Catarata won and was reelected in 2010.
Galario’s victory in 2001 was considered an upset win. He defeated Carlos O. Fortich, Bukidnon’s longest serving governor who had never lost in previous elections.
The Sandiganbayan convicted Galario to six years imprisonment after it found him guilty of violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
But Galario had appealed the decision before the Sandiganbayan First Division.
Reports said the case against Galario stemmed from the complaint of Ruth P. Piano, who Galario replaced as city budget officer when he assumed as city mayor on July 2, 2001. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)