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Coin Toss Decides Bocaue Mayor

Heads or tails?
by Andrei Medina | May 11, 2016
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In an unusual turn of events, the winner of the mayoralty race in Bocaue, Bulacan was decided not by the people's vote, but rather, a coin flip.

Apparently, the competition between Jim Valerio and Joni Villanueva was so tight that the two candidates both had 16,694 votes each by the end of Monday's polls, the Inquirer reported.

This prompted the Municipal Board of Canvassers in Bocaue to declare a tie, which gave the much heated elections a light moment.

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The Commission on Elections Resolution 10083, Section IV D-5, Subsection II-D states that drawing of lots can be used as the method to resolve cases of a tie between final tallies.

"For this purpose, the Board shall, after recording in its minutes the fact of having candidates receiving the same number of votes for the position, immediately notified the said candidates to appear before the Board for drawing of lots to break the tie."


However, both Valerio and Villanueva opted for a best-of-five coin toss instead of the usual method.

The latter ended up winning the coin toss and the mayoralty race after getting three consecutive results in her favor.

Villanueva is the sister of senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva and outgoing Bocaue Mayor Jonjon Villanueva.

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