#PHVoteWatch: Luck to decide new Bocaue mayor

Basil Mencias

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#PHVoteWatch: Luck to decide new Bocaue mayor
(UPDATED) Joni Villanueva wins the coin toss for the mayoral post in Bocaue, Bulacan

MANILA, Philippines – Millions of Filipinos trooped to the polls on May 9 to elect their local leaders, but for one town in Bulacan, the local mayor will be decided by tossing coins. 

In Bocaue, two mayoralty candidates drew coins after getting an equal number of votes. 

Liberal Party bet Joni Villanueva won the toss coin with opponent Jim Valerio. They both garnered 16,694 votes in the 2016 elections. (READ: Local election results in Bocaue, Bulacan)

According to Comelec’s rules, the winner can be decided by a coin toss or by drawing lots. 

The Comelec will call a special meeting with the two candidates to draw lots. The winner of the draw will become the mayor. 

Similar ties were settled by coin tosses in the past. 


Netizens took notice of this bizarre turn of events.

Some were simply amazed:


There are 58,181 registered voters in Bocaue, Bulacan, according to the Commission on Elections. 

The third and final candidate, Jonjon Santiago, got 14,971 votes.  – Rappler.com 

 Basil Mencias is a Rappler intern. 

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