WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
MANILA, Philippines – Registered voters of Cavite’s 7th district troop to the polls on Saturday, February 25, to cast a ballot for their next congressman.
The winner of the special election will fill the seat in the House of Representatives vacated by former lawmaker Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, who has been appointed justice secretary of the Marcos administration barely two weeks after he won the congressional election unopposed.
Republic Act 7166 or the electoral reforms law empowers the Comelec to hold a special election for a legislative seat if there is still at least one year left in the lawmaker’s term.
Bookmark this page for live updates on election day. – Rappler.com
Observations from the numbers
- Ping Remulla captured a majority of the vote share in all four localities. He performed best in his Amadeo, garnering 86% of all votes cast, which is higher than the 75% vote share he received in hometown Indang.
- Jun de Sagun’s bailiwick Trece Martires also backed Remulla, who garnered 63% of the votes. De Sagun was backed by 34% of voters.
- De Sagun performed best in Tanza, earning 36% of the vote, compared to Remulla’s 60%.
How 3 towns and 1 city voted in Cavite 7th district congressional race
Lito Aguinaldo: 63
Jun de Sagun: 1,590
Ping Remulla: 11,566
Mike Santos: 75
Lito Aguinaldo: 190
Jun de Sagun: 4,558
Ping Remulla: 16,206
Mike Santos: 352
Lito Aguinaldo: 962
Jun de Sagun: 23,040
Ping Remulla: 38,734
Mike Santos: 335
Lito Aguinaldo: 395
Jun de Sagun: 17,342
Ping Remulla: 31,968
Mike Santos: 306
Why Cavite’s special election is a win for the voters
It gives the power back to the people to choose their representative in Congress, as opposed to the Speaker of the House just assigning allies as caretakers.
Sometimes those caretakers are not even from the same province. There is also the practical issue of a congressman or congresswoman already serving one constituency, and will be made to mind another district.
A vacancy in the legislature can be filled through a special election when the unexpired portion of the term is still at least one year before the next regular election.
Lawyer Juan Paolo Artiaga’s Thought Leaders piece is insightful. “Every filling of vacancy instead of a permanent appointment of legislative caretaker is a win for every Filipino,” he says.