Sweet victory! Mandaue Councilor Lollipop Ouano-Dizon levels up to House

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CEBU CITY – An elected Cebu representative and two Provincial Board members comprised the first batch of candidates proclaimed Tuesday afternoon by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC).

Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Cebu provincial supervisor and PBOC chair Jerome Brillantes said they proclaimed Emmarie “Lollipop” Ouano-Dizon as the duly elected representative of Cebu’s sixth legislative district.

Ouano-Dizon, who ran under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party, garnered a total of 177,791 votes against her rivals, lawyer Baldomero Estenzo and Ati Dy who garnered 41, 477 and 5, 974 votes, respectively.

Her husband, businessman Nixon “Jojo” Dizon, is the party’s provincial chair.

Ouano-Dizon, daughter of the late Thadeo Ouano, a former mayor and provincial board member of her district, is a former Mandaue City councilor.

The PBOC also approved the motion to proclaim Cebu’s second district Rep. Wilfredo Caminero after being re-elected to his current post.

Brillantes, however, said Caminero was not proclaimed Tuesday.

Caminero did not arrive at the Cebu Provincial Capitol where the canvassing of election returns and proclamations of winning candidates were done.

The PBOC also proclaimed Glenn Soco and Thadeo Jonkie Ouano as duly elected members of the Provincial Board representing the sixth district.

Soco is a businessman and chair of the Regional Development Council –Infrastructure Development Committee (RDC-IDC) before running for public office, while Jonkie, a younger brother of Ouano-Dizon, is a re-electionist.

The PBOC’s certificate of canvass showed Jonkie garnering a total of 144,066 votes, while Soco, 134,111 votes.

Meanwhile, Brillantes said he was delighted to learn that the voter turnout was more than 50 percent of the total number of registered voters.

“I am happy that the turnout reached more than 50 percent despite the heat of the summer as well as the long queue in different precincts with more than 1,000 voters voting,” Brillantes said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Brillantes expected to proclaim all winning bets in Cebu on Wednesday upon completing the consolidation of election returns of all clustered precincts in the province.

He announced Tuesday night’s PBOC proceedings that malfunctioning of SD cards of the vote counting machines (VCMs) in Toledo city’s clustered precinct has affected the transmission of election results.

Also, the southern town of Ronda failed to transmit the election
results due to an SD card issue.

Meanwhile, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said in an advisory that they were able to “re-energize its facility in Daanbantayan Substation at 2:30 a.m. (Tuesday), restoring power transmission services to parts of CEBECO II.”

A fire that hit the Daanbantayan Substation reportedly caused an
“unscheduled power interruption” on Monday night (May 13) affecting the towns of Daanbantayan, San Remegio, and Medellin and the city of Bogo in northern Cebu.

The Board of Election Inspectors in those areas were able to transmit election results by Tuesday, the PBOC chair said. (PNA)