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Hagedorn to run for mayor again

Aug 27, 2015 @ 0:54

Saying he was a victim of “terrorism” in the May 8 recall election, former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn announced that he will be running for mayor again in 2016.

Hagedorn made the statement after appearing before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on August 26 where he asked for a recount of votes cast in the recall election.

He claimed he lost to incumbent mayor Lucilo Bayron because his opponents harassed his supporters.

In that recall election, Bayron, of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), garnered 44,299 votes against Hagedorn’s (Liberal Party) 39,002.

“We hope to be given justice,” Hagedorn was quoted in a Rappler story.

In pursuing his election protest, Hagedorn said he wants to show people that there was cheating and “terrorism” during the recall elections.

“What’s important is to let the people know the kinds of cheating done during the elections so that these will not be repeated in 2016,” he pointed out.

Hagedorn said he will remain with LP in the 2016 elections.

Bayron beat Hagedorn’s wife in the mayoralty elections in 2013 but in March 17, 2014, a recall petition was filed by Hagedorn’s supporters at the local Comelec office.

The petition cited a “‘breach of trust,’ declining tourism activities and a deteriorating peace and order situation” as the reasons for the recall.

Bayron denied that the city’s tourism was in decline, nor was there increasing criminal activity, and accused of Hagedorn of being behind the recall petition, saying that “they cannot accept that they lost in the last elections”.

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