Tension in Iloilo town ends as mayor steps down

MANILA, Philippines - The tension that gripped an Iloilo town over a mayoralty row ended late Wednesday after the incumbent mayor finally heeded an order to step down.

Radio dzBB’s Iloilo affiliate reported early Thursday that Calinog Mayor Salvador Divinagracia stepped down in favor of his political opponent Alex Centena at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“I am stepping down from office, setting aside my own personal pride and interest, for the greater interest and the welfare of our people,”
Divinagracia said, after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared Centena as the winner in the mayoralty race.

Divinagracia agreed to step down following negotiations with Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr. and officials of the province, but lamented what he called the death of justice in the town.

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