THE SON of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla has won the congressional seat in the seventh district of Cavite that was vacated by his father, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Sunday.  

Crispin Diego “Ping” D. Remulla, who was sitting as a provincial board member, garnered 98,474 votes in the special elections held on Saturday and was proclaimed Sunday morning, according to Comelec’s official count sent to reporters on Viber.  

The elder Remulla was reelected as a congressman in the May 2022 elections before he was appointed to head the justice department by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.  

Independent candidate Melencio de Sagun, Jr. trailed with 46,530 votes, Jose Angelito D. Aguinaldo with 1,610 and Michael Angelo B. Santos got 1,068 votes.  

Comelec spokesman John Rex C. Laudiangco said 149,581 or 42.11% out of 355,184 registered voters from Trece Martires City and the municipalities of Amadeo, Indang, and Tanza went out to vote. 

In a statement on Saturday night, the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said the special elections were generally smooth and peaceful, citing functioning vote-counting machines and well-trained Comelec personnel.  

“In the majority of polling places where Namfrel observers followed the closing and counting processes, the vote counting machines functioned normally,” it said. John Victor D. Ordoñez