By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—Ciceron Cawaling won the mayoralty race in Malay town, Aklan, despite having been dismissed for his role in the environmental degradation of Boracay Island.
Cawaling won with 16,277 votes, beating former mayor John Parcon Yap, who garnered 12,620 votes.
Cawaling was removed from office last month after the Ombudsman found him guilty of grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty, conduct unbecoming of a public official, and conduct prejudicial to best interest of service.
Cawaling is one of 17 local officials facing administrative charges for alleged negligence for allowing the resort island’s environment to deteriorate to the point that President Duterte described Boracay as a “cesspool” last year.
Cawaling’s dismissal happened two days before the first anniversary of Boracay’s six-month shutdown last year to begin a long-term rehabilitation.
Frolibar Bautista, Cawaling’s running mate, also won as vice mayor.
Town councilors elected are Niño Cawaling, Datu Yap Sumndad, Llyod Maming, and Nenette Aguirre-Graf.