Juan Bautista Beato, chairman of the Comelec provincial board of canvasser, declared Romualdez the winner after obtaining 157,382 votes.
Meanwhile, the Tingog Party-list is expected to get its first seat in the 18th Congress while its rival, An Waray, is poised to fail in getting two congressional seats in the May 13 midterm elections based on the partial and unofficial results on May 15.
READ: Romualdez victorious; Tingog seen clinching a seat
On its first attempt to win a seat in the 2016 national elections, Tingog was the 55th party-list among 115 other party-lists with 210,552 votes or 65 percent percent of the popular vote.
Unfazed by its first failure, Tingog was propelled to continue campaigning for regional development since the 2016 polls showed that Eastern Visayas was clamoring for more representation in Congress.
Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, won over his rival Lino Dumas who received 9,621 votes.
“I am honored by the overwhelming support extended to me. Once again, thank you very much," said Romualdez, a lawyer and former House Independent Bloc Leader of the 16th Congress.
Romualdez, a three-term Leyte congressman, is the husband of Leyte First District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, the first nominee of the Tingog Party-list group that is expected to secure one seat.
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