GMA, Pac­man, Imelda win; Jocjoc, Er­mita, Mon­tano los­ing

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - By Inquirer Lu­zon, Min­danao and Visayas Bu­reaus

THEY ARE POP­U­LAR AND con­tro­ver­sial can­di­dates that lo­cal pun­dits thought had vic­tory in the palms of their hands.

Some are fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of de­feat: Scan­dal-rid­dled for­mer Agri­cul­ture Un- der­sec­tary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, priest-on-leave Ed­die Panlilio, ac­tor Ce­sar Mon­tano, for­mer Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Raul Gon­za­lez, and many for­mer po­lice and mil­i­tary gen­er­als.

Oth­ers have sealed or are sens­ing in­evitable tri­umph: World boxing cham­pion Man-

ny Pac­quiao, Pres­i­dent Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo, ac­tress Vilma Santos, the Mar­coses, Sing­sons, Dutertes, Dazas and other po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties.

Bolante was be­ing trounced by in­cum­bent Gov. Vic­tor Tanco in the closely watched gu­ber­na­to­rial race in Capiz, ac­cord­ing to par­tial elec­tion re­sults of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec).

Based on re­sults of the Com­elec tally cov­er­ing nine towns and Roxas City, Bolante got 79,520 votes be­hind Tanco’s 126,941. Capiz has 431,368 reg­is­tered vot­ers.

Bolante of the Ugyon Kita Capiz (UKC) is lag­ging by a wide mar­gin de­spite the de­clared sup­port of 12 of the 17 may­ors, in­clud­ing for­mer Lib­eral Party (LP) stal­wart Vi­cente Ber­mejo of Roxas.

Ber­mejo (UKC) was de­feated in a close race by Vice Mayor Alan Celino (LP). Celino got 33, 122 votes while Ber­mejo had 32,431, ac­cord­ing to fi­nal and of­fi­cial tally re­sults.

Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas, LP vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, ear­lier vowed to en­sure the de­feat of Bolante, who con­tin­ues to be hounded by al­le­ga­tions on his role in the P728-mil­lion scam, which in­volved the al­leged mis­use of Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture funds for fer­til­iz­ers to sup­port the cam­paign of Pres­i­dent Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo in 2004.

Pac­quiao, Among Ed

World boxing cham­pion and can­di­date Manny Pac­quiao is hav­ing an early lead over ri­val Roy Chiong­bian in the fight for the lone con­gres­sional seat in Sarangani.

Of­fi­cial tally as of 9 a.m. on Tues­day showed that Pac­quiao gar­nered 73,472 votes as against Chiong­bian’s 35,315. Votes from seven towns still have to be can­vassed,

As of 5:07 p.m., precinct votes fed by the Parish Pas­toral Coun­cil for Re­spon­si­ble Vot­ing to reached 85 per­cent of the to­tal votes. Pac­quiao led with 98,951 over Chiong­bian, 49,442.

There was no re­peat of the “mir­a­cle” that pro­pelled Catholic priest Ed­die Panlilio to Pam­panga’s capi­tol in 2007.

In this year’s elec­tion, Lilia Pineda, who started as a co­conut juice ven­dor at cock­pits, made sure that she would win con­vinc­ingly against Panlilio. The new gover­nor is the wife of long-sus­pected “jueteng” lord Bong Pineda.

In her sec­ond try to win the gover­nor’s seat, Pineda (LakasKampi-CMD) got 269,042 votes as against 117,752 votes for Panlilio, par­tial Com­elec re­sults showed. The tally of her party showed she gar­nered 483,310 votes while Panlilio (LP) re­ceived 237,005.

But Panlilio said while the good gov­er­nance cru­sade failed to mount a mir­a­cle like in the 2007 elec­tions, he said “it isn’t dead and over yet.”

Panlilio said the nearly 300,000 votes that he and his run­ning mate, Marco Lazatin, re­ceived in­di­cated there “re­ally is a grow­ing con­stituency” for good gov­er­nance in the prov­ince.

“There’s vic­tory here al­ready be­cause those who voted for us did not ask any­thing in re­turn. Theirs were hon­est votes,” he said.

Un­like in 2007 when her al­lies made a pre­ma­ture an­nounce­ment of her sup­posed vic­tory, this time Pineda made her­self scarce and quiet.

In a phone in­ter­view on Tues­day, Pineda, 59, said she slept al­most the whole day to ease body aches from weeks of cam­paign­ing.

Pineda is bound to be the first elected woman gover­nor of Pam­panga. For­mer Gov. Juanita Ne­po­mu­ceno was ap­pointed in the 1970s to re­place then ail­ing Gov. Brigido Va­len­cia.

“I hope my crit­ics will give me the chance to prove I can serve,” said Pineda, who has nur­tured a 30-year-old friend­ship with Pres­i­dent Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo.

Easy GMA win

In Pam­panga, Ms Ar­royo, as ex­pected, breezed through the race in the sec­ond con­gres­sional district and will re­place her son, Rep. Juan Miguel Ar­royo, a nom­i­nee of the party-list group Ang Gal­ing.

Par­tial of­fi­cial re­sults from the Com­elec showed that in five of six towns ex­cept Po­rac, Ms Ar­royo re­ceived 137,410 votes, beat­ing her op­po­nents, Filip­inas Sam­pang (17,413), Feli­ciano Ser­rano (2,111) and Ado­nis Sim­pao (17,611).

Las­ti­moso, other ex-cops los­ing

For­mer Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Roberto Las­ti­moso of the LPwas los­ing to Jane TanCas­tro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) in the con­gres­sional race in the sec­ond district of Capiz.

In An­tique, re­tired Chief Supt. Robert Delfin, for­mer PNP in­tel­li­gence di­rec­tor, is trail­ing be­hind his ri­vals for the lone con­gres­sional district.

In Mali­nao town in Ak­lan, re­tired Lt. Gen. Pe­dro Ike Inserto, for­mer com­man­der of the Cebu-based Armed Forces of the Philip­pines’ Cen­tral Com­mand (Cen­tcom), lost to Mali­nao Coun­cilor Wilbert Ariel Igoy in the­may­oral race.

In Iloilo, re­tired Chief Supt. Resti­tuto Mosqueda (LP), the in­cum­bent mayor of Es­tan­cia town lost to Rene Cordero (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).

But for­mer PNP Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ger­ardo Flores, who is run­ning un­op­posed won a seat in the pro­vin­cial board.

In Lam­bunao town, re­tired Chief Supt. Reynor Gon­za­les, for­mer di­rec­tor of the PNP Nar­cotics Group, was re­elected.

Eb­dane win­ning

In Zam­bales, for­mer Pub­lic Works Sec­re­tary Her­mo­genes Eb­dane Jr., a re­tired PNP chief, ap­peared headed to be­come the next gover­nor, de­rail­ing the re- elec­tion bid of Amor Deloso of the LP.

Re­elec­tion­ist Mayor James Gor­don Jr. main­tained the fam­ily’s hold of Olon­gapo City by beat­ing for­mer Gov. Vi­cente Magsaysay.

Raul Gon­za­lez, son trail­ing

In Iloilo City, for­mer Chief Pres­i­den­tial Le­gal Coun­sel Raul Gon­za­lez and his son and name­sake, Iloilo Rep. Raul Gon­za­lez Jr., are be­hind their ri­vals based on par­tial of­fi­cial re­sults.

The elder Gon­za­lez (LakasKampi-CMD) was trail­ing in­cum­bent Vice Mayor Jed Pa­trick Ma­bilog (LP) in the may­oral race. Ma­bilog had 25,925 votes against Gon­za­lez’s 22,823, as of 1:35 p.m. on Tues­day from 114 of the 344 clus­tered precincts in the city.

Run­ning third was for­mer Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant onWaters Larry Jamora with 12,379. Jamora con­ceded to Ma­bilog on Tues­day morn­ing.

In the con­gres­sional race, out­go­ing Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas (NP) was ahead with 32,891 votes fol­lowed by Rep. Gon­za­lez (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) with 26,289 and for­mer Iloilo City mayor Man­sueto Mal­a­bor, 2,037. The city has 242,033 reg­is­tered vot­ers.

Treñas and Ma­bilog are for­mer al­lies of the Gon­za­lezes.

Imee, Imelda

Ilo­cos Norte vot­ers once again proved their loy­alty to the Mar­cos fam­ily when they elected Imee Mar­cos gover­nor over her cousin, re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Michael Keon.

Her mother, for­mer first lady Imelda Mar­cos, also won over for­mer ally, Mar­i­ano Nalupta Jr., in the sec­ond con­gres­sional district seat. Imelda’s son, Rep. Fer­di­nand Mar­cos Jr. will va­cate the post as he ap­pears to be headed for a Se­nate win un­der the Na­cional­ista Party (NP).

AnotherMar­cos cousin, An­gelo Barba, won as vice gover­nor.

Imelda and Imee were pro­claimed at the pro­vin­cial capi­tol at 3 p.m.

“We are the come­back kids,” Imee said. She thanked their sup­port­ers who stuck with them through the cam­paign. She ex­tended her “hand of friend­ship” to Keon. She hinted that her cousin could still work with them for the ben­e­fit of the prov­ince.

Early Padaca lead

In Is­abela, re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Maria Gra­cia Cielo Padaca posted an early lead against Rep. Faustino Dy III in the gu­ber­na­to­rial race.

As of 3:10 p.m. on Tues­day, the pro­vin­cial board of canvassers records showed Padaca with 211,057 votes and Dy with 169,246. The votes came from 28 towns out of 35 towns and a city in the prov­ince.

This year’s race was Padaca’s third against a mem­ber of the Dy po­lit­i­cal fam­ily that ruled Is­abela for more than 30 years be­fore she stopped their reign in 2004. Padaca lost to Dy III in the con­gres­sional race in the third district in 2001.

Ce­sar Mon­tano con­cedes

Bo­hol gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Ce­sar Mon­tano (LP) has con­ceded de­feat, hurt by the of­fi­cial out­come of votes from the cap­i­tal city of Tag­bi­la­ran and the 46 towns that saw him trail­ing third be­hind first district Rep. Edgar Chatto (LakasKampi-CMD) and Vice Gov. Julius Her­rera of the Na­cional­ista Party (NP).

Based on the last par­tial count re­leased by the Com­elec, Chatto gar­nered 163,730 votes; Her­rera, 126,362; and Mon­tano, 101,718 votes.

Happy Goma

Ac­tor Richard Gomez seemed to have a rea­son to be happy. His wife, Lucy Tor­res Gomez, who re­placed him in the race for the fourth con­gres­sional district seat in Leyte, ap­peared headed for vic­tory.

The fi­nal and of­fi­cial re­sults from Or­moc City and four towns cov­ered by the district showed Lucy Tor­res Gomez lead­ing at 88,156 votes against her op­po­nent, Eufro­cino Codilla Jr., 60,813.

The fig­ures do not in­clude the re­sults of two other towns in the district.

Gov Vi, again, Er­mi­tas lose

Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto won in 24 towns and one city in Batan­gas prov­ince over Mayor Edna Sanchez of Sto. To­mas town, a last-minute sub­sti­tute for her hus­band Ar­mando who died from a stroke dur­ing a cam­paign sor­tie to re­gain the gu­ber­na­to­rial post.

The in­cum­bent gover­nor gar­nered 364,223 votes while Sanchez got 243,729, based on fi­nal Com­elec re­sults.

Vice Gov. Marc Le­viste had 406,541 while Ed­win Er­mita, a son of for­mer Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Er­mita, had 161,094.

The for­mer Mala­cañang of­fi­cial him­self was los­ing in the con­gres­sional race in the first district based on the Com­elec’s par­tial tally as of 12:37 p.m. on Tues­day. Er­mita had 97,493 votes be­hind To­mas Apaci­ble’s 116,624.

‘Manay’ lead­ing

“Manay” Gina de Vene­cia, wife of out­go­ing Pan­gasi­nan Rep. Jose de Vene­cia Jr., is lead­ing in the first con­gres­sional district race in the prov­ince. Her op­po­nent is “Manang” Celia Lim, wife of for­mer Dagu­pan City Mayor Ben­jamin Lim.

In an­other con­gres­sional race, for­mer Boli­nao Mayor Je­sus Ce­leste would likely suc­ceed his brother, out­go­ing Pan­gasi­nan Rep. Arthur Ce­leste, af­ter gain­ing a com­fort­able lead over his clos­est op­po­nent, for­mer tele­vi­sion re­porter Maki Pulido.

Arthur, how­ever, was trail­ing re­elec­tion­ist Mayor Her­nani Bra­ganza in the Alaminos may­oral race.

Re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Amado Espino Jr. took an early lead against Rep. Vic­tor Ag­bayani.

In the may­oral race in Dagu­pan, for­mer Mayor Lim main­tained a slim lead over re­elec­tion­ist Mayor Ali­pio Fer­nan­dez Jr.

Dutertes win

Davao City Vice Mayor Sara “In­day” Duterte and her fa­ther­mayor, Ro­drigo, suc­cess­fully swapped posts de­spite a se­ri­ous chal­lenge from their ri­val, Speaker Pros­pero No­grales.

As of 4 p.m. on Tues­day, when at least 97 per­cent of the to­tal votes had been can­vassed at City Hall, Sara gar­nered 380,268 votes com­pared to No­grales’ 157,615 in the may­oral race. No­grales hadn’t con­ceded though.

In the vice may­oral race, Ro­drigo re­ceived 431,244 votes while for­mer Mayor Ben­jamin de Guz­man got 103,963.

No­grales’ son, Carlo, had a lit­tle luck in his bid to re­place his fa­ther in Congress. He got 98,929 votes, de­feat­ing Coun­cilor Ma­bel Sunga’s 90,750.

Mi­tra leads Al­varez

The hotly con­tested gu­ber­na­to­rial post in Palawan is close to be­ing re­solved, with Rep. Abra­ham Kahlil Mi­tra (LP) lead­ing busi­ness­man Jose Chavez Al­varez by a com­fort­able mar­gin in both the Com­elec and PPCRV counts.

Mi­tra, son of the late Speaker Ra­mon V. Mi­tra, dom­i­nated most of the ma­jor towns with large vot­ing pop­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing Roxas, Narra, Brooke’s Point and Bataraza. He ran for gover­nor af­ter com­plet­ing three terms as con­gress­man.

Al­lies of Al­varez, a neo­phyte can­di­date who once owned a ma­jor log­ging con­ces­sion based in the north­ern town of San Vi­cente, filed a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion case against Mi­tra for ques­tion­able res­i­dency. The case is still pend­ing at the Supreme Court.

Orte­gas, again

In La Union, the Ortega clan so­lid­i­fied its lead­er­ship in the prov­ince with mem­bers of the fam­ily who ran in this year’s elec­tions clinch­ing wins.

Lead­ing the win­ners in the fam­ily are re­elected Rep. Vic­tor Ortega, who ran un­op­posed in the first district, and his re­elec­tion­ist broth­ers, Gov. Manuel Ortega and San Fer­nando City Mayor Pablo Ortega.

An ally, for­mer Agoo Mayor Eufranio Eriguel, beat re­elec­tion­ist Rep. Thomas Dumpit Jr. in the sec­ond con­gres­sional district race.

Sing­sons, too

In Ilo­cos Sur, 13 mem­bers of the Sing­son fam­ily, led by come­back­ing Gov. Luis “Chavit” Sing­son, won.

Sing­son bested erst­while ally, for­mer Board Mem­ber Efren Rafanan. His son, Rep. Ron­ald Sing­son, won his re­elec­tion bid, while an­other son, Ryan, won as vice mayor of Vi­gan City.

A niece, re­elec­tion­ist Vi­gan Mayor Eva Marie Sing­son Me­d­ina, ran un­op­posed.

Eric Sing­son Jr., son of out­go­ing Rep. Eric Sing­son, won the seat that will be left by his fa­ther. His brother, Allen, won his third term as Can­don City mayor.

Also Gar­cias

In Bataan, three mem­bers of the Gar­cia fam­ily won their re­elec­tion bids in key po­si­tions in the prov­ince.

Gov. En­rique Gar­cia won as gover­nor while his son Al­bert Ray­mon won as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the sec­ond district. An­other son, Jose En­rique III, was re­elected mayor of Balanga City, but a daugh­ter, Maria An­gela, lost in her con­gres­sional bid in the first district against re­elec­tion­ist Rep. Her­minia Ro­man.

New Ecija dy­nasty?

In Nueva Ecija, re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Aure­lio Umali ap­peared headed to be­come the leader of an emerg­ing po­lit­i­cal dy­nasty as he, his wife, and brother were lead­ing their ri­vals, who be­long to the Jo­son fam­ily.

Umali was lead­ing Vice Gov. Ed­ward Thomas Jo­son in the gu­ber­na­to­rial race while his wife, re­elec­tion­ist Rep. Cza­rina Umali (third district), was lead­ing her clos­est ri­val, for­mer Vice Gov. Ed­uardo Jo­son IV. Umali’s brother, Em­manuel An­thony, is lead­ing the race in the pro­vin­cial board.

The Josons’ po­lit­i­cal party, Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (Balane), has been a party to reckon with in past elec­tions. Novo Eci­janos elected a Jo­son as gover­nor for al­most 50 years un­til Umali won as gover­nor in 2007.

For­mer Gov. To­mas Jo­son III, chair of Balane and fa­ther of Ed­ward Thomas, said he re­spected the vot­ers’ de­ci­sion.

“We did our best. We have noth­ing to be ashamed of,” he said on Tues­day.

His brother, for­mer Vice Gov. Mar­i­ano Cristino, how­ever, is headed to cap­ture the may­oral seat of Que­zon town while for­mer Rep. Jose­fina Manuel-Jo­son, wife of Mar­i­ano Cristino, was lead­ing the race in the first con­gres­sional district seat.

A son of out­go­ing Rep. Edno Jo­son, a brother of To­mas III, ap­peared headed to get a seat in the pro­vin­cial board.

Dazas ahead

In North­ern Sa­mar, the par­tial elec­tion re­sults from six towns showed that Raul Daza and his son Paul, both LP can­di­dates, were lead­ing the races for con­gress­man and gover­nor, re­spec­tively.

Based on the tally of the pro­vin­cial board of canvassers as of 2 p.m. on Tues­day, the older Daza got 28,242 while his op­po­nent, pro­vin­cial Board Mem­ber Fran­cisco Rosales, got 16,431.

Paul was lead­ing Har­lin Abayon by some 4,000 votes.

Near­ing re­tire­ment

In Benguet, re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Nestor Fong­wan looked headed to send Rep. Sa­muel Dangwa, 74, into re­tire­ment when he took a com­mand­ing lead over his ri­val in par­tial and un­of­fi­cial vote count re­leased by the pro­vin­cial board of canvassers.

Fong­wan got 54,498 votes from 9 of the prov­ince’s 13 towns as of 3 p.m. Tues­day while Dangwa (In­de­pen­dent), who is on his last term as rep­re­sen­ta­tive, trailed with 27,797 votes. For­mer Gov. Raul Molin­tas (NPC) had 13,363 votes.

In the race for the lone con­gres­sional seat, lawyer Ron­ald Cos­alan (LP) was ahead in the count­ing with 32,229 votes from nine towns. Cos­alan’s vic­tory would bring him back to Congress where he served for two terms.

Other prov­inces

In Abra, con­gres­sional as­pi­rant Joy Valera-Ber­nos main­tained a slight edge over re­elec­tion­ist Rep. Cecilia Luna, based on elec­tion re­turns from 10 towns.

In Ca­gayan, re­elec­tion­ist Gov. Al­varo An­to­nio was lead­ing Rep. Manuel Mamba in the gu­ber­na­to­rial race, par­tial re­sults from the Com­elec showed.



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