Compostela’s 317 mayoral votes’ margin the lowest in 2 provinces

may 21, 2013

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

The votes’ margin of only 317 votes between two mayoral candidates in Compostela town in Compostela Valley came up to be the lowest among places in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte where the mayor’s posts were contested by two or more candidates.

Based on the final canvassed votes gathered from the COMELEC provincial office, Lema Bolo (Liberal Party), wife of outgoing Compostela Mayor Jessie Bolo, got a total of 17,882 votes as against independent rival Dolfo Ang’s 17,565 or a margin of 317 votes after the special election of Barangay Gabi was held Friday with about 800 voters casting their decisive votes.

But until press time, the COMELEC website still posts 16,463 votes for Bolo and 16,288 votes for Ang, or a margin of 175 votes. It has posting date of May 20, Monday, 1:15 P.M.

Before Monday’s posting, Ang was only ahead of only 60 votes to Bolo.

The special election was called by the COMELEC when more than 800 ballots meant for a Barangay Baguio in Davao City were interchanged to Barangay Gabi Monday last week.

Based on results of COMELEC website as of press time, the second stiffly fought mayoral race was in Pantukan town, where a votes’ margin of 346 was tallied in favor to a challenger. UNA candidate Roberto Yugo won with his 6,184 votes as against the incumbents-backed Liberal Party candidate Chino Sarenas’s 5,838 votes.

The other four mayoral fights in the province’s towns of Laak, Maco, Monkayo, and Montevista drew out wide gap of votes, all favoring the administration’s LP candidates.Unopposed reelectionist mayors were in the towns of Nabunturan, Mawab, Mabini, Maragusan and New Bataan.

On the other hand, Davao del Norte has five places where reelectionist mayors were unopposed. These are in the towns of Carmen, New Corella, Talaingod, BE Dujali and Kapalong.

In this province, the most stiffly fought mayoral race was in the town of Sto. Tomas, where a Lakas candidate and incumbent poblacion barangay captain Bong Andamon defeated a ruling party-backed candidate Board Member Daniel Lu with a margin of 931 votes in a three-corner mayoral fight.

Andamon got 8,464 votes against Lu’s 7,533 and the 4,370 votes of independent candidate Councilor Joel Bayanay, who was backed by outgoing Mayor Max Estela. Lu was endorsed by banana giant Tadeco top honco and ex-Congressman Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr.

The other mayoral races in the province drew out wide gaps of votes, and these were in the cities of Tagum, Panabo and Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos), and in the towns of Asuncion and San Isidro.

In Tagum City, three-termer Vice Mayor Allan Rellon (PDP-Laban) defeated second-termer Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” Uy, son of outgoing third-termer City Mayor Rey Uy, with an overwhelming margin of 21,964 votes per final canvassed votes gathered Friday from the provincial COMELEC office. Rellon obtained 54,492 while Uy got 32,528 votes, drawing out a wide margin of 21,964 votes.

Besides Rellon who trounced an administration candidate, in the interior San Isidro town, Nacionalista Party candidate Kap Sitoy made a record of being the only challenger who defeated a sitting incumbent mayor in this recent election in the province. He beat first-termer Mayor Neneng Abelita-Nana with 4,111 votes over her 2,539 votes, or with a margin of 1,572 votes.- (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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