CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 15) Sometimes in politics, not all moneyed politicians will always prevail. This happened to veteran politician and incumbent mayor Ignacio "Iñaki" Zubiri in Malaybalay City, who tasted his first defeat to a neophyte but very promising politician, lawyer John Flores, for the 2nd congressional district in Bukidnon.
Despite of the fact that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte supported the candidacy of the incumbent city mayor but Duterte's charm did not help him
The Zubiris' are known big time politicians in this landlocked province. And no one would ever believe defeat will happen to mayor Zubiri whose been serving the city for decades.
Iñaki Zubiri was the nephew of the province's political kingpin Jose Ma Zubiri, the father of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
Based on partial unofficial tally of the Commissions on Elections in Bukidnon for the second congressional district, Zubiri got only 34,814 votes while his opponent had 43,967. So the newcomer surpassed more than Nine Thousands votes.
The Commission on Elections in its website revealed that the incumbent mayor only won in Cabanglasan town as of 10:00 am on Tuesday. He got a margin of around 2,000 votes in Cabanglasan but still not enough to cover his beating in other towns of the second district.
Meanwhile, Flores' elder brother also won in the mayoralty position in Malaybalay City against incumbent Vice Mayor Roland Deticio. Detecio was a successor of Zubiri where he supported in this midterm elections 2019.
The elder Flores got a total of 43,061 while the incumbent Vice Mayor only had 34,178 votes.
The defeated Zubiri, report said, began his political career in the city in 1998 as a City Councilor. He also became the city's vice mayor from 2004-2010.
The defeated Vice Mayor Deticio was a former City Councilor of the city and prior to the election period he has already announced his plan to run for congressman in the second district in 2010 but he later gave way to Flores, Jr.
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