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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY ELECTIONS: Moreno, Uy lead partial unofficial results for mayor, vice mayor

May 14, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MDN digital, May 14) - It seems incumbent politicians of the city will get re-elected with the current results of the mayoral and vice-mayoralty posts posted by the Commision on Elections (City Comelec) as of 5:20 am. Based on the city comelec data, 387 out 401 clustered precincts were already counted by the Board of Canvassers. In fact, Comelec has announced that the winners in the local elections are expected to be proclaimed today, May 14. The Comelec's partial unofficial data showed incumbent mayor Oscar Moreno leading in the mayoralty race with his 153,708 total votes casted while his closest rival, Pompee Laviña only had 87,390 total votes. In the vice mayoralty race, Vice Mayor Renier "Kikang" Uy also got 137,701 votes while his opponent Nadya Emano Elipe only had 97,657 votes. For the congressional seat, Rep. Rolando "Klarex" Uy of the 1st District is also likely to get re-elected as he was also leading against Padayon's bet Ian Acenas. Rufus Rodroguez from the Padayon-CDP coalition of the second district is likely to reclaim his position as Representative of the 2nd District . He is leading in the ongoing counting of votes as compared to his Team OKKA rival Alam Lim.  IMAGES CREDIT TO CDODEV.COM  

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Neophyte Girlie Balaba leads city council seat canvassing of votes

May 14, 2019

Little is known yet about this neophyte politician Girlie Balaba but the results of the recent canvassing of votes will shock you. Girlie Balaba is leading in the recent partial unofficial results for the city council seats in the second district of this city, based on the results released by the City Comelec.  Balaba garnered a total of 72,591 votes followed by Malou Gaane, 71,869 votes; Ian Mark Nacaya, 66,515 votes; Zusette Daba, 64,448 votes; Bong Lao, 63,925 votes; Enrico Salcedo, 63,504 votes; Bebot Rodriguez, 59,905 votes and Edgar Cabanlas, 53,727 votes.   Seven of those city councilors in the 2nd district were from the Team OKKA group while only Bebot Rodriguez from CDP made it to the top 8. Meanwhile, in the first district, the top eight of the city councilors who grabbed the highest votes include Edna Dahino, 76,594; Jay Pascual, 63,166; Roger Abaday, 59,854; Zaldy Ocon, 57,686; George Goking, 55,222; Reuben Daba, 53,120; Lordan Suan, 51,938; and Romeo Calizo, 49,190. Only Lordan Suan from the Padayon Pilipino bets made it to the top 8 city councilors in the first district.    The City Comelec has recently announced that the winners of the local elections are expected to be proclaimed today, May 14.

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Benjo concedes in MisOr second district

May 14, 2019

FOLLOWING IS THE CONCESSION REMARKS OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL SECOND DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSE BENJAMIN BENALDO:   "I know what you feel right now and what you feel right now I feel just as much. I am moved by your expressions of disappointments and dismays but please don't feel bad for me. Ayaw mo kaluoy, ayaw mo kalain. Ayaw mo kasuko. Everything will be okay.   I would like to thank everyone who supported me, believed in me, belittled me and pushed me to become better. To my staff, volunteers, colleagues, sa tanan nitabang ug nipaabot sa ilang suporta, to the people who I met at their doorsteps, I can never fully repay you for all that you've done, all that you had to go through, and all you had to endure.   Thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirit, for the countless acts of generosity, courage, and grace that I have witnessed. I feel so honored and humbled.    Know that I will always be here and will always help in whatever ways I can para sa inyoha ug para sa Misamis Oriental. And it is my hope that the elected leaders will dedicate themselves to the projects and principles I fought so hard for.   Everything I was so prepared to do for you, himuon nako utro tanan para sa inyo.   SUBLI, DAGHAN KAAYONG SALAMAT!"

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Oro's reelected mayor speaks out to constituency

May 14, 2019

FOLLOWING ARE THE REMARKS OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY MAYOR OSCAR MORENO ISSUED AT 12:12 P.M.: "Now the sovereign people of Cagayan de Oro City have spoken. Resoundingly and decisively. Regardless of our political colors or persuasions, we must all vow to, respect and abide by, the people's mandate. Sovereignty must always reside in the people.  That is the very essence of our Republic. Elections, inherently, always provide winners and losers.  To the winners, we urge magnanimity and humility as they claim their victories; and to the losers, we remind them to learn from the lessons, painful they may be, and to be consoled by the thought that there is winning in losing.  We hope that Cagayan de Oro will emerge stronger and wiser from the division and polarization that the elections had caused. We must all rally behind the mandate that the people have given.  Our duty to our City requires it. I am privileged, honored and humbled by the people's support for my Team and myself.  We cannot thank you enough. We commit ourselves to serve you the best way possible. We will not fail you!  God bless Cagayan de Oro City and our people!"

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Suspects of blast in LaSur admitted they are members of 102nd Base Command of the MILF

May 14, 2019

MARAWI CITY ----- The two suspects of explosion yesterday in Marantao, Lanao del Sur admitted they are members of the 102nd Base Command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The 102nd Base Command is led by Abdullah Macapaar, who is known before as Commander Bravo, now Hon. Macapaar as member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after he took oath in Malacañang. "Pero hindi natin sinasabi na may sanction sa MILF ang kanilang ginawa. Posible na ginamit sila ng mga kandidato na gustong maghasik ng kaguluhan," Col. Romeo Brawner, commander, 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, said. Minutes before voting closes on Monday (May 13), an improvised explosive device exploded, in Marantao, Lanao del Sur. The explosion occured in front of Bacung Elementary School in Marantao town, the area where soldiers are posting as they secured the voting center. The suspect, onboard a white van, tried to throw the explosive but it hit the windshield and bounced back. It exploded instead inside the van. He was immediately brought to Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City. The driver was arrested together with a curious onlooker who was near the blast site taking video footage for questioning. He was then released after proving that he was not involved in the bombing. Col. Jake Jumawan, commander of 82nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, said three more IEDs were recovered inside the van. It was detonated by the EOD.

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Unabia team stuns Guingonas, Sabio shocks Tagoloan's Emano

May 14, 2019

THE administration PDP-Laban in Misamis Oriental led by outgoing Rep. Peter Unabia pulled off an upset in Guingonas-dominated Gingoog City Monday. The mayoral-vice mayoral tandem of former Vice Mayor Erick Cañosa and running mate Unabia swept off victories against their respective foes, outgoing Vice Mayor Ruthie Guingona and outgoing Mayor Stella Marie Guingona. Cañosa, the three-termer vice mayor who termed out in 2016, got 35,969 votes as of 1:53 p.m. with 99 percent of votes accounted for versus the elder Guingona’s 30,029 votes. Cañosa, who previously lost in the 2016 mayoral race, ran under Unabia’s PDP-Laban fold and clinched victory against the Guingonas who had dominated Gingoog City for almost two decades. Guingona’s daughter Stella Marie also lost to Unabia who has never been defeated since his reign as Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member in the past before rising to become a three-termer congressman. Stella Marie, a second-termer mayor, decided to switch position to accommodate her mother’s aim to become mayor again after terming out in 2013. The Unabia team was considered underdogs in Gingoog City with odds in favor of the Guingonas who are incumbents in both the mayoral and vice mayoral posts. Unabia himself is considered an outsider in the city, having resided there only in 2018. Unabia’s son Christian also pulled off a congressional victory in the first district of the province – the post that is being vacated by his father – against outgoing Vice Gov. Jose Mari Pelaez. His younger sibling Aaron is reelected mayor of Balingoan. In Tagoloan town, Natumulan barangay chairman Gomer Ferdinand Sabio became the first elected mayor there since 1980 who is not an Emano. Incidentally, another Sabio – Robinson – became mayor there for five months in 2016 when the then Mayor Paulino Emano died in office. But Robinson Sabio wasn’t elected as mayor. He assumed office by way of succession. Gomer Ferdinand “Enan” Sabio’s stunning rise to Tagoloan’s top post is considered a breakthrough considering that four Emanos have become successive mayors there. Vicente Emano became mayor there in 1980 to 1983. He was succeeded by his brother Paulino who held the post for the next 15 years up to 1988. Vicente’s son Yevgeny Vincente Emano became mayor from 1988 until his term expired in 2007. Uncle Paulino then made a successful comeback, holding on to the post until his death in 2016. During the 2016 elections, Misamis Oriental SP member Heckert Hernando Jude Emano chose not to seek reelection to run and win as mayor there. Two days ago, Gomer Ferdinand Sabio challenged Emano’s reelection attempt and won.

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