Plaza siblings break down own dynasty

THE REGION
By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor
May 15, 2019

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SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur--The entire slate of Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza in Agusan del Sur overwhelmed the rival camp of his estranged siblings, Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza and Democrito Plaza III in the May 13 polls. 

Except in Rosario town, Plaza’s bets in the provincial and municipal levels who are mostly incumbents, handily won in the 13 towns and Bayugan City which observers see the governor crumbled down their own well-entrenched family dynasty to build his own political empire.

Based on GMA News Online Election 2019 results with 98 percent election returns processed , incumbent provincial board member Santiago Cane Jr. received a commanding lead of 147,686 votes against Maria Valentina Plaza’s 106,879 votes. Lawyer Hilarion Clapis trailed far behind with 32,460 votes.

The governor’s political group called “Team Eddiebong” is with National Unity Party-Hugpong ng Pagbabago coalition while Maria Valentina and Democrito III of “Team Plaza” who was able to catch up the October 30 deadline for substitute candidates are under Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP).

Cane’s running mate and incumbent Vice Gov. Samuel Tortor was reelected by winning overwhelmingly with 158,716 votes against the closest rival Lawyer Ferdinand Marcus Bañosia who got 31,656 votes.

Incumbent provincial board member  Alfelito Bascug received a commanding lead of 81,451 votes as against Democrito III who got 45,449 votes in the congressional race in the first district.

Gov. Plaza who is seeking the congressional seat in the second district, got the widest win margin with 108,799 votes as against independent candidate Dodge Corro with 9,777 votes and PDSP’s Max Robles with 8,061 votes.

Most of the incumbent municipal bets of “Team Eddiebong” turned out to victorious over their opponents except in the mining town of Rosario where rich miner Jupiter Abulog beat incumbent vice mayor Juvy Cuyos close to half of his winning margin of 14,429 votes against 8,886 votes in the mayoralty race.

Even incumbent Mayor Jose Cuyos Jr, husband of Juvy, was edged out in his bid for a town councilor seat as most of Abulog’s line up won in the election.

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