MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – For the first time, a Zubiri has tasted electoral defeat in Bukidnon.
Incumbent Malaybalay City Mayor Ignacio Zubiri, who ran as second district representative of the province, lost to a newcomer – lawyer John Flores.
The mayor, a nephew of incumbent Gov. Jose Ma. R.
In the towns of Impasugong, Lantapan and San Fernando, Flores overtook him by around 3,000 votes.
At least 96 percent of the election results in the second district had been transmitted as of Tuesday noon, the Comelec website said.
But Flores, although a neophyte politician, is not without a mentor. The man who guided his campaign and he will succeed is his own father, third-term Rep. Florencio Flores Jr.
As a double whammy for Mayor Zubiri, the elder Flores also won in his comeback bid for city mayor against incumbent Vice Mayor Roland Deticio, Zubiri’s anointed successor for the city’s highest post.