5.13.2010

PIA News Service - Friday, May 14, 2010

Liberal Party bets in Butuan City dominate local electoral posts

BUTUAN CITY (14 May 2010) – Candidates of the Liberal Party here dominated in the city’s top positions during the May 10, 2010 elections.

Dr. Ferdinand “Jun” Amante wins mayoralty post over his close opponent, former Mayor Leonides Theresa Plaza with 8,927 votes. Amante, who was proclaimed at around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12 garnered 65,663 votes or 66.63% in the Official Comelec tally while Plaza garnered 56,736 or 33.37%.

In the vice-mayoralty post, Atty. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun who is also one of the city councilors here bested incumbent Vice-Mayor Dino Claudio Sanchez by a matter of 25,646 votes. Fortun got 70,417 votes or 60.48% while Sanchez has 44,771 or 45.92% of the total number of casted votes.

Meanwhile, LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD bet and incumbent Congressman Jose “Joboy” Aquino successfully seeks his second term in the 1st District of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City. He bested Liberal Party’s bet, Atty. Jijil Jimenez by 39,385 votes. Cong. Aquino has 78,902 or 66.63% while Atty. Jimenez garnered 39,517 or 33.37% votes.

It can be recalled that the proclamation of the three were delayed due to one of the PCOS machines that was used in Brgy. Imadejas here, where the main memory card as well as its back-up card, both, did not function.

In an interview with PIA, Ms. Janet Cahiwat, Board of Election Inspector of the precinct said when the precinct opened at around 7:00 in the morning on May 10, the proceedings went on smoothly until at around 11:20 a.m., the PCOS machine did not function anymore. She admitted that there is an incompatibility of the machine and the memory cards as it appeared on the machine’s LCD monitor the error message: “Election finds memory card and back-up card do not match”.

When the error was not patch-up, the City Board of Canvassers composed of Atty. Fritzie Claire CasiƱo, City Prosecutor Felixberto Guiritan, and Ms. Marilou Dedumo decided for a manual counting. Luckily, the PCOS machine that was brought inside the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall suddenly function with the repaired/reformatted memory card of Brgy. Imadejas installed on it. Thus, the automated counting continued right there.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod now shared a 50-50 percentage of the winning candidates coming from the Administration and the Liberal Party.

Second termer Councilor Erwin Dano of the Liberal Party again topped the list with 61,763 votes. He is followed by Liberal Party bet and former councilor Ryan Anthony Culima with 57,657 votes. On the third post is second termer Councilor Josephine Marticion-Salise of LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD with 55,635 votes, followed by former Vice-Mayor Angie Calo of the Liberal Party who garnered 54,970 votes.

Completing the list of newly-elected City Councilors with their corresponding number of votes include: Randolph Plaza (LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD) – 53,729; Ramon Carampatana (LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD) – 49,359; Audie Bernabe (LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD) – 48,232; Jaime Cembrano (Liberal Party) – 41,925; Raul Amoc (LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD) – 41,324 AND; 10. Dr. Virgilio Nery Jr. (Liberal Party) – 40,735 votes.

More than a decade, Butuan City was headed and managed by the Plazas, from incumbent Mayor Democrito “Boy Daku” Plaza II to former Mayor Daisy Plaza, then back to Mayor Boy Daku.

With the new leadership under Mayor Ferdinand Amante and Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun, the duo promised during their campaign sorties to transform Butuan into a more developed and an economic capital of Caraga Region.
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Like their local counterparts, Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and Vice-Presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas also dominated not only in Butuan City but as well as the whole Caraga Region. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)
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The inside story . . .
“Mayor sets a record in local elections”


Incumbent mayor Antonio Tupas Borda, Jr. of Carmen, Surigao del Sur sets a record in local elections after winning the mayoralty race in the recently concluded automated national and local elections against his opponent the incumbent municipal vice-mayor Algerico Guardo Guiral, who tried to unseat him from office by filing multiple charges of grave misconduct, abuse of authority and usurpation of function cases in the office of the Ombudsman along with some Sangguniang Bayan members in the opposition party.

Mayor Borda’s landslide victory is a record setting considering that for the very first time in the municipality of Carmen’s history an administration’s candidate won in barangay Poblacion known to be an opposition barangay with a considerable margin proving true the slogan of the opposition “Panahon na sa Kausaban” (Time for Change) because the barangay people had finally changed their minds and hearts by supporting the administration’s bets instead of the opposition ones as mayor Borda would jokingly say. This is the very first time that a mayoralty candidate won in all thirteen clustered precincts in all the eight barangays comprising the municipality.

During the campaign period issues questioning the accomplishments of his administration, the filing of cases in the Ombudsman and even personal issues were thrown to his face but in the campaign rallies and sorties he was very cool in answering all of those by presenting documents that proved his innocence for all the allegations and charges.
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In his successful bid for reelection the young and very supportive mayor of Carmen is determined to pursue the implementation of the temporarily shelved projects of the local government unit including the construction of the new municipal government center and push forward for development by seeing to it that basic services are effectively and efficiently delivered to everyone.
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His reelection proved once again that nobody could ever put a good person like mayor Borda down. (Nathaniel G. Garas, CPA, CDIO-Designate, Carmen/ PIA-Caraga)