by Noel Baguio
Davao del Norte (May 15, 2013) – The Provincial Board of Canvasser (PBOC) formally declared the winning candidates of the province during proclamation rites at about 11:00 o’clock in the morning at the SP Session Hall.
PBOC Chairwoman Atty. Ma. Febes Barlaan proclaimed re-electionists Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., 1st District Congressman Antonio Rafael Del Rosario and 2nd District Congressman Antonio Lagdameo, Jr. as victors in the second automated elections last Monday.
Del Rosario garnered 302,239 votes while Suaybaguio got 252,621 votes. The winning tandem, who both run unopposed in the elections, are on their last term of office.
Second-termer Congressman del Rosario got 130,362 votes, sweeping over rivals Gelacio Gementiza, who got 15,961 votes and Atty. Emannuel Mahipus with 9,632 votes. While last-termer Lagdameo received 139,358 against Rico Peligro who only got 31,266 votes.
Supporters and well-wishers were star-struck by popular actress Dawn Zulueta, who accompanied husband Lagdameo at the proclamation ceremony.
The Comelec was also set to proclaim the winning Board Members of the province in the afternoon. Leading the race, in particular order, in District 1 are reelectionists Board Members Shirley Belen Aala, Atty. Raymond Joey Millan, Vicente Eliot, Sr., Dr. Alfredo de Veyra, and new Board Member-elect Robert So. The frontrunners in the Second District are reelectionist Board Members Janet Gavina, Alan Dujali, Ely Dacalus, Hernani Duco, and, new Board Member-elect Ernesto Evangelista.
Barlaan revealed a turnout of about 65 percent out of the 493,178 registered voters in the province.
She attibuted the improved voters’ attendance to the Comelec’s massive cleansing of voters’ list by purging deceased persons, those who failed to vote twice, and those who have transferred to other towns, cities or provinces from the list.