It’s 8-2-2 in Davao City in favor of GO
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 May) – Despite the endorsements of City Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte and televangelist Apollo Quiboloy of the administration’s Team Unity
ticket, eight senatorial candidates of the Genuine Opposition made to the top
12 here with Sorsogon Rep. Francis Escudero emerging as the top choice,
according to the final and unofficial count from Namfrel as of May 19.
Two independent candidates and two others from TU completed the winning circle
here for the senatorial contest.
Two candidates from Mindanao, lawyer Aquilino Pimentel III (GO) and Bukidnon
Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri (TU) are among the top 12.Namfrel stopped the count Saturday with 3,038 election returns canvassed out
of the 3, 585 precincts.
The result of the voting for senators, which showed a pro-opposition
sentiment, stood in contrast to the overwhelming support for Duterte and his
Duterte said he did his job in campaigning for TU “but they (administration
party) know it’s going to be hard to get that (12-0) here”.
He mentioned a remote barangay that voted 12-0 in favor of TU, adding he will
reward it with more projects as promised.
He said House Majority Leader Prospero Nograles is to blame for the TU’s poor
performance in Davao, claiming the congressman did not keep his word to
support the campaign.
The mayor told reporters Nograles spent most of his resources campaigning for
Kalahi, the party-list where his lawyer-son was a nominee.
In a newspaper report Saturday, Nograles said he would have joined the TU and
Hugpong campaign sorties if not for the death threats against him.
Duterte and Nograles agreed that the former would take charge of the local
candidates and the latter of the national candidates.
The Top 12 senatorial candidates in Davao City (Based on Namfrel partial and
unofficial results covering 84.7 percent of Davao City’s 3,585 precincts)
Escudero, Francis – 235, 445 (GO)
Legarda, Legarda – 222, 681 (GO)
Aquino, Benigno III – 218, 929 (GO)
Lacson, Panfilo – 218, 083 (GO)
Pangilinan, Francis – 192, 138 (IND)
Pimentel, Aquilino III – 191, 418 (GO)
Honasan, Gregorio – 182, 226 (IND)
Villar, Manny – 178, 024 (GO)
Zubiri, Juan Miguel – 174, 297 (TU)
Cayetano, Alan – 169, 577 (GO)
Arroyo, Joker – 157, 555 (TU)
Trillanes, Antonio IV – 153, 661 (GO) (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)