Zubiris firm up control over Bukidnon
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 May) — Bukidnon is still Zubiri country.
Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. won over lone opponent, three-termer 1st district
representative Juan Nereus Acosta with a margin of at least 250,000.
Zubiri got 323,238 votes.
His son, Jose Ma. III, also won as representative for Bukidnon’s 3rd district.
The governor’s nephew, Iñaki, also won as vice mayor over former mayor
Nicholas Jurolan in Malaybalay City.
The victory of the Zubiris of Southern Bukidnon ushered in the defeat of its
arch-rival, the Acostas of Northern Bukidnon. None of the Acostas won. Rep. Acosta’s mother, Socorro, failed in her
reelection bid for mayor and has bid politics goodbye in favor of retirement
while his sister Malou lost to Zubiri’s bet, Candido Pancrudo, by 121 votes. A
day after the polling, former elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano
Malou is reportedly filing an election protest. .
Rep. Acosta had also conceded defeat but hinted he may run again for the
governorship in 2010. Gov. Zubiri will end his last three-year term in 2010.
Rep. Acosta’s running mate, Ricardo Doydora, also lost to Vice Governor Alex
Calingasan, Zubiri’s mate, by a similar margin.
Acosta, in his post-election radio message in Cebuano, thanked the people of
Bukidnon for their support “despite reports of cheating, questions on
He congratulated “all winners” but did not name the Zubiris.
He said new politics depends on the people but he stressed that there is so
much left for reform in local politics.
Zubiri’s allies also won in the provincial board.
Another Zubiri critic, Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario, Jr. lost to former
vice mayor Leandro Jose Catarata with a narrow margin.
Zubiri backed Catarata in this elections. In 2001, Catarata run under former
Bukidnon Gov. Carlos Fortich as his running mate in Valencia City. Zubiri
supported Galario then.
Galario’s son, Glenn lost to incumbent 2nd district Rep. Teofisto Guingona
III. Guingona’s closest contender, however, was Zubiri’s bet, businessman
Roderico Bioco. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)