Davao City is still Duterte country

Duterte is a supporter of President Arroyo and has campaigned for a 12-0 vote for Team Unity.

Duterte is assured of reelection. His daughter, Sara, is also likely to win as the city's first lady vice mayor. They both led their opponents with wide margins.

Both running against political unknowns, Duterte the father got 135,364 votes as of 9 a.m. Thursday. A very far second is Teodoro Mantilla with a measly 722 votes. Three other candidates are even way behind Mantilla.

Sara, on the other hand, has 115,601 votes so far, way ahead of only rival Jeff Ho, who got only 17,646.

Duterte's candidates for Congress, particularly those in the second and third districts, are also ahead of their opponents.

Reelectionist Rep. Vincent Garcia of the second district has 16,654 votes. Trailing behind is Jimmy Dureza, brother of Peace Process Presidential Adviser Jesus Dureza, with 10,660 votes.

In the third district, former city councilor Isidro Ungab, Duterte’s ally, got 12,383 votes while closest rival Rene Elias Lopez, a city councilor, has 8,265. The latter is brother of three-termer Rep. Ruy Elias Lopez. The third district has been a bailiwick of the Lopezes. Former mayor Benjamin de Guzman is trailing at third with 5,322.

Duterte, however, had a falling out with House Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles, a Lakas stalwart, who is seeking reelection in the first congressional district.

The mayor accused Nograles of failing to deliver commitments of support to the local campaign despite a prior agreement. Duterte said they are not in a quarrel but has earlier indicated the end of their political alliance.

Nograles, however, is way ahead of his rivals at 43,219 votes. Trailing way behind are independent candidates Edgar Mabilog (2,117) and Anacleto Millendez (2,678).

Most of Hugpong's bets for councilors are also in the Magic 8 in the three districts.

But the support given by Dabawenyos to the Hugpong slate did not translate to votes for the senatorial candidates of the administration Team Unity.

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 barangay that voted 12-0 for TU but it was a remote village.

Duterte said the party should blame Nograles for the TU’s poor performance in Davao.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Genuine Opposition bets dominated the Magic 12 based on the partial and unofficial results from Namfrel’s quick count covering 1,335 out of 3, 385 precincts, or 39.44 percent.

There are eight bets from GO, two from TU and two independent bets in the top 12.

Francis Escudero is leading at 99,627 votes while Loren Legarda (GO) came in second with 92,374 votes. Others in the top 12 are Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III (GO), 92,249; Panfilo Lacson (GO), 91,293; Francis Pangilinan (Ind), 82,612; Aquilino Pimentel III (GO), 78,210; Gregorio Honasan (Ind), 77,790; Manuel Villar (GO), 75,325; Alan Peter Cayetano (GO), 73,352; Juan Miguel Zubiri (TU), 69,780; Antonio Trillanes IV (GO), 66,131; and Joker Arroyo (TU), 65,137.

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