Padayon party carries Emano, Jaraula’s win in polls

Padayon Pilipino, the political party set up by Emano in 1998, also made a sweep at the 16-seat of the Cagayan de Oro Council.

But the victory stopped there.

The two congressional bets of Padayon Pilipino for the two districts of Cagayan de Oro were defeated by their opponents.

Results of the unofficial count at the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) showed Jaraula, who is running for the mayoral seat, got a total of 71,642 votes compared to Magtajas who was able to garner only 61,043 votes.

Emano trounced all his opponents in the vice mayoralty race. He garnered a whooping 86,463 votes while his opponent, former Councilor Manolo Tagarda, got only 15, 795 votes.

It was a worse defeat for former ally of Emano, Councilor Alvin Calingin who bolted  Padayon Pilipino to be the running mate of Magtajas. Calingin got only 38,745 votes.

In the congressional race for the second district of Cagayan de Oro, lawyer Rufus Rodriguez defeated Councilor Jose Benjamin Benaldo, the candidate of Padayon Pilipino

Rodriguez, who engaged Benaldo in a blistering poster war two weeks before last Monday's elections, got 43,907 votes while Benaldo garnered only 35,162 votes.

Rodriguez is the spokesperson of former President Joseph Estrada while Benaldo is a close friend of Mikey Arroyo, son of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In the city's first district, barangay Carmen Chairperson Rolando Uy, an independent candidate, defeated Vice Mayor Michelle Tagarda Spiers of Padayon Pilipino, in a close race for the congressional seat.

Uy got 16,527 votes edging Spiers who got 15, 609 votes.

Namfrel stopped its quick count at
5:00 pm Thursday after getting 95 percent of the election returns in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.

Official canvassing however, continued as of 4:00 pm this afternoon at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol and Cagayan de Oro City Hall.

The candidates of Padayon Pilipino scooped at least 12 of the 16 seat available in the the city council.

Two newsmen, Alden Bacal, former news anchor of ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro and reelectionist Councilor Zaldy Ocon, former RMN station manager, were elected to the city council.

Bacal ran under Padayon Pilipino while Ocon ran with the local opposition.

The elections in the province of Misamis Oriental were hotly contested with opponents hurling accusations of vote-buying and intimidation against each other.

Governor Oscar Moreno who is seeking reelection, has a commanding lead according to the Namfrel count. Moreno garnered 174,472 votes over his rival, Rep. Augusto Baculio who managed only 88,164 votes.

The unofficial tabulation showed a dismal showing for Baculio's son, Augustus, who only managed to get 36,445 votes. His rival, Emano's son, Yevgeny, held a commanding lead of 65,254 votes in the congressional race for the second district of Misamis Oriental.

Reelectionist Rep. Danilo Lagbas leads the congressional race in thefirst district of Misamis Oriental, garnering 74,918 votes.

Lagbas' opponent, Michael Paderanga, got only 44,076 votes.

Last Monday's elections could be an end to the political clan of Calingin. Family patriach, former Governor Antonio Calingin was only third, 9,054 votes, in the race for Cagayan de Oro Mayor.

Calingin's son, Paul, was also third, 6,728 votes, in the race for the congressional second district of Misamis Oriental. Another son, Andy, lost his reelection bid for Claveria town mayor.

Anak Mindanaw (Amin) topped the party list votes, getting 25,183 votes in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, largely through the efforts of local supporter Balay Mindanaw.

The rest of the party list top rankers are Bayan Muna, Coop Natco and Gabriela.