Zubiri slate wins in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 May) – The tandem of reelectionist Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri and councilor Roland Deticio of the Bukidnon Paglaum Party-administration team won wide margins over their rivals in the May 13 elections with six of their councilors already in the first seven slots as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The finalization of the 8th to 10th slots in the city council has been stalled due to three corrupted compact flash (CF) cards of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS). This means a total of 2,117 votes from barangays 10, Bangcud, and St. Peter.

Lawyer Gina Luna Zayas-Sabio, Malaybalay election officer, told MindaNews Tuesday afternoon they have already requested authority to proclaim the winners that won’t be affected by the number of votes in spite of the three unreadable CF cards.

Zayas-Sabio said the CF cards were corrupted and could not be opened if accessed in the computer. She said they will wait for the replacement from Manila to arrive before they can officially canvass the votes from those three precincts.

Vice mayor-elect Roland Deticio said the proclamation of the mayor, vice mayor and the first seven councilors is scheduled 9 a.m. today.

In the partial and unofficial list, Zubiri got 28,672 votes, Marabe 17,745 votes, and Aldeguer with 16,893 votes.

Zubiri won in 34 of the city’s 46 barangays. Marabe and Aldeguer won in six barangays each . Marabe won in Barangay 1, 3, 4, 9, 11, and Casisang. Aldeguer won in Aglayan, Apo Macote, Imbayao, Mapulo, Miglamin, and Sinanglanan.

For vice mayor, Deticio won with 35,986 votes vs. Dr. Glorio Sajulga’s 20,434 votes.

For the city councilors, the administration slate got 9 of the 10 councilors – reelectionist Jay Warren Pabillaran (36,559), lawyer and political newcomer Rendon Sanggalang (24,320), reelectionist George Damasco Sr. (24,285), former councilor Provo Antipasado (23,996), reelectionist Lorenzo Dinlayan (23,149), reelectionist Canoto Barroso (21,895), reelectionist Mya Rosos-Tenorio (17,567), former mayor Nicolas Jurolan (17,047), and Allied Bank vice president for Mindanao Louel Tortola (16,817).

The only candidate from the other parties in the top 10 is lawyer Hollis Monsanto at sixth place with 21,960 votes.

At the 11th and 12th spots are lawyer Burt Estrada (16,408) and balikbayan Marlon Valcorza (15,186).

Like Zubiri, Deticio’s family has been with politics. His mother Aurora was a city councilor before her retirement.