An Waray emerge as first in Eastern Visayas

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Saturday, May 18, 2013


TACLOBAN CITY – The An Waray party-list is number one in Eastern Visayas and 11 other party-list groups turned out to be the top picks in 33 of the 143 cities and municipalities, counting results showed.

An Waray party-list Representative Neil Benedict Montejo said this is inevitable considering that nominees and officials of some existing party-lists hail from the region, too.

“These party-lists are also diligently wooing local government officials and voters as well but despite of this, a big majority of voters still voted for An Waray,” Montejo said.

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Despite the popularity of other party- lists in the region, Montejo is confident that An Waray will get at least a single seat in Congress since they are able to get two percent of the total votes for party-list based on the latest count.

Initially, the party-list had 406,735 votes nationwide or 15th with the highest votes.

In Eastern Samar, Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party- list tops in the count in the towns of Balangkayan, Borongan City, Can-avid, Oras, San Julian, San Policarpo, and Taft. It was also in the first rank in Tagapul-an and Zumarraga, Samar.

PBA party list nominee Sol Angelie Libanan, an incumbent councilor of Taft town, is a daughter of former Eastern Samar Representative Marcelino Libanan.

In General Macarthur and Hernani towns, 1-Ang Pamilya was the top choice among voters.

Data from the transparency server of the Commission on Elections showed that of the 167,676 votes for party- list counted in Eastern Samar, 34,560 votes (31.49 percent) were for An Waray, 27,698 votes (25.24 percent) for PBA, and 3,244 votes (2.94 percent) for 1 Ang Pamilya.

Bayan Muna was the top choice in Catubig, Gamay, Mapanas, Palapag, Las Navas, and Laoang in Northern Samar.

Aangat Tayo party-list dominated in Capul, Catarman, Lavezares, Mondragon, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Vicente, and Victoria in Northern Samar; and Inopacan in Leyte.
Of the 222,043 votes counted in Northern Samar, An Waray garnered 21, 807 votes (18.18 percent), just a little ahead of Aangat Tayo’s 18,765 votes (15.64 percent), and Bayan Muna’s 14,914 votes (12.43 percent).

Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party outranked An Waray in Pambujan, Northern Samar and Libagon, Southern Leyte. Majority of voters in Hilongos and San Isidro in Leyte picked 1-Care party list.

Some areas have other frontrunners – Isabel, Leyte (Aani), Maasin City, Southern Leyte (Firm 24-K), Bato, Leyte (COOP-NATCCO), and Sogod, Southern Leyte (UNI-MAD).

In Las Navas, Northern Samar and Maasin City, An Waray landed in the fifth place, an unexpected result for a party-list founded by individuals with ethnic roots from the region.

In the entire region, An Waray got 354,419 votes or 38.09 percent of the 1.58 million votes counted. Trailing behind are PBA (58,050 votes), 1- Care (38,285 votes), Bayan Muna (28,198), and Aangat Tayo (26,216).

Ladylyn Lim, political science professor of University of the Philippines Tacloban campus said that there would always be a chance for other party- list groups to top in the count in some Waray and Cebuano-speaking areas because of lack of support from local politicians.

“Some mayors in the region have endorsed a different party-list because they were swayed with campaign promises of political parties,” Lim said.

Metro Manila-based Filipinos whose ethnic roots are from the Eastern Visayas founded the party in 2001. In the 2004 elections, it won one seat in Congress with Florencio Noel as nominee. The group has two representatives in the 15th Congress. (Sarwell Q. Meniano/ (Leyte Samar Daily Express))

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