Cebu’s old political clans still rule Cebu’s polls

(Photo by Amper Campaña)

ALL is fair in love and war as some families and clans triumphed over others in the midterm elections.

Cebu’s governorship was won Rep. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia, while her younger brothers reelectionist Barili Mayor Marlon, and third district representative-elect Pablo John, also won in their respective electoral races.

Gwen’s daughter, Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, also got reelected.

Christina’s husband, former Cebu Port Authority commissioner Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco, also succeeded in thwarting incumbent Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI in the fifth congressional district.

But while Red may have failed to secure his post, his father and brother were able to keep their seats in Danao City.

The father-and-son tandem of reelectionists Danao City Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III and Vice Mayor Thomas Mark “Mix”, secured their posts after defeating PDP-Laban bets in the electoral race.

In the neighboring town of Compostela, incumbent Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president Froilan Quiño won the mayoralty race, while his uncle, Felijur, was reelected first councilor.

The two are from opposing parties as Froilan banners the Bakud party of the Duranos, while Felijur recently joined the Garcia-led One Cebu party.

In Poro, the uncle-and-nephew tandem of incumbent mayor Luciano Rama Jr. and Edgar emerged victorious after they won the vice mayoralty and mayoral races.

In Sogod, incumbent Mayor Moonyen Durano-Streegan won the vice mayoralty race, while her husband, incumbent Vice Mayor Richard Streegan, was elected mayor.

The Arquillano brothers also won the top posts in the northern town of San Francisco based on final and official results.

Vice Mayor Alfredo “Al” Arquillano Jr. won the mayoral race, while his younger brother, incumbent Mayor Aly Arquillano, won the vice mayoralty seat.

Brothers Rex (incumbent mayor) and Raul Gerona (incumbent vice mayor) of Tabuelan town also won in the vice mayoralty and mayoral races, respectively.

In neighboring Tuburan, brothers Danilo (incumbent vice mayor) and Democrito Diamante (incumbent mayor) also won their mayoralty and vice mayoralty races.

In Bogo City, Mayor Carlo Martinez and his sister, Vice Mayor Mayel Martinez, won their reelection bids.

In Aloguinsan, Mayor Cesare Ignatius Moreno won his bid for reelection, while his sister Raisa, was elected vice mayor.

Meanwhile, the father-and-son tandem of incumbent Madridejos Vice Mayor Salvador dela Fuente and incumbent Mayor Jay River, won in the mayoral and vice mayoralty races.

In Daanbantayan, incumbent fourth district Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura was elected town mayor, while his wife Kerrie, will be taking over his seat in the PB.

In Balamban, third district PB Member Alex Binghay was elected town mayor, while his son and running mate, Alfie won his bid for vice mayor.

In the midwestern town of Dumanjug, suspended Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica won his bid for reelection, while his brother and running mate, Erwin, won in the vice mayoralty race.

In Malabuyoc, Mayor Lito Narciso Creus, and his son and running mate, Vice Mayor Lito Narciso III got reelected.In neighboring Alegria, town Mayor Verna Magallon was reelected, while her husband and running mate Gilberto, won the vice mayoralty seat.

In Samboan, Mayor Emerito Calderon won his bid for reelection. His sons Rep. Peter John (Cebu, 7th) and Samboan Vice Mayor Emerito Jr., were also reelected.

In Talisay City, Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas (Cebu, 1st) will replace his grandfather, Mayor Eduardo Gullas. The elder Gullas, on the other hand, will take over his grandson as congressman.

In the City of Naga, Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong was elected vice mayor, while her father, Valdemar Chiong will take over the city’s top post.

In Carcar City, ABC president Mercedita Apura was elected mayor, while her husband and running mate, incumbent Mayor Nicepuro won the vice mayoralty race.

The husband-and-wife tandem of incumbent Sibonga Mayor Caroline Bacaltos and husband Lionel, also came victorious after they were elected councilor and mayor.

In Consolacion, mother-and-son incumbent town Mayor Teresa Alegado and Councilor Joannes, won their respective bids as vice mayor and mayor after running unopposed.

In Cordova, Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho succeeded in securing a reelection, while her cousin and running mate, Ximgil Dino Sitoy won the vice mayoralty race.

In Mandaue City, sixth district PB Member Thadeo Jovito Ouano won his reelection bid, while his older sister, Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon succeeded in her bid as sixth district representative.

Their brother, Alfie, was also elected as town councilor in Consolacion.

Some clans, though, failed to secure their electoral bids.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña did not succeed in his reelection bid, while his brother Serge, also did not make it to the top 12 list of senators based on partial and unofficial tally as of Tuesday night.

Their cousin, incumbent Toledo City Mayor John Henry "Sonny", also failed in his bid as third district congressman.

Unlike his children, former Bogo City mayor Celestino "Junie" Martinez Jr. did not win his bid for fourth district representative against Janice Salimbangon, the wife of incumbent Rep. Benhur (Cebu, 4th).

Benhur's daughter and Gwen Garcia's running mate, Daphne, was also defeated by incumbent Gov. Hilario Davide III in the vice gubernatorial race.

Gwen's other younger brother, Nelson, was also unsuccessful in his bid for seventh district congressman.


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