THE regional party Padayon Pilipino still dominates in Misamis Oriental after majority of its candidates in the towns and provincial positions were hailed victorious in the recently concluded midterm elections.
All Provincial Board members-elect for the second district and reelected congresswoman Juliette Uy were proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC) around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The rest of the winners were proclaimed around 9 p.m.
Governor-elect Yevgeny Emano won his third and final term with 248,847 votes, a difference of 51,641 votes from his rival Julio Uy.
Padayon bets Saysay Emano, Nancy Madjos, Boboy Sabal, Dexter Yasay, Win Militante and candidates from allied party Erik Khu, Bebing Dumadag, and Enteng Pelaez made it in the Provincial Board.
Jerry Khu and Jessa Mugot are likely to seat in the opposition in the Capitol's legislative body.
Sabal said the Provincial Board needs improvement and its house rules must be revisited and reviewed like attendance of the members, among others.
"Dunay kailangan i-improve sa SP (Provincial Board) ug dunay angay usabon sa house rules (there's a need to improve in the Provincial Board)," he said.
Yasay, for his part, has assured that the checks and balances will be maintained.
He said one of the committees he wanted to hold is peace and order.
Saysay Emano, another administration board member who topped the race in the Second District, said she will not fail the people who trusted her by making good of her promises during the campaign.
"Bisan bag-o kita sa SP pero maningkamot kita nga maserbisyohan ang katawhan (Even if we are new in the Provincial Board, we will do our best to give service to the people)," she said.
Meanwhile, congressional candidate in the First District, Christian Unabia, whom the Padayon Pilipino supported, won against Joey Pelaez with a difference of 17,268 votes.
However, Padayon's bet for vice governor, President Elipe, lost to his opponent, Jigjag Pelaez, by 28,633 votes, while the party's candidate for congressman in the Second District, Benjo Benaldo, lost to Uy with a wide margin of 84,343 votes.
Of the 23 municipalities and two component cities, eight mayors under the party won, six from allied party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, while 10 from opposing party National Unity Party. (Alwen Saliring)