Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sorsogon 2010 election winners

Sorsogon 2010 election winners proclaimed

by BA Recebido

LGUs back to business as usual

Sorsogon Province (17 May) -- Following the rush last week due to the Philippines' first ever national and local automated polls and the proclamation of winning candidates, local government units (LGUs) across the province are back to business as usual.

"We thank those who pushed the country's automated election, the counting and canvassing done manually in the past stretching the proclamation process for week were now reduced to 24 to 48-hr period," the Boards of Election Inspectors and Canvassers here stated.

It can be noted that the Provincial Comelec here on Wednesday afternoon (May 12), proclaimed Raul Lee (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), ex-governor and husband of incumbent governor, as the winning governor garnering a landslide victory of 160,251 votes as against Jose Solis (Kampi) who only got 60,830 votes.

Former Vice-Governor Antonio "Kruni" Escudero (Independent) succeeded his comeback bid as vice-governor by winning 115,946 votes as against his four opponents.

For the 1st district congressional seat, Jose Edwin Hamor (NP) who got 63,287 votes loses to incumbent Congressman Salvador Escudero III (NPC) who got 89,512 votes.

Incumbent Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos, Jr. (LP) topped the congressional seat in the second district edging a slim margin against Ricardo Golpeo (NPC), his closest opponent.

The province of Sorsogon has 397,419 total registered voters in 692 clustered precincts. Of the total number of registered voters, 323,191 have actually voted.

Meanwhile, Irosin town was the first to proclaim their winning candidates on May 11, 7:36 A.M., while Donsol town was the last to proclaim on the afternoon of May 12.

In Sorsogon City, Leovic Dioneda (LP) holds on to his post as the city mayor by winning a gap of 11,037 votes against his lone opponent, incumbent City Vice-Mayor Edmundo Atutubo (Kampi).

Robert Rodrigueza (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), son of incumbent governor Sally Lee and governor-elect Raul Lee won a big margin as Sorsogon City vice-mayor against his lone opponent incumbent city councilor Roel Sta. Ana.

The following municipal mayors were also proclaimed winners in their respective towns, Barcelona - current provincial administrator Atty. Manuel Fortes, Jr. (LP); Bulan - incumbent Mayor Helen Rose de Castro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD; Bulusan - Michael Guysayko (NP), son of incumbent Bulusan Mayor and League of Municipalities Sorsogon chapter president Juan Guysayko who did not make it in the second district congressional race; Castilla - incumbent Mayor Olive Bermillo (LP); Casiguran - incumbent Mayor Ester Hamor (NP); Donsol - incumbent Mayor Jerome Alcantara (LP); Gubat - 29 yr-old Ronnel Lim (NP); Irosin - Eduardo Ong (PDP-Laban); Juban - Jimmy Fragata (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) and husband of three-termer and incumbent Mayor Tess Fragata; Magallanes - former mayor of the same town Roque Carranza (Lakas-Kampi-CMD); Matnog - former Matnog mayor Emilio Ubaldo (Kampi); Pilar - incumbent Mayor Dennis Sy-Reyes (NPC); and, Prieto Diaz -incumbent Provincial Board Member Jocelyn Lelis (Lakas-Kampi-CMD).

Meanwhile, both the defeated and proclaimed winners vowed to set aside politics after the election and start to work on genuine public service to help make Sorsogon move forward.

Sorsoganons, meanwhile, anticipate that the newly elected leaders will vouch to what they have promised. (PIA Sorsogon)


Peta said...

As expected the political dynasties of the Lees and the Escuderos prevailed again over their political opponents.

Dioneda too.

Nothing new.

Bacongnon man aco said...

Our present Constitution actually provides a prohibition against political dynasties. However, it leaves to Congress the responsibility for enacting an implementing law and define how the prohibition could be made effective. Any person with some intelligence knows that Congress will never do that. That will be political suicide for the members of Congress who belong to the same political dynasties that the Constitution seeks to prohibit.

That leaves us - the voters - to make that Constitutional provision effecive. How we do it is through one and only one thing - vote those dynasties out of office.

We missed that opportunity in the last elections as we did in elections past. I suspect we will continue to miss future opportunities because we will continue to vote for people who pay us and who give us political favors.

The question now is - do we, as a people, have the fortitude to make the right decision and the strength of character to stick to that decision?

I suspect not. The state of our economy, where people are in constant need to rely on government and politicians to survive, and the political structure of our society, which are intended to protect the very same dynasties we seek to eliminate, will detract, nay prevent, most of us from doing what is right.

At this point, I believe it will take a political "tsunami" to get us to where we want to be politically. The alternative is a long, laborious and resource-depleting effort of education of the masses. And that opens up a host of other problems that take us away farther and farther from our original objective of eliminating political dynasties.

Tagabulod said...

The election results in this report are exactly the same, including the number of votes, to my report of May 12 (See my comment in the post "Latest Report"). The only missing element was the official proclamation of the winners.

Loma said...

To Bacongnon Man Aco;

Definitely. I am a fan. Your political analysis is incisive.

Thanks a lot.

Austria said...

Political dynasties are prevalent in majority of provinces in the Philippines. This is the result of widespread vote buying by local political kingpins who own the 3 Gs: Goons, Gold and guns.

Manjority of the electorate are poor and so vulnerable to the influence to the powerful and rich.

Only the economic uplifting of the masses will result to independence and strength to resist corrupt politiicans.

Very good analysis, Bacongnon Man Aco.

Minamoot sa banua said...

I give up. In fact I gave up a long time ago. These politicians can do whatever they want to do, I care less; but never, ever will I trust politicians and their supporters! Never!

Rome said...

Thank you, Bacongnon Man Aco for your intelligent commentary.

Please keep them coming.

Sorsoganon said...

To Minamoot:

Please don't get frustrated.

Please be reminded that the then monolithic Soviet Union and a host of communist countries in Eastern Europe was thought to be unpenetrable and invincible collapsed like dominoes in the late80s and early 90s.

The political tsunami mentioned by Bacongnon Man Aco may soon come sooner than Bacongnon thinks.

Nothing in this world is forever.
Historically, many societies and culture were relegated to the dustbins of history.

Loma said...

On May 12, 2010 Tolong Gapo reported in the "Latest Report" the winners of the Sorsogon election.

Thanks, Tolong Gapo.

Vancouver said...

To Tagabulod:

You are right. Your report was not noticed or acknowledged by this blog's administration.

Int'l Bacongnons said...

Sorry Tolong Gapo.

London said...

Be done with this overdated disgusting article.

Bacongnon man aco said...

You're right, London. The article is quite old. I don't know about "disgusting". It is just a report of the election results.

Since we all seem to have the best interests of Bacon in our hearts, why don't we start a conversation about what we can do individually and collectively to help Bacon? Of course, the first thing to do is to know and understand what the problems are so that the right solutions can be proposed.

Let me start by posing one that I feel is the root of many of the other problems that beset our benighted town. I refer to the general lack of initiative by people to improve themselves both as persons and as contributors to the general well-being of the town. It appears to me that a significant majority are simply waiting for handouts and whatever they can smooch from someone who they might consider to be well off. Of course, there are exceptions to this.

I could be wrong. But at this point I could see that that attitude needs to change if we, as a town and a people, would hope to be better than we are today. That is more like an expression of hope rather than a solution. I confess that, at this point, I have not come up with any specific proposals.

Perhaps some of you out there could offer some suggestions on how we can best approach this. And, of course, you may also want to bring out what you believe could be areas that we, as a town and people, can improve on.

I am open to suggestions. I encourage all to give your sincere thoughts on this. Hopefully, this conversation can crystallize into something that we hope will move our local leaders and our people into achieving.

One caveat: Please let's keep the conversation respectful of other participants.

Rome said...

To Bacongnon Man Aco:

Again thanks for your intelligent commentary. While I agree with your thoughts and suggestions,we must also be reminded that all the ills in Bacon are not unique. Why? The common denominator in most towns and villages all over the world is the lack of opportuniies and economic stagnation. There are simply no corporations, factories and businesses in the towns and rural areas. That is the reason why many of us Bacongnons generation after generation had to leave Bacon for better lives and opportunities abroad. That is true too even in developed countries in Europe such as here in Italy. Much more so in underdeveloped countires like the Philippines.
Yes, we can still do something for those poor Bacongnons left behind. I like so much to help educate the children so that they too can someday leave Bacon for better lives somewhere.

Peta Loma said...

Yes, let us help in the education of the children. There so many, many children in Bacon who are extremely destitute.

hidden paradise said...

Congrats! Im delighted of your very timely, intelligent comments here. while it is true that political dynasty reign here in sorsogon, we thought for a fact that thru the automation election there will be some changes but to my disappointment it only shows that vote buying is rampant in our province. How can we change it? A lot of voters education campaign has been done but it seems it does'nt sink in to their minds.I may agree to some point that if we can do something about it the question is HOW? WHEN? WHO WILL INITIATE it? Anyway keep up the good work..

Cal Furnya said...

Majority of the voters in the Philippine are poor with very low education and are easily manipulated, cowed, bought, snared, enticed by the very few wealthy, politically entrenched and powerful politicians.