Note: We will continue to update the results as soon as we get new data. In the meantime, you might want to share your thoughts on the lighter side of Cordillera politics.
UPDATE 9: Technical problems with Blogger/Blogspot prevented us from adding updates these past few days so we posted the final results for Benguet here. Thanks for visiting this blog. We hope you continue to visit us in the future. Meanwhile, you might want to join us in our playful attempt to put words in the mouths of our Cordillera politicians here. In case you are interested in more election-related news from the Cordilleras, we have some links for you here. Lastly, you might want to read our post in honor of our kailiyans who died working for a peaceful election here.
UPDATE 8 (18 May): From Bibak.org: Felicio Bayacsan won as mayor of Buguias while Melchor Diclas won as vice mayor.
UPDATE 7 (17 May): Partial official results from the COMELEC covering 8 of the 13 towns in Benguet. This is as of 4 pm. 16 May. Incumbent Congressman Samuel Dangwa continues to lead with a margin of about 14,000 votes. With five towns still unaccounted for (sayang di natin alam kung anong towns ang mga ito), will his challenger Ronald Cosalan be able to close the gap and maybe even win? Ano kaya ang assessment ng ating favorite iBenguet blogger na si The Nashman?
FONGWAN, NESTOR – 26207
MELCHOR, BORROMEO – 21939
TABANDA, EDNA – 6522
Vice gubernatorial race
SACLA, Wasing – 26848
PECALSO, Crescencio – 25080
DANGWA, SAMUEL – 34100
COSALAN, RONALD – 20814
UPDATE 6: Here’s the final unofficial [PPCRV] tally for La-Trinidad, Benguet. Source: Sunstar
La Trinidad mayoralty race
Artemio Galwan – 6,991
Greg Abalos – 5,935
Arthur Shontogan – 3,945
William Esteban – 2,763
Damaso Bangaoet – 760
Vice mayoralty race
Samuel Esguerra – 8,618
Henry Kipas – 6,913
Lucas Gadgad – 3,530
For the municipal council (8 members)
Romeo Salda – 8,616
Jim Botiwey – 8,221
Dionisio Literato – 7,262
Thomas Chamos – 6,459
Albert Tacio – 6,351
Jerome Selmo – 5,765
Felix Loy-odan – 5,569
Demory Carantes – 5,407
Congressional race (for La-Trinidad only)
Samuel Dangwa – 10,639
Ronald Cosalan – 8,534
Gubernatorial race (for La-Trinidad only)
Nestor Fongwan – 9,178
Borromeo Melchor – 7,234
Edna Tabanda – 3,777
Vice gubernatorial race (for La-Trinidad only)
Crescensio Pacalso – 9,806
Wasing Sacla – 8259
UPDATE 5: Via text message from a reliable source: Artemio Galwan is the mayor-elect for La-Trinidad and Samuel Esguerra is the vice mayor-elect. In provincial positions, re-electionist Congressman Samuel Dangwa won in La-Trinidad while gubernatorial candidate Nestor Fongwan obtained the most votes in the capital town.
UPDATE 4: La-Trinidad mayoralty candidate Arthur Shontogan concedes saying that his votes will not catch up with the votes cast for his two opponents. [Source: Sunstar] Here’s the partial unofficial return from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV):
Artemio Galwan – 6,991 votes
Greg Abalos – 5,935 votes
Arthur Shontogan – 3,945 votes
As we mentioned earlier, it’s a close contest between Galwan and Abalos. We take our hats off to Arthur Shontogan! We hope other politicians will be as gracious in defeat.
UPDATE 3: We don’t have the figures but here’s how the canvassing is shaping up according to a text message from a friend in La-Trinidad: Incumbent Congressman Samuel Dangwa is leading over his challenger Ronald Cosalan. In the gubernatorial race, Nestor Fongwan leads slightly over incumbent Governor Melchor Borromeo. In the Vice gubernatorial race, the incumbent Vice Governor Crescencio Pacalso appears to be the likely winner.
Meanwhile, in the La-Trinidad mayoralty race, the front runners in a field of five candidates) are Artemio Galwan and Greg Abalos Jr. Any of the two will be the next mayor of the capital town.
UPDATE 2 (16 May): Re-electionist Sablan Mayor Bony Tacio was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as the winner in Sablan’s mayoralty race. Source.
UPDATE 1: Unfortunately, no results from our contacts yet. But you might want to read this story regarding the petition by gubernatorial candidate and La Trinidad Mayor Fongwan calling for the disqualification of Provincial Prosecutor Felix Cabading as vice chair of the Benguet Provincial Board of Election Canvassers allegedly because the latter is biased against Fongwan. The petition was denied and Atty. Cabading was allowed to sit on the board. More here.
FIRST POST: Nope, we don’t have the figures yet. We are just making this advance post in anticipation of the deluge when results from the different provinces will arrive all at the same time. Mabuti na yong handa di ba? In the meantime, click at the links below for news before the elections and for the list of candidates from Benguet. But do come back here again because we will be updating this post regularly.
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