by Geraldine G. Dumallig
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Incumbents and familiar names dominated the elections in the province.
Among those reelected are Rep. Manuel Agyao who garnered 68,279 votes which is 50 percent higher than that of his contender, Atty. Macario Duguiang, who garnered 35,233 votes.
Incumbent Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac also won with 63,213 votes over candidate Conrado Dieza Jr. who got 33,498 votes.
Vice Gov. Allen Jesse Mangaoang is also reelected with 52,140 votes over Farnaw Claver who got 45,586 votes.
Reelected for the provincial board for District I are Dave Odiem and Chester Alunday, newly elected Alonzo Saclag Jr., who is from a prominent family in Lubuagan, and Emilio Kitongan, a councilor from Pasil.
For District 2, the members of the board include reelectionist Gelacio Bongngat, former Tabuk City mayor Camilo Lammawin Jr., Mark Aldrich Diasen, son of the late and former vice governor Rommel Diasen and former governor Floydelia Diasen, and Atty. Jerry Puday, son of former board member William Puday.
In the municipal level, most of the incumbents are also retained, like in Balbalan where the election was dominated by reelectionist Mayor Kenneth Dale Mangaoang and Vice mayor Eric Gonayon.
Lubuagan’s incumbent Mayor Johnny Dickpus and incumbent Vice mayor Elizabeth Pallogan also retained their seats.
In Pasil, Mayor James Edduba was unopposed but this time with a new vice mayor in the person of Ellen Malannag, an incumbent sangguniang bayan member.
Name recall also prevailed in Pinukpuk as the people voted for Atty. Jimmy Dasayon, son of incumbent Mayor Irving Dasayon who run unopposed as vice mayor.
In Rizal, incumbent Mayor Marcelo dela Cruz Jr. and incumbent Vice mayor Renato Vicente were also reelected.
For Tanudan, incumbent Mayor Johnwell Tiggangay has a new vice mayor, Pedro Codiam.
In Tinglayan, former mayor Johnny Maymaya won over incumbent Mayor Fernando Abay. Elected vice mayor is Donato Gayyaman Jr., also a political figure in the municipality.
In Tabuk City, Mayor Ferdinand Tubban won over former congressman Lawrence Wacnang. Incumbent Vice mayor Darwin Estrañero was unopposed.
Despite the reported military and communist dissident armed conflicts, elections in the province was generally peaceful with an estimated 70.1 percent voter’s turn out.
Among the observed concerns were mostly technical, which include delay and failure of voters report transmittal and corrupted compact flash cards.