Comelec proclaims poll winners in Southern Leyte
By RG Cadavos
Maasin City, Southern Leyte (15 May) -- With a landslide victory in the province of Southern Leyte, the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party candidates in the May 2010 polls at the provincial level were officially proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers, yesterday, May 14 at exactly 4:30 in the afternoon.
After the remaining official ballots from the municipalities were finally fed into the Precinct Count Optical San (PCOS) at the New Legislative Building, Provincial Capitol, the winning candidates, all from the administration ticket were declared. It was led by the Board of Canvassers Chairman Provincial Comelec Election Officer Antonio Gulay Jr., Department of Education Division Superintendent Violeta Alocilja, and Provincial Fiscal Antonino Ruiz.
Re-electionist Congressman Roger G. Mercado led in the congressional slate with 125, 912 votes against former Congressman Aniceto Saludo Jr. who garnered 61,595 votes provincewide. While, younger brother Damian G. Mercado, incumbent governor got 132,696 votes over Marissa Y. Lerias with 47,430 votes.
Other candidates proclaimed were re-electionist Vice Governor Miguel Maamo II, and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members from the two districts of the province.
The 1st District SP members who won the poll were: re-electionists Alberto Esclamado,Cesar Rey, Teopisto Rojas, Jr., and Felicula Escano, the former mayor of Tomas Oppus replacing Agustin Escano who ran as mayor of same town. While the 2nd District Sangguniang Panlalawigan members who were declared as winners were as follows: incumbent Daisy Gamale, Roberto Lagumbay, Junbee Fernandez and newcomer Abelardo Almario.
The Board of Canvassers alternately raised the hands of the poll winners as indication that the elections in the province was finally done four days after the May 10. 2010 elections. Family, friends and supporters of each candidate were present during the proclamation. (PIA-soleyte) [top]