Bohol has 27 new mayors
Tagbilaran City (24 May) -- 27 local governments units will have to suit into "new leadership styles" as more than half of Bohol's 48 town top seats have new elected occupants.
But "new elected occupants" may not be entirely new.
Many among them are old fixtures refitted to new seats in a political tango featuring the top two highest political seats in town.
In the first district for example, making comeback bids and succeeding are former mayor like Alburquerque Mayor Efren Tungol, Balilihan's Mayor Dominisio Chatto and Corella Mayor Jose Nicanor Tocmo.
As to succession, Antequera's Mayor Mario Jose Pahang ascended to the top seat after a stint as town vice mayor. The same is true with former Dauis vice mayor now Mayor elect Jaime Jimenez.
Corella Mayor Jose Nicanor Tocmo who has to make a comeback after losing the seat few elections back.
Meanwhile, Tubigon Mayor-elect William Jao surged from being a councilor to wrest for himself the town top seat. On the other hand, I Sikatuna, Mayor elect Jose Ellorimo Jr has to surge many notches from a village chief in Poblacion 1 to the top chief executive.
Incumbent mayors who have regained the seats after the historic election are Baclayon Mayor Alvin Uy, Calape mayor Sulpicio Yu, Cortes Mayor Apolinaria Balistoy, Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr., Loon Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, Panglao Mayor Benedicto Alcala and City Mayor Dan Lim.
From being vice mayors, Clarin and Talibon town's Rey Allen Piezas and Auxtero Restituto not reign as to executives in their respective towns.
Rising to the top seat from councilors are San Isidro's Jacinto Naraga, Sagbayan's Danilo Suarez, Buenavista's Robert Celosia and Getafe's Cary Camacho.
Continuing their hold at the district's top seats are Inabanga's Jose Jono Jumamoy, Ubay's Eutiqio Bernales Sr, Bien Unido's Rey Niņo Boniel, Pitogo or President Carlos Garca with Tesalonika Boyboy. San Miguel's Claudio Bonior, Dagohoy's Germinio Relampagos and Danao-s Thomas Louis Gonzaga.
Former Congressman Roberto Cajes dropped notches below to sidle in the seat vacated by his mayor wife in Trinidad town.
Most of the new breed of leaders are from the district where winners have either been engaged in Lila's Regina Salazar, Jagna's Fortunato Abrenilla, Ocay Duero's Cornelius, Alicia's Marilou Ayuban, Carmen's Conchita delos Reyes and Sevilla's Amelita Digal succeeded in taking their respective town seats the hard way: they were not as known but have been associated with politicians partners or relatives.
Winning in her comeback bid is former Anda Mayor Angelina Simacio.
By manner of substitution, Batuan's Francisco Pepito was also elected in lieu of his late wife and town mayor Gregoria.
From Vice Mayors, now elected mayors are Garcia Hernandez' Miguelito Galendez, Mabini's Esther Tabigue, Sierra Bullones' Alfredo Gamalo and Bilar's Norman Palacio.
Still keeping their seats with varied degree of effort through the elections are Loay's Rosemarie Imboy, Dimiao's Sylvia Adame and Valencia's Henrietta Gan.
Guindulman's Maria Fe Piezas, Candijay's Sergio Amora Jr. Pilar's Wilson Pajo and Loboc's Leon Calipusan. (PIA-Bohol) [top]