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Eastern Samar's Evardone, Nicart, Gonzales proclaimed next provincial leaders

Abunda-Anacta for Borongan City

By Alice E. Nicart

Borongan City (17 May) -- Attorney Butz Beato, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Supervisor proclaimed Ben Evardone, as the newly elected Representative of the Lone District of Eastern Samar at about 2:00 o'clock in the morning of May 12.

Evardone who currently sits as the provincial governor (2nd term) garnered a total of 74,045 votes against his close rival, re-electionist Teodulo Coquilla who gathered 64,122 votes.

"Thank you very much for your support," were the only words Evardone could muster as he shook hands and stepped out of the SP Session Hall after his proclamation.

Minutes after, Conrado "Aklan" Nicart Sr. was likewise proclaimed as the duly elected governor with a total of 46,303 votes against Guiuan's Generoso Yu who harvested some 42,044 votes.

Nicart who is familiar also with his signature beard and mustache, displayed a comical amazement, as he marched inside towards the hall for COMELEC's readings of his victory.

"Dire naman dawla in barangay hall?", (This is no longer just a barangay hall) uttered Nicart as he expressed difference of his previous political physical environment.

A former member of the Philippine Constabulary (PC) Nicart reigned in years as San Policarpo town mayor; recently he entered the provincial race and destiny was his to successfully hit the mark over and above his rivals.

He was followed in the center stage, by Christopher "Sheen" Gonzales as the youngest ever elected vice governor with a whooping 101,424 votes against Atty. Jovy Opinion who collected some 44,995 votes. Opinion currently holds a board member seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

The tall, good-looking and young vice-governor elect was accompanied to the provincial canvassing by Bureau of Immigration (BID) Commissioner Marcelino Libanan with wife Elda, who are his parents-in-law.

Earlier of the same evening, at the City Canvassing Office, Atty. Raymond Gunda, City Election Officer, proclaimed Ma. Fe Abunda as the new Borongan city mayor with 12,542 votes with Fidel V. Anacta Jr. as vice mayor with 13,200 votes. Abunda and Anacta are the current vice mayor and mayor respectively.

It can be recalled that Abunda, daughter of erstwhile vice mayor Lesing Abunda was earlier branded as an undiplomatic, hard hitting woman, but brother Boy Abunda came to defend her when he talked to the media.

"Mas maupay nala it, it maisog kontra hit makawat," (Better to be hard hitting than be a theft,") said the younger Abunda in a previous press conference.

Other winning candidates for the Sangguniang Panlunsod follow:

  • Tiu Sonco, Emmanuel - 16,184 (New; young businessman)
  • Anasarias, Aurora - 12,993 (Retired school principal)
  • Anacio, Jennifer - 12,504 (New; Ll.B graduate)
  • Alvarez, Karen - 11,604 (Sitting Member of Provincial Board Member)
  • Capito, Annabelle - 9,998 (New; Former brgy. chairman)
  • Quelitano, Estanislao - 9,500 (New; Retired DILG Prov'l. Dir.)
  • Badillo, Bonifacio - 9,780 (Reelected)
  • Villarino, Daniel - 9,767 (Reelected)
  • Caharop, Rodrigo - 8,546 (Reelected)
  • Bebita, Napoleon - 8,090 (New: Ll.B graduate)

The winning candidates made history in the local scene being the firsts in the automated election, which was characterized to be generally peaceful and orderly. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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