MERRY MIX OF OLD, NEW FACES IN DAVAO CITY POLLS; COINS TOSSED TO BREAK A TIE
Davao City, July 19, 2002 (STAR) Itís a merry mix of old and new faces that emerged from last Mondayís barangay elections in this city, the leading growth center in this part of the country.
The mix includes those endorsed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte under his Hugpong sa Katawhan sa Dabaw party (47 of the cityís 127 barangays), those affiliated with the camp of first district Rep. Prospero Nograles (37), and the rest, who ran without any political backing.
The incumbents succeeded with their built-in edge, while only four of 19 local mediamen who ran actually won.
With the elections over, Duterte prodded the winning candidates to immediately buckle down to work.
But as in other elections, charges of massive cheating and vote-buying have been hurled.
Lirio Joquiño, Southern Mindanao director of the Commission on Elections, however, said no official complaints have yet been filed.
There were reports that votes were bought for P100 to P300 each, while other candidates distributed packs of sardines, rice and noodles hours before the polls opened. ó Edith Regalado
To break tie, 2 bets toss a coin By Benjie Villa The Philippine Star 07/19/2002
TARLAC CITY ó Both are apparently popular and charismatic and have strong political mass bases. No wonder they tied the race for barangay chairman with 174 votes each.
But only one of them had to be declared the winner.
In what could be considered as one for the books, the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office resolved the tie between Delfin Lacuesta, re-electionist head of Barangay Sto. Domingo here, and challenger Richard Tipay by, of all means, asking them to toss a one-peso coin.
The two agreed and entered into a "gentlemanís agreement," with poll officials and their constituents witnessing the event. Lacuesta chose heads and Tipay went with tails.
The result: Lacuesta won another term. Tipay congratulated him, and Edna Garcia, the Comelecís city head, gave a thumbs-up.
Mayorís backers barricade port The Philippine Star 07/19/2002
LEGAZPI CITY ó The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is mulling the filing of charges against a mayorís followers who have barricaded the main gate of the Matnog port in Sorsogon since Wednesday.
The move by the supporters of Mayor Guillermo So has forced the PPA to transfer port services to the adjoining town of Bulan, about 29 kilometers from Matnog, according to port operations manager Rene Agao.
Reports said Soís supporters staged a rally along the road leading to the Matnog portís gate at about 4 p.m. last Monday, and then proceeded to padlock the gate.
They, however, allowed Manila-bound vehicles from Allen, Samar to pass through.
The group is protesting the continued operation of the Sorsogon Terminal Arrastre Services Corp., which is reportedly owned by Soís political rival, former mayor Emilio Ubaldo.
"Mayor So wants a new bidding for the arrastre service at the port," Agao said.
Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee reportedly went to Matnog yesterday and even allegedly encouraged the picket to continue.
Agao said the PPA earns about P98,000 daily at the Matnog port. ó Celso Amo, Nestor Etolle
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
2002 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS
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