By Manilyn Ugalde
LEGAZPI CITY (23May2013/(PNA) — Four incumbent governors in Bicol have been reelected while two new faces, including that of a 23-year old-son of an outgoing governor, have been added to complete what has been called the Bicol Bloc.
Incidentally, the composition of the new Bicol Bloc of six governors has only one from the ruling Liberal Party, who ran unopposed.
The six Bicol governors have been proclaimed by the Commission on Elections without encountering any pre-proclamation protests.
They are governors Edgardo Tallado (Nationalist People’s Coalition) of Camarines Norte, Raul Lee (United Nationalist Alliance) of Sorsogon, Rizalina Seachon-Lanete (NPC) of Masbate, Joey Sarte Salceda (Liberal Party) of Albay, businesswoman Cecilia Wong (independent) of Catanduanes and LRay “Migs” Villafuerte Jr. (Nacionalista Party) of Camarines Sur.
Wong and Villafuerte are newcomers.
The four reelected governors are in their third term.
Salceda, who ran uncontested, was first to be proclaimed by the Comelec.
Comelec provincial supervisor Mae Ann Cortes immediately proclaimed Salceda, saying even for only one vote, he could be proclaimed winner.
Nevertheless, Salceda still managed to get almost 300,000 votes or 73 percent of the 411,271 votes cast during the election.
On the other hand, the young Villafuerte, son of the outgoing governor, trounced his grandfather, veteran Bicol political leader Rep. Luis Villafuerte whose wife, Nelly, was also defeated by the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo’s wife, Leni, in the third district of Camarines Sur.Migs father, L-Ray, lost to Rep. Diosdado ‘Dato’ Arroyo for the congressional seat in the Second District of Camarines Sur.
In Catanduanes, many could not believe that last termer Gov. Joseph Cua would be defeated by Wong, who twice lost in her previous attempts for the congressional seat.
Cua, who controls almost all big businesses in the province–transportation (sea and land), gasoline stations, restaurants, hardware stores, malls, cement supply outlets, construction, abaca supply and drug stores (name it and he has it, traders would say)–has been credited for shouldering the burial expenses of poor families in barangays during his two terms.
He immediately conceded defeat.(PNA)