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Mercados dominate again, Duterte wins by 20k over Roxas
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on May 10, 2016, 1:32 pm

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – The Mercado dynasty continued their dominance in the Southern Leyte province and in the city with an addition to a son-in-law winning as Board Member.

Gov. Roger Mercado, who switched place with younger brother Rep. Damian as lone Representative of the province winning with a big margin (111,340 ) against lawyer and former St. Bernard mayor Rico Rentuza(56,882).

Rep. Damian Mercado who slide down to run as governor won by a landslide (108,190) against Vice Governor Sheffered Tan(68,800).

Association of Barangay Captain Federation president Nacional Mercado swept his rival former Maasin mayor Gerry Dator in the mayoralty position in the city with 27,946 votes vs. Dator’s 10,811. Nacional is the son of gov. Roger Mercado.

Gov. Mercado’s son-in-law Leoncio Uy, Jr. won as board member in the second district.

The Mercados run under LP banner.

Three days before the election a viral video posted in So Good Southern leyte FB page showing a man berating five men allegedly with high-powered firearms asking who hired them.  The five fearfully answered Damian Mercado.

In loud voice, the man (supposedly Vice Gov. Tan) repeated the question to answer also in loud voice.

The Mercados, however, denied the allegations saying “why would we do it when we were winning.”

Tan filed as vice governor of Gov. Roger Mercado under Liberal Party but days before the deadline for substitution he substituted Board Member Albert Exclamado who run as Governor under UNA.

At least 15 mayoralty bets under LP won in the province’ 19 municipalities including the city of Maasin.

In the Presidential race in Maasin, Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte got a small margin of only over 3,000 with 20,789 votes against LP bet Mar Roxas’ 16,925.  Duterte was born in Laboon village in the city and even studied in grade one at the Laboon elementary school.

Duterte volunteers in the city reportedly blames small winning margin to alleged straight vote-buying campaign of the administration party.

In the province, Duterte got 85,114 votes against Roxas’ 68,309.  Poe garnered 8,,072.

For vice president Leni Robredo won with 88,013.  While Duterte’s got 36,919 and Marcos, 29,395.

In June last year Duterte attended the Roa clan grand reunion in Laboon where his mother came from.  He has not declared a presidential candidate.

In march this year, he was practically mobbed in his campaign sortie at city’s bus terminal.


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