NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) – Voters in the province of Biliran have their share in the resounding votes garnered nationwide by president-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte of the PDP-Laban in the synchronized local and national elections on May 9, 2016.
Based on the provincial certificate of canvass of Comelec-Biliran provincial office, Duterte garnered 30,712 votes or 39.03% of the total votes.
Biliran province has total registered voters of 108,833 with only 88, 532 voters who actually voted or voters’ turn-out equivalent to 81.34%.
Voters in Biliran picked the administration’s presidential bet Mar Roxas in second place with 21,060 votes representing 26.76% of registered voters who actually voted in Biliran province.
UNA’s presidential bet Jojo Binay came in third with 14, 885 votes representing 18.91%; Grace Poe, an independent presidential candidate, landed fourth with 10,901 votes representing 13.85; and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, of the PRP came in fifth with 1,038 votes representing 1.31%.
Results in the vice-presidential race in Biliran province showed Bongbong Marcos leading with 34, 440 votes followed by Leni Robredo- 18,231 votes; Alan Peter Cayetano-8, 901 votes; Chiz Escudero-7,768 votes; Gringo Honasan-1,901 votes; and Antonio Trillanes- 1, 072 votes.
In the local scene, Congressman Rogelio J. Espina of the Lone District of Billiran and his younger brother Biliran Governor Gerardo J. Espina, Jr., who were both unopposed, garnered 54,844 votes and 52,518 votes, respectively.
For the mayoralty post in the eight towns in Biliran province, Naval, the capital town in the province of Biliran has a new mayor-elect in the person of Gerard Roger M. Espina, board member of the First District of Biliran province; Almeria town has a new mayor-elect in the person of Ricardo Jaguros; and also Cabucgayan town with Edwin Masbang as the new mayor-elect of the town.
The remaining mayors of the five towns in Biliran province retained their post as voters in Kawayan town re-elected Kawayan Mayor Rodolfo J. Espina, Sr.; Grace J. Casil was re-elected as mayor of Biliran town; Eulalio G. Maderazo was re-elected as mayor of Caibiran; and Maripipi Mayor Uldarico Macorol and Culaba Mayor Lorenzo Reveldez, Jr. retained their posts as both were unopposed.
The conduct of the election in Biliran province on May 9, 2016 was generally peaceful as there was no election-related incident reported by police authorities, although there were reported minor malfunction of some Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) but later became operational as they were immediately replaced, the Comelec provincial office reported. (FJ/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)