NAVAL, Biliran – For more than two decades after its conversion in 1992 as a province, Biliran remain to be ruled by a political clan – the Bando-Espina, in which in the latest May 9 National and Local Elections the ally continue dominating top most posts.
Cong. Rogelio Espina – titular head of the ally in lieu of the late legislator Gerardo Espina, Sr., still re-elected as lone district representative of Biliran being unopposed this year with 54,844 votes.
Also, Gov. Gerardo Espina,Jr. who is the youngest brother of the congressman got a chance again to serve the province after being re-elected and run unopposed, accumulating 52,518 votes.
Outgoing board member and son of congressman, Gerard Espina, on the other hand secured local post being Naval town’s mayor after a landslide victory of 14,939 votes against Aim Limpiado, with 6,021 votes. The town will be back again and ruled by the Espina after a decade.
Congressman twin brother and re-electionist Mayor Rudy Espina will remain to serve the town of Kawayan after 6,635 votes win against Jun Durango with only 2,186 votes.
For the vice governor post, re-electionist Engr. Eriberto Tubis retain the seat after a victory of 38,574 votes against Engr. Dindin Morillo with 23,327 votes. Vice Governor Tubis is also an ally of Bando Espina.
Meanwhile, posts for Sanguniang Panlalawigan or Board Members both 1st and 2nd districts secured majority by the allies of Bando-Espina.
Among the eight towns in the province, six municipalities are still under the administration of Bando-Espina’s allies. Only two towns, Almeria and Cabucgayan, were the party’s mayoralty candidates lose the seat – BiliranIsland.com