BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Several candidates managed to pull off upsets by defeating incumbent politicians during the May 9 elections in Negros Occidental.
Rep. Marilou Arroyo, sister-in-law of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, yesterday conceded to former Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Dino Yulo, who won in the 5th district congressional race.
Yulo, also a former board member of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, garnered 113,782 votes against the 73,322, of Arroyo in the partial and unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data on May 10.
In a statement, Arroyo said “I have been blessed as only a few people ever have, to represent the people of the 5th district.”
While she tried her very best to serve the people of the district, Arroyo said that the people have clearly spoken. Let us respect the will of the people, the solon said, as she congratulated Yulo and wished him all the best.
Yulo, who was proclaimed yesterday by the Provincial Board of Canvassers, thanked his supporters for their unwavering support to him.
During the campaign, he was reported to have visited 50 percent of the areas in the district, which he believes helped a lot in boosting his candidacy, as he was able to meet and listen to the concerns of people.
Yulo said his priority is to push for the restoration of Negros Island Region.
Incumbent Silay City Mayor Mark Golez, who is running for his third term as mayor of Silay City, lost to independent mayoralty candidate Joedith Gallego, whom he previously defeated in the 2019 mayoralty race.
Gallego was proclaimed yesterday the Silay City Board of Canvassers as the duly elected mayor of Silay City after garnering 37,643 votes against the 34,725 votes of Golez.
With 100 percent reporting as of May 10, unofficial partial results, based on real time data from the Comelec transparency server, Hinobaan Mayor Ernesto Estrao, who is running for vice mayor, garnered 12,907 votes, against Jeff Encoy, who got 14,970 votes.
Encoy was the vice mayor of Estrao during the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, unknown mayoralty candidate Benjie Miranda was able to pull off a major upset after he eked out a win against incumbent Mayor Pedro Zayco in the Kabankalan City.
Miranda garnered 36,889 votes compared to 36,611 of incumbent Mayor Pedro Zayco, based on the partial and unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data, as of May 10, with 100 percent of election returns.
With 19,645 votes, Negros Occidental Board Member Ernesto Agustin Bascon lost his bid to regain the Himamaylan City mayoralty seat after he was defeated by incumbent Mayor Raymund Tongson, who garnered 38,796 votes. Bascon thanked those who supported him the campaign.*