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Political rivals Catamco, Taliño-Mendoza to lead Cotabato

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OUTGOING Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza will be vice-governor — COTABATO OFFICIAL FB PAGE

COTABATO 2nd District Rep. Nancy A. Catamco won her bid as provincial governor, beating four others, including her number one opponent, Rogelio T. Taliño, the incumbent mayor of Carmen town. On the other hand, Mr. Taliño’s eldest daughter, outgoing Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, won as vice-governor. The camps of Ms. Catamco of the ruling party PDP-Laban and the Taliños under the Nacionalista Party (NP) were engaged in a fierce campaign with allegations of vote-buying and other anomalies. Ms. Catamco was proclaimed on Thursday morning with 272,249 votes against Mr. Taliño’s 268,718, along with her party-mate Krista Piñol-Solis, daughter of former governor and now Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, as provincial board member for the 2nd District. Also proclaimed were the three congressional representatives for the province: Joel Sacdalan (PDP-Laban), incumbent Makilala Mayor Rudy S. Caoagdan (NP), and reelectionist Jose “Pingping” I. Tejada (NP).

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