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PPCRV: Vote buying an ‘epidemic’ in Oro

By LITO RULONA Correspondent . “EPIDEMIC.” This was how the head of the Parish Pastoral for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) here described the extent of the vote buying problem that marred Monday’s elections in the city. The problem, according to PPCRV’s Roberto Villaluz, is that nearly all the political groups that ...

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Kaka Bag-ao ends Ecleo family’s rule in Dinagat

THE reign of the Ecleo political dynasty in Dinagat Islands is over. Two-term congresswoman and human rights lawyer Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao is the new governor of the 12-year-old province, ending a succession of four terms held by the Ecleos who had long ruled Dinagat before it was carved out of ...

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Pompee keeps mum: And then there was silence

By SHIELA MAE BUTLIG Correspondent with DAVE ACHONDO Staff member . AND then there was silence. Losing mayoral candidate Jose Gabriel La Viña has kept mum after Monday’s elections. All of a sudden, there was relative peace and tranquility in cyberspace, specifically in many of the pages about Cagayan de ...

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Duterte agrees to grace Oro officials’ oathtaking, says Balaba

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent . PRESIDENT Duterte has agreed to grace the oathtaking of Cagayan de Oro’s new set of officials led by Mayor Oscar Moreno, Councilor-elect Joyleen Mercedes “Girlie” Balaba claimed Wednesday. The former Davao-based TV personality, who is widely perceived to be close to Duterte, said the President ...

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Comelec proclaims Oca, other winners

By NITZ ARANCON,Correspondent with FROILAN GALLARDO,Special Correspondent THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Mayor Oscar Moreno and other winners in Monday’s elections here last night. Mayor Oscar Moreno, who received 157,815 votes from over 300 election precincts, was proclaimed past 8 pm at the session hall of the city council. ...

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Guingona political dynasty crumbles in Gingoog

By Edwin Iyo,Correspondent GINGOOG City — The Guingona family lost their political control in this Misamis Oriental component city. On Tuesday night, the city board of canvassers proclaimed former vice mayor Erick Cañosa as the new mayor of this city. Cañosa’s running mate, 1st District Rep. Peter Unabia, was also ...

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Suspects in Lanao blast turn out to be MILF men

MARAWI City — The suspects in Monday’s failed bombing attempt in Marantao, Lanao del Sur have admitted being members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). According to Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said two of the suspects were members of the 102nd Base Command ...

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Regencia, Vera Cruz, Siao get to keep posts in Iligan

By NORA SORIÑOGSD-Iligan bureau chief ILIGAN City–Mayor Celso Regencia, Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz and Rep. Frederick Siao have been reelected. They were proclaimed winners by the city board of canvassers at the session hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Tuesday afternoon. Also proclaimed winners in the race for city council ...

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Bambi wins big but loses key positions

By LITO RULONA with SHIELA MAE BUTLIG Correspondents . MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano emerged dominant in his bid for a third and last office term but he and his family’s political grip in the province and the city weakened, results of Monday’s elections show. As of yesterday morning, ...

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