Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas said on Wednesday, May 15, that the real winners of last Monday’s midterm election are the Filipino people who expressed their will in a credible, free, and peaceful election.
“Tiniyak po natin na ang taong-bayan ang panalo at ang boses nila ang nangibabaw sa isang halalan na mapayapa, malinis at may kredibilidad,” Roxas said.
“Sa pamamagitan ng balota ay ating naiparinig ang boses ng mamamayan sa pamamagitan ng pagpili ng mga karapat dapat na kandidatong mamumuno sa pamahalaan,” he said.
“Naipakita po natin ang sigla ng ating demokrasya,” he added.
Roxas launched Task Force Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013 in November last year as part of the government’s early election preparations focusing on 15 “priority provinces” to reduce the level of violence and make voting peaceful, clean and orderly. The Philippine National Police called Monday’s polls “safer and less bloody” than elections held in 2010 and 2007.
Based on PNP figures culled during the four-month period from January 12, when the election period began, to May 13 this year, the cases of election-related violent incidents recorded nationwide reached 75, a figure significantly lower than those recorded for the same period in the 2007 (129 cases) and 2010 (146 cases) elections.
“Naidaos natin ng matiwasay at kapani-paniwala ang halalan. Matapos ang mahabang panahon na paghahanda ng DILG at PNP, nabigyan natin ng tunay na kapangyarihan ang tao sa pagboto at hindi ang kandidato o pulitiko,” Roxas said.
His statement came as partial official returns canvassed by the Comelec in an election seen as a referendum on President Aquino’s “daang matuwid” showed Team PNoy senatorial candidates winning nine of the 12 slots up for grabs.
The Liberal Party-led coalition also seized the lead in close to 60 per cent of 63 gubernatorial races, most significantly in several long-held opposition bailiwicks and vote-rich provinces.
The party’s gubernatorial candidates were running unopposed in the following provinces: Quirino (Junie Cua), Albay (Joey Salceda), Apayao (Elias Bulut Jr.), Oriental Mindoro (Alfonso Umali) Leyte (Dominico Petilla) and Compostela Valley (Arturo Uy).
Cebu, whose 2.5 million voters make up the largest voting population outside the National Capital Region, voted 10-2 for Team PNoy senatorial candidates and Hilario Davide III, the LP Bet for governor who continued to lead NUP’s John Pablo Garcia, whose family has ruled the capitol for a total of 18 years.
LP victories were expected in Bohol (Edgar Chatto), Siquijor (Jecoy Villa) and in all the provinces comprising the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), namely, Lanao del Sur (Mamintal Adiong Jr.) Basilan (Jum Akbar), Maguindanao (Esmael Mangudadatu), Sulu (Abdusakur Tan II), and Tawi-Tawi (Nurbert Sahali).
In Zamboanga del Norte, LP candidate Berto Uy is leading in the stronghold of the Jalosjos clan, and in Batangas, re-electionist Gov Vilma Santos-Recto is a virtual winner.
The other provinces where the LP bets are leading are: Abra and Kalinga in CAR; Quirino in Region 2; Nueva Ecija in Region 3; Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon in Region 4B; Camarines Norte and Albay in Region 5; Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Capiz in Region 6; Eastern Samar, Aklan, Biliran, and Leyte in Region 8; Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte in Region 11; North Cotabato in Region 12; and Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Agusan del Norte in CARAGA.