By Macon Araneta
The three eldest Duterte siblings are poised to win in the May 13 elections.
Sara Duterte-Carpio is anticipating a landslide victory over her closest rival. Her running mate and younger brother Sebastian, also known as “Baste” was unopposed.
Sara, who sought her third and last term of office, obtained a whopping 511,393 votes over the 3,853 votes registered by independent candidate Jun Marcellones based on the partial, unofficial results from the Comelec as of 8:30 Monday night.
As of 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, the partial, unofficial results showed that Sara amassed 567,777 votes based on 97.89 percent of Election Returns. Marcellones received 4,176 votes.
Baste, who promised to do a good job, got 545,807 votes.
For the city’s first district, Paolo “Pulong” Duterte got 190,155 votes as against Rex Labis’ 2,064 votes and Susan Uyanguren’s 4,950 votes — all based on the partial, unofficial results from the Comelec Monday night. As of 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, he acquired 195,074 votes.
Uyanguren and Labis have 5,081 votes and 2,112 votes, respectively.
It would be the first in Congress for Pulong who had earlier quit his vice-mayoralty post in December 2017 after he was implicated in the Senate investigation on illegal drugs.
It would be the first time in politics for Baste who was earlier more inclined to do commercials for various products than enter politics.
There were 220, 693 who actually voted from the 389,33 registered voters.
Sara, Baste and Pulong are the President’s children with his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman. He has another child, Veronica “Kitty” with his common-law wife Honeylet Avancena.
With the three Duterte children emerging victorious in the mid-term elections and their father president, Davao City remains the “stronghold” of the Dutertes.
While the President said he does not want political dynasties, he said they were forced into it because the people asked for it.
“Go to Davao City, you conduct a survey. Go to the people, ask the people,” said Duterte.
He said when a politician is able to deliver, it will result in a dynasty because “that’s what people ask for.”
Duterte’s father Vicente was governor of the then-unified province of Davao.
The President first entered Davao City politics when he was appointed officer-in-charge of the vice-mayor’s post by then President Corazon Aquino after the 1986 People Power Revolution. He was the city’s mayor for more than two decades before he served as congressman for three years.
When he assumed the presidency in 2016, his daughter Sara took over as the city mayor.
Meanwhile, its 12-0 in the senatorial race in Davao City with 12 out of the 13 candidates for senators endorsed by Hukpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) entering the winning circle based on the initial tally of votes as of Monday night.
The result came from 999 clustered precincts out of the 1139 precincts in the bailiwick of President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who was the regional party’s campaign manager.
The President’s former aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, a native of Davao, is leading the senatorial race in the city. Former Bureau of Corrections and PNP Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is second.
Dela Rosa also served as Davao City police chief under the administration of Sara.
On the third and fourth spots are Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, a returning senator, and re-electionist Sen. Cynthia Villar.
Villar, a member of the Nacionalista Party, tightened her grip as frontrunner in the senatorial race since the counting began Monday night.
On the fifth spot is former presidential consultant and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
The other members of the HNP senatorial slate who made it are re-electionist Sen. Sonny Angara, No. 6, outgoing Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, No. 7; re-electionists Senators JV Ejercito, No. 8; Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, No. 9; outgoing Maguindanao Rep. Dong Mangungundatu, No. 10; returning Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada.
Except for Revilla and Estrada, the President also campaigned for these candidates along with singer-composer Freddie Aguilar and former Interior and Local Government Sec. Rafael Alunan.