Suarez, Nantes lead Quezon province’s partial poll resultsBy Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Inquirer Southern Luzon
LUCENA CITY—Quezon Gov. David Suarez (NUP) is headed for re-election as he posted a comfortable lead over his rival, Irvin Alcala (LP).
Based on the official partial election tally from the Comelec, Suarez received 174,000 votes compared to Alcala’s 155,000 shortly past Monday midnight.
The Comelec figures were based from the results representing 40.89 percent of the Quezon Election Returns or 743 of 1817 Election Returns.
Suarez father, House Minority leader Danilo Suarez, described his son’s margin to his rival as a “comfortable lead”.
Alcala is the son of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. President Benigno Aquino III twice visited Quezon to personally campaign for Irvin.
However, Suarez running mate, Romano Talaga (UNA), is lagging behind Sam Nantes (LP), Alcala’s partner, in the vice gubernatorial race.
Nantes posted 167,000 votes compared to Talaga’s 130,000.
Quezon voting population is around 1.1 million.
Based on the Comelec partial election figures, the biggest casualty in Quezon election is the Talaga political clan.
Aside from Romano, the clan patriarch, Ramon Talaga Jr., is headed to suffer a humiliating defeat on his return bid as Lucena mayor from his wedding godson, incumbent Lucena City Mayor Rhoderick Alcala.
Based from Comelec tally from 36 of 138 election returns, Alcala garnered 13,000 compared to Talaga’s 9,000.
Talaga’s youngest son, Councilor Ramil Talaga, was also trailing behind his rival for the city’s vice mayoralty race, Philip Castillo, who is Alcala’s running mate.
Castillo posted 12,000 compared to Ramil’s 10,000.