LUCENA CITY?QUEZON Gov. Rafael Nantes (LP) tasted his first electoral loss in his 12 years in politics in the hands of a candidate that he defeated in 2007.
On Thursday, the provincial board of canvassers proclaimed David Suarez (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), as winner in the gubernatorial race.
Suarez received 397,858 votes, while Nantes got 333,292 or a margin of 64,566 votes.
Quezon has 1,024,289 registered voters.
Applause filled the canvassing area where Suarez?s victory was announced. An endorsement by the influential Iglesia ni Cristo apparently didn?t help Nantes any.
?The people of Quezon province want change,? said Suarez.
Suarez?s running mate, Board Member Vicente Alcala, also won over incumbent Vice Gov. Carlos Portes.
Suarez, son of reelected Rep. Danilo Suarez from the Bondoc Peninsula area, attributed Nantes? defeat to his unfulfilled promises, misadministration, wasteful spending and misappropriation of limited government funds.
Two LP stalwarts in the province?Representatives Erin Tañada and Proceso Alcala?withdrew support from Nantes weeks before the elections.
They helped Nantes win in 2007, but the outgoing governor won then by only 14,000 votes.
Sonny Pulgar, Nantes? lawyer and LP counsel in the province, accused the Suarez camp of vote-buying.
Suarez laughed off Pulgar?s accusations. ?It?s not our practice,? Suarez said. Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon