Major upsets in Pangasinan as Espinos seen losing in local polls
DAGUPAN CITY – Old and new faces are seen leading in the local elections in Pangasinan, with some major upsets in the provincial and congressional contests as shown by partial unofficial counts.
For the gubernatorial seat, Fifth District Representative Ramon Guico III seemed to be on his way to the Urduja House, the official residence of the governor, with the initial votes showing he was leading by more than 150,000 votes over incumbent Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III. It was Espino’s first political defeat.
In 2019, Guico won over Espino’s father, Amado Espino Jr., in the congressional race.
Another Espino—Second District Representative Jumel—is seen losing to former Fifth District Representative Mark Cojuangco, who transferred residence to the capital town of Lingayen a year before the election.
Cojuangco lost to Espino III in the gubernatorial race in 2016.
For the vice gubernatorial contest, incumbent Mark Lambino is winning against Provincial Board Member Nikiboy Reyes.
The other winning candidates for the congressional seats are former First District Representative Arthur Celeste (first district), former third district Representative Rachel Arenas (third district) incumbent fourth district Representative Christopher de Venecia, Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico Jr. (fifth district) and former Fifth District Representative Marlyn Primicias Agabas (sixth district). INQ