QUEZON PROVINCE TO HAVE 1ST WOMAN GOVERNOR

Congresswoman now Quezon governor Helen Tan

Sonny T. Mallari

LUCENA CITY — Quezon province will have its first woman governor after Congresswoman Helen Tan (NPC) clobbered Gov. Danilo Suarez (Lakas), who sought re-election at the May 9 elections.

The partial result from “Eleksyon 2022: The GMA News and Public Affairs Coverage” showed that Tan, a medical doctor, has 787,091 votes, while Suarez, a veteran politician, has 318,770 as of 12:32 p.m. Tuesday.

On her Facebook, Tan posted a triumphant message Tuesday morning: “Simula ng bagong pag-asa! Congratulations mga kalalawigan! Nanalo kayo!”

Tan’s running mate, former city councilor Anacleto Alcala III (NPC), also headed to victory with 663,132 votes over his nearest rival and Suarez tandem, Betty Nantes, who got 282,294 in the unofficial count.

Quezon has a voting population of 1,424,023.

Danilo’s wife, Aleta, also appeared to lose her re-election bid in the province’s third congressional district race to former Board Member Reynante Arogancia (NPC), Suarez former ally.

The partial result showed Arogancia, with 122,204 votes, while Aleta has only 76,094.

David Suarez, Danilo’s son, survived the clan’s election debacle, as he seems to deliver another blow to former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala in the congressional race in the second district.

David posted 207,836 votes, while Alcala registered 173,639. Proceso lost to David in 2019 election.

Helen’s son, Mike (NPC), looks to replace his mother’s seat in Congress. Mike, a lawyer, logged 166,591 votes, while his main rival, former board member Rhodora Tan (Lakas) listed 43,862.

Re-electionist Rep. Mark Enverga (NPC) from the 1st district looks to retain his post with 223,503 votes compared to his main rival Techie Dator (KBL), who received 32,150 votes.

The father-son tandem, Mayor Rhoderick Alcala and Mark, both PDP-Laban bets, are likewise headed to victory.

Mark, who is running to replace his father, listed 104,216 votes compared to his nearest contender, former board member Romano Talaga, who garnered 31,659 from the unofficial partial count.

Rhoderick, Proceso’s nephew and former city vice mayor, is headed back to his old post with 113,654 votes against his rival, former councilor Nilo Villapando (PRP), who got 37,474.

Lucena, the Quezon capital, has 183,412 voters.