CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Presumed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. sent Filipino boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao to the canvas in Mindanao, where the Mindanaoan bet could not find his legs during the May 9 race for the presidency.

Pacquiao’s willpower and prayers could only put him in second place in 12 of 33 cities and 14 of 27 provinces on the country’s second-largest island, the partial, unofficial server-based tally showed. Transparency of the Electoral Commission (Comelec) at 3:6 p.m. on Friday May 13.

Yet the senator finished second in those areas, beating only Vice President Leni Robredo in most parts of Mindanao where he became Marcos’ biggest rival.

Pacquiao, however, scored big in Sarangani, the province where he lives, securing twice as many votes as those garnered by the late dictator’s son.

Pacquiao gave Marcos Jr. a hard time in Sarangani with 160,476 of Ilocano’s 78,230 bet.

Robredo was defeated black on white in his native province of Pacquiao, obtaining only 13,483 or 8.4% of the votes cast in favor of the senator.

Sarangani turned out to be the country of Pacquiao. The senator’s brother, vice president and Sarangani representative Rogelio Pacquiao won the governorship by a landslide, garnering 163,575 votes to 51,445 for his most powerful rival Mohamad “Bong” Aquia.

Vice Governor Elmer of Peralta, Vice Governor Elmer of Peralta, won with a landslide victory over fellow Aquia Aksyon Demokratiko bet Eleanor Saguiguit.

The senator’s sister-in-law, Lorelie Pacquiao, also won the race for mayor of General Santos City, the shopping and commercial center of the Soccsksargen region, with 104,244 votes to Shirlyn Banas’s 85,869.

Lorelie is the wife of Senator Pacquiao’s younger brother, Alberto or Bobby, a former professional boxer who became the representative of the OFW Family Club.

It was a bittersweet victory for Lorelei and the Pacquiao clan in General Santos City, where Marcos Jr. left the senator behind by 71,352 votes.

Marcos led General Santos with 152,703 votes to Sen. Pacquiao’s 81,351 and Robredo’s 27,344.

Pacquiao was also ranked second in South Cotabato, another province in the Soccsksargen region, collecting 79,636 to Robredo’s 67,139. Even if added, Pacquiao and Robredo’s votes would not be enough to change Marcos’ ranking at South Cotabato, which gave him 373,846 votes.

Elsewhere in the Soccsksargen area, Pacquiao was a poor third behind Marcos, next to Robredo.

Robredo was far behind Marcos in the cities of Kidapawan, Koronadal and Tacurong, and the provinces of Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, where the late dictator’s son easily won a total of 881,461 votes out of Robredo’s 182,012.

Other cities in Mindanao where Pacquiao ranked far behind Marcos with their corresponding vote count:

  • Digos (73,934 / 10,320)
  • Mati (63,249 / 8,757)
  • Samal (60,709 / 4,124)
  • Pagadian City (83,541 / 13,391)
  • El Salvador (26,710 / 4,682)
  • Gingoog (46,026 / 16,586)
  • Oroquieta (29,839 / 5,673)
  • Tangub (26,223 / 3,921)
  • Valencia (80,715 / 12,021)
  • Bislig (42,067 / 6,888)
  • Cabadbaran (38,459 / 2,785)

Provinces in other regions of Mindanao where Pacquiao placed second with their corresponding vote counts:

  • Davao de Oro (343,929 / 41,861
  • Davao del Sur (290,669 / 36,802
  • West Davao (102,265 / 30,363)
  • Davao Oriental (233,313 / 49,017)
  • North Zamboanga (273,177 / 134,291)
  • South Zamboanga (353,993 / 99,386)
  • Zamboanga Sibugay (168,271 / 85,414)
  • Boukidnon (507,556 / 129,784)
  • Western Misamis (254,066 / 46,153)
  • Misamis Oriental (386,706 / 76,766)
  • North Agusan (166,592 / 26,180)
  • Surigao del Sur (249,177 / 58,632)

Marcos Jr. dominated presidential elections in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), except in Marawi city and Lanao del Sur province, where Maranao presidential bet Faisal Mangondato won.

Marcos finished third at Marawi City, next to Robredo, and second behind Mangondato at Lanao del Sur. –


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