LP sweeps Sulu, Tawi-Tawi polls

Jolo, Sulu - Members of the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBC) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed shortly before midnight on Thursday, re-elected and newly elected regional and provincial officials of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali said all Liberal Party candidates won in his province, from governor, vice governor to members of the regional legislative assembly.

"We only lost the mayoralty post in Languyan. All the rest we won by a landslide margin," Sahali said.

Nurbert Sahali, mayor of Panglima Sugala (Tawi-Tawi) and son of Governor Sahali is now the elected governor of Tawi-Tawi.

His father Governor Sahali, the political kingpin of the province, is now serving his last term as governor of the Tawi-Tawi.

Nurbert posted a wide margin of 47,906 votes against his closest rivals Rashidin Matba (UNA), a former governor of the province, and incumbent Rep. Nur Jaafar.

Sahali's eldest daughter, incumbent vice governor Ruby Sahali, garnered 54,603 votes and was proclaimed congressional representative of Tawi-Tawi.

Ruby's closest rival Anuar Abubakar (NPC) got 14,040 votes, Pochong Abubakar (UNA), 12,544.

Nurbert's running mate Tati Ahaja (LP) got 39, 236 votes, his opponents Allan Ahaja (NPC) got 23,999 votes, Jilkasi Usman (UNA), 12,693 votes and Richard Reyes (IND).

In Sulu, Abdusakur A. Tan II, son of incumbent Sulu Governor Abdusakur M. Tan, was proclaimed governor-elect of the province of Sulu around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday. The older Tan was proclaimed vice governor elect.

PBC said the father and son tandem has already surpassed the 144,000 votes threshold needed out of the 249,289 registered voters in the province, prompting Comelec to proclaimed them with 30 percent of the votes still to be counted.

Governor-elect Abdusakur A. Tan II expressed his sincere gratitude to the trust and confidence given to him by the Suluanos.

The father and son tandem defeated gubernatorial aspirants Banguingui Mayor Abdulwahid Sahidulla and Masihul Kadra and Muammar Tulawie for Vice-governor.

Also given a second mandate is incumbent Representative of the 1st district of Sulu, Habib Tupay Loong, who won against Tarhata Misuari and former assemblyman Alvarez Isnaji.

Maryam Arbison, wife of former second district congressman Munir Arbison clinched the Second district congressional seat, defeating incumbent second district Representative Nur-Ana Sahidulla.

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