COTABATO CITY: Re-electionist Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu was given a fresh mandate with a landslide victory in 33 out of 36 municipalities, and vowed to continue reforms he started in the province.
Provincial election supervisor, lawyer Muamar Guyo, led the proclamation after results of canvassing of votes had shown that Mangudadatu got 221,205 against his rival Kagui Ali Midtimbang, with 140,636.
Also proclaimed on Thursday were Mangudadatu’s running mate Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat and all of the eight elected provincial board members.
Mangudadatu said his victory is another mandate to resolve obstacles that continue to hinder the progress of their poor province, through his 8-point agenda which he started since 2010 when first elected as governor.
Maguindanao, which literarily means “the land of flooded plain”, is where both man-made and natural disasters are taking place that mainly contributed to the backwardness of the province. It was placed last year as the second poorest province in the country.
The province also became known because of the infamous Maguindanao massacre.
Meanwhile, Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani was reelected with his sister and former city administrator, lawyer Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi as vice mayor in a hotly contested race.
The mayor defeated former vice mayor Muslim Sema, chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Council of 15, for their second match.
Sema’s running mate Mohammad “Em” Pasigan lost to Guiani-Sayadi.