Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano beat 1st Dist. Rep. Rolando “Klarex” A. Uy, by the slimmest of margin shown above in the closest mayoralty race in the city in years. The final tally had Emano winning by 2,130 votes over Uy. Emano was proclaimed yesterday afternoon. He will succeed Constantino Jaraula who will retire from politics on June 30, 2010.

Emano’s running mate Caesar Ian Acenas won handily with 108,793 votes against City Councilor Zaldy Ocon who had 79,832. Ocon’s last minute defection to Nacionalista Party may have affected his chances but the majority opted to choose the Acenas who had a clean record.

As expected, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District also won a second term.

In the 1st District, former city councilor Jose Benjamin Benaldo won with 31,652 votes. He was closely followed by Joaquin Raineir Uy with 29,872 and Candy Lourdes Darimbang with 26,298.

Emano’s candidates for city council also ruled in the elections: Alden Bacal, Simeon Licayan, Adrian Barba, Dante Pajo, Emmanuel Abejuela, Alexander Dacer, President Elipe, Nadya Emano, Ian Mark Nacaya, Ramon Tabor, Annie Daba, Juan Sia, and Jose Abbu. The rest are Roger Abaday, Alvin Calingin and Edgardo Cabanlas.

According to City Election Officer Gina Luna Sabio, 213,057 people of the city’s 287,025 registered voters participated in the elections.

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