In N.Samar Abayon defeats Daza
TACLOBAN CITY – Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza, one of the region’s veteran politicians, was defeated by his rival by a mere 52 votes.
Based on official canvass of the provincial board of canvassers, Abayon garnered 72,857 votes while Daza had 72,805 votes.
Abayon, a long-time rival of the defeated Daza, was proclaimed last Friday at around 6 a.m.
The poll victory of Abayon (National Unity Party) served as his political comeback in the province after he served as congressman of the first district for a three- term or from 1998 up to 2007.
He ran in 2010 as governor of the province but was defeated by outgoing governor Paul Daza, son of the elder Daza. This is a sweet revenge of Abayon, a former close ally of the Dazas.
The young Daza was defeated on his reelection bid by Jun Ong, a political ally of Abayon.
Abayon also served as an officer-in-charge governor of the province 1986-1988 and won for another three term as governor from 1988 up to 1998.
He also served as mayor of San Antonio town, Northern Samar from 1982-1986.
Daza, considered to be the political kingpin of the province, served as governor from 2001 up to 2010.
In 2010, he ran for congressman with his son, Paul, taking the provincial seat he vacated on that year.
President Aquino personally campaigned for the Dazas with the defeated congressman a one-time president of the Liberal Party. (VICKY C.ARNAIZ)
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