Like in his previous victories in 2013 and 2016, Governor Roel Degamo secured another term by defeating his rival, an ardent ally of 1st District Cong. Jocelyn Limkaichong, in a landslide but he will have to deal with a legislature dominated by members identified with the local opposition.
After the final count, Degamo trounced 1st District Board Member Jessica Villanueva with 425, 405 votes against the latter who was able to muster just 122, 881 votes.
However, Degamo still found it difficult to translate his popularity and devotion of his supporters into votes for his preferred candidates for the Provincial Board (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) as only three out of 10 allies won their races.
These are Jake Reyes of the 1st District, Jose Petit Baldado of the 2nd district and Kit Marc Adanza in the 3rd District. Dumaguete City Councilor Estanislao Alviola is the only other candidate who won as an independent, thus not identified with the opposition or administration.
In the 1st district, a bailiwick of Cong. Limkaichong, only incumbent Board Member Jake Reyes, a nominal ally of Degamo won while his two other candidates were defeated by the solon’s allies namely Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap and Jimalalud Councilor Chester Lim.
Its 2 out of four in the 2nd district for Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria after both Erwin Macias and Mariant Escano Villegas ranked 2nd with 80, 554 votes and 4th with 72, 305, respectively, while Degamo ally for Governor Baldado garnered the highest number of votes at 81, 706 while Alviola ranked 3rd with 77, 995 votes. Incumbents Rommel Erames, Nilo Sayson and Arturo Umbac lost.
Only re-electionist Kit Marc Adanza won from the slate of Degamo in the 3rd district. Adanza was ranked 3rd with 57, 443 while Jack Raymond was ranked 1st with 92, 092 votes along with Popoy Renacia, ranked 2nd with 67, 248.
With these results, Degamo’s allies are outnumbered in the Provincial Board led by Vice-Governor Mark Macias, who is also identified with the camp of Cong. Limkaichong and gubernatorial bet Villanueva.