Cagayan Gov. Mamba re-elected, other winners officially proclaimed by Comelec

Published May 11, 2022, 10:19 PM

by Liezle Basa Iñigo

CAGAYAN – Governor Manuel Mamba has promised to continue achieving the goals of his administration’s Cagayan Development Agenda and good governance after he was reelected for a third term in this province.

Photo courtesy of the CPIO via Liezle Inigo

Mamba was officially proclaimed on Wednesday morning by the Commission on Elections through the Provincial Board of Canvassers headed by Lawyer Irving Calauad.

Also proclaimed were other local officials who got the most votes in the May 9 national and local elections.

Mamba got 302,025 votes in Cagayan while his rival Dr. Zara Pulsar-Lara got 278,562 votes based on the Comelec’s official count.

It will be Governor Mamba’s third term since he won the same position in 2016 and 2019.

Incumbent vice governor Melvin Vargas was also proclaimed to remain in office after getting the highest number of votes in the vice governorship with 197,611.

Vargas outscored his opponents in the position, incumbent Board Member AJ Ponce who got 187,191; Perla Tumaliuan who had 38,935 and Francisco “Franco” Mamba who also had 141, 761 votes.

Meanwhile, Rogie Sending, Cagayan Provincial Information Officer, has relayed Governor-elect Mamba’s message to all elected officials in the province.

“Nanawagan siya (Gov. Mamba) sa mga kapwa halal na opisyal lalo at halos status quo ulit ang komposisyon ng SP (Sangguniang Panlalawigan) at Vice Governor na to heed the call of the Cagayanos,” said Rogie Sending in a message also sent to Manila Bulletin. “Na kaya sila na iboto ulit para bigyan muli ng chance to go beyond self-interest.”

“To mend broken ties for the big dream of re-connecting Cagayan to international trade by re-opening the Port of Aparri and establishing the proposed international airport,” said Sending, quoting Gov. Mamba.

“He (Gov. Mamba) also thanked the Cagayanos na naniwala at tumindig sa kanyang Krusada Kontra Korapsyon lalo na vs vote-buying na matindi at napakatalamak pa rin,” the statement added.