Samar’s verdict: 6 GO, 4 TU, 2
independent for senators
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
May 25, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar – If the
senatorial votes will only be taken from
Samar province with some 412,653 voters, it would have been 6 GO, 4 TU and 2
The data obtained from COMELEC
provincial office speaks. GO Loren Legarda topped it all with 126,103 votes,
followed by another GO Chiz Escudero of 118,901 votes, third comes Ping Lacson
who obtained 103,135 votes.
The first break for Team Unity
comes for some 92,300 votes for TU Cesar Montano placing in as 4th, followed
again by another TU Ed Angara with 89,272 votes.
Placing 6th is coming again
from GO with Gringgo Honasan for some 89,193 votes.
Seventh place is back to TU
with Prospero Pichay who got some 88,053 votes and 8th place is TU Ralph Recto
garnering 84,774 votes.
GO Kiko Pangilinan followed in
as number 9 as he got 80,805 votes while another GO bet Allan Cayetano got the
10th place with some 78,224 votes from Samar.
Two TU bets occupied the 11th
and 12th slots Joker Arroyo and Mike Defensor with 76,613 and 76,305 votes
Political observers though
noted that Legarda’s votes only consisted 31% of Samar’s 412,653 votes. Not the
majority, they noted. COMELEC also earlier reported that only 70% of Samar
voters went out to vote on Election Day.
In an earlier informal survey
done by the Samar PIA, at least 15% of those asked said they do not vote for
senators for they believe that they “do not” help the Samarnons. This remained
unconfirmed though in the real elections.
Team Unity came in April 11,
2007 to woo Samarenos and juggled between the two mammoth rallies staged by both
Gov. Mila Tan in the
Park and Congressman Cata Figueroa in his Extension office in Brgy. Mercedes,
Catbalogan, Samar. Both politicians have endorsed Team Unity senatorial ticket.
On the other hand, GO did not
really face the Samareños as a group but came individually like Aquino,
Pangilinan and Escudero.