COCOFED tops party-list vote
in Southern Leyte
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
May 25, 2007
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte – The federation
of coconut farmers, more popularly known by the acronym COCOFED, emerged the
popular choice of Southern Leyteños in voting for party-list groups during the
synchronized elections last May 14.
COCOFED got 16,878 of the
votes cast, while another party-list group, “A Teacher” was a far second, with
exactly 7,000 votes, according to an official, final list taken from the
provincial office of the Commission on elections (Comelec).
A nationwide group of
cooperatives, COOP-NATCO, came in third with 6,967 votes, and “An Waray” was
fourth with 5,720 votes.
The rest of the selected top
ten party-list groups in the province, and their corresponding number of votes
garnered, were as follows: ARC - 4,974; ANAD - 4,651; DIWA - 3,099; ABA-AKO -
2,561; APEC - 2,078; and BUHAY - 1,801.
Should the COCOFED group make
it at the national tally, the possibility that Southern Leyte may have two
Representatives in Congress can be realized.
It was learned that former
Libagon Mayor Domingo Espina was the number one nominee as Party-List
Representative for COCOFED, although in essence his coverage would be nationwide
in scope and not limited to a particular legislative district, like re-elected
Lone District Representative Roger Mercado.