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COCOFED tops party-list vote in Southern Leyte

By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern Leyte)
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.