THE three top spots of the Baguio local government have been kept by the incumbents as the May 9 election concluded this week.
Incumbent Baguio Congressman Mark Go retained the representative seat with 99,372 votes.
Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong meanwhile kept the mayoral seat with 70,342 votes in total, beating out competition from former mayor Mauricio Domogan seeking a return to office.
Baguio Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan also kept the seat, garnering 65,897 votes.
In Benguet at large, Benguet caretaker Eric Yap kept the congressional representative seat, as well as Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, receiving another term.
For Baguio councilors, Arthur Allad-Iw, Benny Bomogao, Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Isabelo Cosalan Jr.,Mylen Yaranon, Fred Bagbagen, and Vladimiry Cayabas successfully kept their seats in the council.
Joining the council are Jose Molintas, Leandro Yangot, Elmer Datuin, Peter Fianza, and Leah Fariñas.
The Iglesia ni Cristo in Baguio issued to its parishioners its list of who to vote and most of those who made it came from the list.
Magalong has vowed to fulfill his promise to deliver good and tinge-free governance in his second term as the city’s chief executive.
“Hinding-hindi namin kayong bibiguin sa mga susunod na araw ng isang tamang pamamahala na walang bahid-dungis,” the mayor said on May 10, the day of his official proclamation.
He said his core principle of “Good Governance Beyond Politics” will be carried out in partnership with the different sectors.
What is important for now is to harness everyone’s shared responsibility to do what is right, to make things work, and to do these the right way. The goal is clear: what we can accomplish becomes a legacy worthy for the next generation to build on. – with reports from Aileen P. Refuerzo