Despite the suspension for alleged abuse of authority and his alleged links to illegal drugs operation in Catanduanes, Governor Joseph Cua of the United Nationalist Allliance (UNA) still got the highest number of votes edging out his closest rival, Congressman Cesar Sarmiento of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Cua generated 85.053 votes while Sarmiento only scored 59,507.
Independent candidate Fernando Chavez, meanwhile, got only 1,205 votes while media personality Marlon Suplig got 1,184.
In the vice gubernatorial race, Shirley Abundo of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas crushed her opponents running away with 103,947 votes. Her fellow contenders, Roderick Tapel of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and independent candidate Emmanuel Rodulfo only generated 10,987 and 7,014 votes, respectively.
The results are based on the partial unofficial results comprising 99.44% of the election returns submitted to the Commission on Elections.