Catanduanes was once a part of Albay. On October 26, 1945, it was emancipated from Albay and was declared an island-province by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 687.
Based on records, gubernatorial elections for Catanduanes started in 1948. According to Prof. Alex De Guzman, when the island was still in transition to becoming a full-pledge province, it was headed by Lt. Governor Felipe Olesco Usero. The complete list of governors of Catanduanes from 1948 to present is as follows:
Continue reading “Past governors of Bicol — Catanduanes”
Catanduanes is full of surprises. For the second time in the post-Marcos elections, its voting behavior deviated from the Bicol mainland. The Catanduanons voted for Erap while almost all of Bicol delivered for Noynoy Aquino.
In the Congressional race, Catanduanes also elected a dark horse, Cesar Sarmiento. The early expectations were a fight between Leandro Verceles Jr., and Araceli wong. Below is the complete results as of May 16.
|SARMIENTO, Cesar V.
|WONG, Araceli B.
|VERCELES, Leandro Jr. B.
||LAKAS KABALIKAT NG MALAYANG PILIPINO CHRISTIAN MUSLIM DEMOCRATS
|SANCHEZ, Manuel Luis S.
The Bicolano vote generally is an opposition vote when it comes to the national elections and an administration vote in the local elections. This is what I found out when I did my paper, “Post-Marcos Elections and The Changing Mentality Behind the Bicolano Vote”. But with the sinking of the Palaka or Partido Lakas-KAMPI and the subsequent hopping of major players to Partido Nacionalista and Partido Liberal, is Bicol now on a stage of realignment?
Continue reading “Is political realignment for real in Bicol?”
Unlike the Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes did not benefit from the congressional district boom. As of 2007 census kaya, 232,757 lang an populasyon kan island-province.
For 2010 elections, there are four congressional candidates in Catanduanes and these are the following:
- SANCHEZ , MANUEL LUIS SANTELICES — Independent
- SARMIENTO, CESAR VERGARA — LP
- VERCELES, LEANDRO JR . BUENCONSEJO — Lakas-KAMPI CMD
- WONG, ARACELI BERNARDINO — NP
There are reports that it’s a take for Verceles but if the 2007 election results will be the basis, Wong will give him a hard time before winning the congressional race. The Verceleses’ political base is already on the decline though the clan can still rely on a solid base of 33,000. Above the figure is market votes. This means that in 2007, Leandro Jr. was only able to generate 13,700 market votes.
Leandro Jr.’s performance in generating the market votes is a bit inferior to Wong’s ability to court the undecided, swing and market voters. About 60% of Wong’s voters are non-hard core supporters which means that if she add extra effort, there is a likelihood that she’ll win the congressional race.
In 2007 congressional elections, Wong generated 45,690 votes while Verceles got 46,796 votes in gubernatorial elections. The voting population for the congressional and gubernatorial elections are the same considering that Catanduanes only has a lone congressional district.