Controversial N.Cot. Governor involved in ' Violent Dispersal of Farmers' Won the Election

Davao City - The 2016 Philippine National Election has finally been concluded. After the Election Day, voters were thrilled to know if the candidates they voted for made it. One of the many controversial candidates was the governor of North Cotabato, Governor Emmylou "Lala" Talino-Mendoza.

She was associated in the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan, North Cotabato where two got killed and many got wounded. According to the partial, unofficial tally of nationwide votes from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsive Voting (PPRCV) as of 9:43 a.m., Tuesday, 10 May 2016, she is leading in the North Cotabato gubernatorial race.

2015 Gov. Lala Taliño-Mendoza file photo
Re-electionist North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza from the Liberal Party got 315,264 votes, while his opponent LitoMonreal got 56,379 votes.
Before the election, Lala was indicted by the Ombudsman for graft over an anomalous procurement of fuel purchased from a gas station owned by her mother, Noemi J. Taliño.
In a statement released on Fri, Apr 8, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said she "found probable cause to charge Mendoza for three counts of graft or violations of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act."
The report noted: "The Ombudsman said Mendoza authorized the release of PHP2.4 million from the provincial funds to pay for 49,526.72 liters of fuel used for one road grader and four dump trucks utilized during the two-day road rehabilitation projects. But no public bidding was conducted, and instead the provincial government directly contracted for fuel with the gas station owned by Mendoza’s mother."

Here is a list of candidates who are currently leading in the gubernatorial race in their respective provinces:
  1. Bichara, Al Francis (Nacionalista Party): 400,627
  2. Hernandez, Jim (Independent): 15,665
  1. Sy-Alvarado, Wilhelmino (Liberal Party): 653,581
  2. Dela Cruz, Josie (Nationalist People’s Coalition): 377,392
  1. Remulla, Boying (UNA): 1,064,734
  2. Borral, Obet (Independent): 26,187
Misamis Oriental:
  1. Emano, Bambi (Padayn): 241,900
  2. Uy, Julio (NUP): 173,993
Pampanga (uncontested):
  1. Pineda, Nanay Baby (KMBLN): 719,419
  1. Ynares, Nini (Nationalist People’s Coalition): 745,460
  2. Salonga, Steve (Independent): 81,734
  1. Yap, Susan (NPC): 345,191
  2. Manalang, Ace (PMP): 193,810

Contributor : R.Corpuz