10th Cotabato dad proclaimed after special elections PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:40

Poll officials proclaimed Saturday night the tenth member of the Cotabato City council after a special election in a remote barangay in the area where polling failed last May 13.

Bruce Matabalao, who belongs to the Liberal Party, defeated closest rival, Perry Palacala, who ranked eleventh in the partial tally of votes for the ten slots in the city council.

Palacala, an incumbent barangay chairman, ran under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance.

Poll personnel administered the electoral exercise in Barangay Tamontaka 4 in Cotabato City only last Saturday, after poll materials, including ballots intended for May 13 elections in the area, were erroneously shipped to Datu Paglas town in the second district of Maguindanao.

The city board of canvassers earlier proclaimed re-electionist Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr., and his running mate, Hadji Abdullah Andang, as elected mayor and vice mayor, respectively, along with the nine candidates for the city council, whose rankings have not been affected by the failure of elections in Barangay Tamontaka 4.

Matabalao, who was involved in different peace-building projects by different non-government organizations prior to his election, is a practicing broadcast journalist.

Matabalao said he is grateful to voters that voted for him and to Cotabato City Vice-Mayor Muslimin Sema and his spouse, Maguindanao First District Rep. Sandra Sema, for supporting his candidacy for city councilor.

“But above all, I’m thanking Allah for this gift. It was Allah that gave me the chance to serve the people of Cotabato City as a member of the city council,” Matabalao told reporters.