Incumbent councilor Faustino Olowan was elected vice mayor.
Incumbent Congressman Marquez Go was also elected to serve his second term as the city’s representative in Congress.
For the 12 City Council seats, except for new comer Vladimir Cayabas, all are re- electionists or comebacking councilors. They are Joel Alangsab, Benny Bomogao, Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Elaine Sembrano, Mylen Yaranon, Isabelo Cosalan Jr., Pacoy Ortega, Arthur Allad – iw, Fred Bagbagen, Lilia Fariñas and Philian Weygan.
Go, Magalong and Olowan were proclaimed winners by the City board of canvassers shortly before midnight of election day while the winning councilors were proclaimed morning of May 14.
Comelec records show there were 113,247 registered voters who cast their votes in the 230 designated clustered precincts in Baguio.
Magalong, in expressing his gratitude to the thrust given to him by the Baguio people, assured transparency, accountability and integrity in his governance system.
His 41,207 votes won by over 20,000 to second placer, incumbent vice mayor Edison Bilog, in the nine – man mayoralty race.
Magalong, who graduated magna cum laude from the Philippine Military Academy, retired from the Philippine National Police after 38 years of dedicated service. Then the PNP Crime Investigation and Detection Group chief, he is best well known for his chairmanship of the PNP Board of Inquiry in the Mamasapano incident where at least 60 people including 44 members of the police Special Action Force died in a clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other armed groups in Maguindanao in January 2015. The Board came up with a full and fair report of said incident.
Olowan, meanwhile, assured that he will push for participatory governance especially in crafting local legislations with the members of the city council.
In thanking the electorate, Go vowed to continue the legislations that he has started in Congress and to advocate for more laws for the betterment of Baguio City.
Go won over four opponents including outgoing Mayor Mauricio Domogan whose political career spans over three decades.
The midterm elections in Baguio City was peaceful and orderly. Though there were concerns encountered on some vote counting machines, solutions were immediately provided.
As to the two alleged vote buying incidents, Baguio City Police Director Col. Allen Rae Co said they have investigated and verified and found out that such reports were not true. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar