By Ali Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman garnered record high votes to win Basilan’s lone congressional seat, but his overwhelming triumph failed to deliver for the Otso Diretso senatorial slate of the Liberal Party (LP), his official party.
Based on latest unofficial tabulations, Hataman obtained 120,932 votes against the 28,163-vote mark of his lone rival Omar Akbar (Lakas).
Hataman’s total votes even dwarfed the 80,094 total votes obtained by his elder brother, incumbent Basilan Governor Jim Haraman-Salliman (PDP-Laban) to win reelection against rival Alfiya Fernandez (Lakas), who got 73,817 votes.
The victory of resigned Amin party-list Rep. DJalia Turabin-Hatam, Hataman’s wife who also ran under LP and won the mayoralty race in Basilan’s Isabela City, also did not translate to winning votes for the Otso Deretso.
Otso Diretso’s anchors – Senator Bam Aquino and former Senator Mar Roxas landed 15th and 18th places in Isabela City, respectively. Basilan’s overall results also showed Aquino and Roxas occupying the 15th and 16th places.
Except for Grace Poe, who landed 6th in Basilan’s polls, all other places in the top 12 slots went to President Duterte candidates led by Bong Go and Bato dela Rosa, who ranked first and second.
Go got 85,353 votes, bigger than the votes for Gov. Salliman, while Dela Rosa got 69,511 votes.
Administration-backed Cynthia Villar, Bong Revilla, Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Koko Pimentel, Francis Tolentino, JV Ejercito, and Dong Mangudadatu landed 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively.