Mark Cojuangco loses governor race despite massive politiko backing
Having the support of five out of six congressmen and 35 out of 47 mayors did not guarantee a win for a Pangasinan politiko.
Former Pangasinan 5th district Rep, Mark O. Cojuangco failed to be Pangasinan Governor despite support coming from congressman Boying Celeste (1st district), Baby Arenas (3rd District), Gina De Venecia (4th district), Kimi Cojuangco (5th district), and Marlyn Agabas (6th District).
Despite having the support of 35 mayors out of 47, Cojuangco still lost to Punong Barangay Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III.
Cojuangco won in the 1st District with the help of the Celeste brothers (Rep. Boying, Alaminos City Mayor Arthur, Bolinao Mayor Noli) but terribly lost in the other congressional districts.
The final tally showed Espino having 736,909 votes while Cojuangco had only 513,897 votes.
Espino’s father, three-term Governor Amado Jr. unseated Cojuangco’s wife Kimi for the 5th District congressional seat.
The voters of Pangasinan wanted more of Espino than more progress in the battle of tag lines.
Espino’s tag line was #EspinoPaMore while Cojuangco ran with the tag line Mas Maunlad na Pangasinan.
Cojuangco in a message aired over a local radio station conceding defeat said, “Maraming salamat sa pagbigay ninyo ng pagkakataon sa akin upang aking ipahayag at ipresenta sa inyo ang mga programang gusto kong gawin sa Pangasinan.”
“Kahit nasa pribado kang kalagayan, maaari ka pa namang tumulong para sa kapakanan ng mga Pangasinenses,” he added.
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