VICTORY POSE. Presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, during the campaign rally in Cagayan de Oro City on April 26, 2022. Most voters in the Northern Mindanao region went for Marcos and Duterte during the May 9 polls. (File photo courtesy of Ian Roie Benedict Fajardo)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The UniTeam tandem of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte dominated all of Northern Mindanao's five provinces, according to the unofficial results of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server.

With 98.3 percent of election returns counted as of Tuesday afternoon, Marcos and Duterte also led in major cities of the region following Monday's polls.

In this city, Marcos topped the votes with 233,325, and Duterte with 258,826.

The UniTeam tandem was followed by presidential bet Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo with 33,780, and running mate, vice presidential candidate, Senator Francis Pangilinan with 20,581 votes.

In Iligan City, Marcos had 107,514 votes over Robredo's 18,857; Duterte led with 124,559 votes over Pangilinan's 10,546.

Based on the Comelec data, the region has more than three million registered voters, with the turnout still to be determined in the official canvassing of votes.

Duterte leads in vote counts

Comelec’s unofficial tally also indicated that more votes were cast for Duterte compared to Marcos and Robredo in the region.

In Camiguin, Duterte garnered 49,359 votes compared to Marcos’s 45,321 while Robredo received 4,591, and Pangilinan got 1,823.

In Lanao del Norte, Duterte had 229,945 votes while Marcos got 184,332. Robredo garnered 46,647 and Pangilinan had 23,958.

In Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte, Duterte led with 6,843, and Pangilinan got 2,984.

Robredo, meanwhile, made a clean sweep by obtaining all 9,842 votes in Pantao Ragat, leaving zero votes for other candidates.

In Misamis Occidental, Duterte had 290,984 votes compared to Marcos’ 254,066.

Presidential aspirant Emmanuel Pacquiao trailed with 46,153, with Pangilinan in the vice presidential second spot at 16,692.

In Misamis Oriental, Duterte led with 439,970 votes compared to Marcos’ 385,941 and Pacquiao’s 76,650.

In the same province, Pangilinan lagged with 46,611 votes.

The province of Bukidnon gave Duterte and Marcos 595,898 and 507,556 votes, respectively.

Still, in Bukidnon, Pacquiao came in second with 129,784 votes in the presidential derby, while Pangilinan obtained 48,833 in the vice presidential race.

Nixing instructions

In an interview with Oliver Plaza, a professor of political science at the Liceo de Cagayan University, said voters did not follow the endorsements of local leaders for national candidates—especially those pushing for a Robredo-Sara (RoSa) tandem.

Plaza said RoSa was "an imaginary alliance" that came in too late, "if there is such one."

"RoSa is a divide-and-conquer tactic to disturb the Robredo strength. Either RoSa or BBM-Sara (Marcos-Duterte), the denominator is Sara as seen (the advantage) in the result, where Sara gained more votes than BBM (Bongbong Marcos)," he said.

In the city, the local party of the Centrist Democratic Party endorsed the RoSa tandem, as well as the local Unity Party in Misamis Oriental province. (PNA)