At least eight members of the Cagas clan won various positions in Davao del Sur during Monday’s mid-term elections.
Governor Douglas Cagas, his wife Mercedes Chan Cagas, and their only son Marc Douglas Cagas IV emerged as victors for the position of governor, member of the House of Representatives, and vice governor of Davao del Sur, respectively.
Reelectionist Gary Cagas, the elder brother of Gov. Cagas, landed on the top spot as member of the Digos City Council. Josef Fortich Cagas, son of Gary, won the mayoral race in Digos City, while lawyer Johari Baña, whose wife was the daughter of Gov. Cagas’ brother, Rio, is the city’s new vice mayor.
Baña is an incumbent councilor of the city. Lawyer Dominic Fernandez, another son-in-law of Rio’s, snatched the sixth seat of the Digos City Council.
Reelectionist Board Member John Tracy Cagas, another nephew of Gov. Cagas, landed on the top spot for the first provincial district of Davao del Sur.
Governor Cagas (PDP Laban) won by a landslide against incumbent Digos City Mayor Joseph Peñas of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).
Josef Cagas won by a huge majority against two Peñas’ protégés, Davao del Sur Senior Board Member Nonito Llanos IV and Vice Mayor Reynaldo Hermosisima, who both eyed the local chief executive post under the HNP ticket.
HNP official candidate for governor Peñas conceded defeat to incumbent Governor Cagas.
“It’s over. The people of Davao del Sur have spoken. Let us accept defeat with a clean heart,” Peñas said. (PNA)