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Duterte allies in Sulu sweep polls

Sulu Governor-elect Sakur Tan with President Rodrigo Duterte.


SULU – Returning governor Sakur Tan and his group won the election by a wide margin over their opponents.

The Tan patriarch edged over rival Ben Loong, who was supported by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. His sons also won seats: Toto as vice governor and Samier as congressman. Meanwhile his daughter, Sheila, was proclaimed mayor of Maimbung town.

Tan is a known philanthropist and an influential Muslim leader, who supported President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential campaign in 2016 after breaking away from the administration and political party of former president Benigno Aquino 3rd months before elections.

Despite being threatened by the military for supporting Duterte instead of former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, Tan rallied almost all of 19 municipal mayors in Sulu and other Muslim provinces to back Duterte, who eventually won by a landslide in the Muslim autonomous region. (The Zamboanga Post)

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