Tuesday, September 20, 2011
ROTA ELECTIONS 1893
Luta (Rota) under the Spanish had its own mayor (alcalde) as well as a district leader (gobernadorcillo, or "little governor"). Every two years (by the late 1800s) the principal men of the community (principales) would vote for a gobernadorcillo, but the vote was purely consultative. The Governor of the Marianas selected the man. The priest also put in his opinion, which was not always followed.
In 1893, the electors were Julian Borja Songao, Gregorio Jocog Mangloña, Mariano Inos Mangloña, Leocadio Jocog Taimañao, Vicente Jocog Mangloña, Benito Angoco Atalig, Mariano Maratita Ayuyu, Francisco Taisacan Mangloña, Braulio Songao Mangloña, Pedro Cruz Taitano, Domingo Maratita Ayuyu and Castulo Jocog Mangloña. Jose Blas Mendiola was the outgoing gobernadorcillo.
Vicente Jocog Mangloña got the most votes and was also endorsed by the priest. He was the one selected by the Governor.
If your name was Songao, Mangloña, Inos, Jocog, Taimañao, Atalig, Maratita, Ayuyu or Taisacan, you had roots in Luta. If you were a Borja, Angoco, Taitano, Mendiola - you were either born on Guam or had a parent that was.