Benjamin Tupay Loong
Benjamin "Ben" Tupay Loong (NPC) is the current Vice Governor of Sulu Province (2009–present), a part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He was previously the Governor of Sulu Province (2005–2007), and is the older brother of Tupay T. Loong, the current representative from Sulu's 1st District. Together the "Loong Brothers" constitute a formidable political force in the region.
Loong is a native of Parang, Sulu.
Loong started out as a businessman, running a coco oil company and serving as a member of the Mindanao Business Council (MBC). However, he quickly entered politics alongside his brother. He won his first election as ARMMvice-regional governorHe ran as an independent for ARMM Vice-Governor alongside Ibrahim Paglas, a former mayor and businessman, but was bested by Administration-backed candidates Parouk Hussin and Mahid Mutilan.
He became head of the MBC and competed in the Sulu provincial elections in 2005, this time successfully winning the Governor slot. However, Loong was sidelined in the 2007 election in a political shifting of loyalties involving Abdulmunir Mundoc Arbison shifting his support to Abdusakur Mahail Tan.
The Loong brothers are known to be political rivals with Governor Tan and former ARMM assemblyman Garcia Tingkahan.
Loong was president and CEO of BJ Coco Oil Mill, a company producing coconut oil.
- Sulu Election Results as of August 2010, COMELEC.gov
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