Sulu, Zamboanga leaders ready for next term
SULU – Governor Abdusakur “Toto” Tan II, who was reelected following a landslide victory in the May 9 national polls, has officially took his oath alongside her mother, Nurunisah Tan, as the new vice governor, in a fitting ceremony attended by thousands of people in Sulu province.
Tan’s sister, Rep. Shernee Tan, of the Kusug Tausug party-list, and her brother Samir, the mayor of Maimbung town, were also present during the ceremony held at the gymnasium in Patikul town on June 30.
Sulu’s winning mayors and vice mayors also took their oath in the same ceremony.
The governor thanked his supporters and followers for their trust in his hardworking administration and vowed to continue his transparent governance. He also promised more peace and development projects, and anti-poverty alleviation programs, and to pursue a rigorous economic program for Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, that will benefit his constituency.
His father, Abdusakur “Sakur” Tan, gave his farewell speech and was many times interrupted by applause, and said pledged to help the government in his private capacity. Both father and son thanked each other in the end for their cooperation and support to the advancement of various government programs in the province.
The governor also thanked the Moro National Liberation Front – which signed a peace deal with Manila in 1996 – for its support to the government’s peace program. The Tans, along with their mayors, supported the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte in the elections.
In Zamboanga City, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco also took her oath and officially began her second term as chief executive in simple, but elegant ceremonies in City Hall, where she vowed to further push the local economic development to full circle and make Zamboanga City more relevant to the present time.
Salazar was sworn into office by Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Garcia. With her is First Gentleman Trifonio Salazar and cousin Pepi Climaco.
Climaco assured that the local government will pave the way to strengthening its priorities as guided by her main thrusts on security, health and education with particular attention on water, economic, energy, environment and human security. She also expressed categorically her full support to the administration of Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Re-elected Sulu Governor Totoh Tan with his family takes his oath of office on June 30, 2016 and so is re-elected Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco with her husband, Trifonio Salazar.
Sulu provnce inaugural ceremony on June 30, 2016 with re-elected Governor Totoh Tan leading other officials who won the May 9 polls. (Photos by Ahl-franzie Salinas)