Grupo Pro­greso win­ners sworn in

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THE newly elected and re-elected of­fi­cials of Ba­colod City un­der the Grupo Pro­greso have taken their oath of of­fice be­fore Judge Este­fanio Libu­tan Jr. at the GT Ho­tel in Ba­colod Fri­day af­ter­noon, May 17.

Judge Libu­tan ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice of re-elected Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia, re-elected Con­gress­man Greg Gasa­taya, and re-elected Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran as well as re-elected Coun­cilors Cindy Ro­jas, Renecito Novero; Sim­pli­cia Distrito, Archie Baribar, Is­rael Salanga, re-elected Coun­cilors Dindo Ramos, Bar­tolome Orola, Ana Marie Palermo, and Coun­cilor Elmer Sy.

Only coun­cilors-elect Al Espino and Carl Lopez were not present be­cause they were on travel.

Re-elected Coun­cilor Wil­son Gam­boa Jr., of Asenso para sa Buas-damlag san gB acolod non mag bi nu li gay Kit as a Kauswa­gan (ABB-MKK), was the lone sur­vivor of the op­po­si­tion group and oc­cu­pied the 12 spot in the coun­cilor race.

Leonar­dia said that mak­ing 14-1 is still a his­tory. It’s the will of the peo­ple of Ba­colod.

“The essence why our peo­ple ac­cepted our 15-0 be­cause we re­peat­edly told that if we will have a group of of­fi­cials who will work to­gether, who are united and in har­mony we will surely be able to achieve our goals and as­pi­ra­tions. We want also to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize the re­la­tion­ship between the of­fice of the mayor and the of­fice of con­gress­man,” he said.

He added that they are happy and proud that they were able to al­most make it (15-0).

Leonar­dia also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to their par­ty­mate Mar­lon Solidum, who was ranked 13th in the

coun­cilor race, for sac­ri­fic­ing for the team.

Leonar­dia gar­nered 144, 776 votes against 81, 248 votes of his ri­val Jo­celle Bat­apa-sigue and 1,762 votes of Ray Car­mona.

Gasa­taya also got 135,346 votes against the 84,705 votes of his ri­val, for­mer con­gress­man and for­mer Ba­colod mayor Mon­ico Puentevell­a, and 3,751 votes of Kevin Moises while Fa­mil­iaran was able to de­fend his post with his 126,238 votes against 91,821 votes of his ri­val for­mer vice mayor Jude Thad­deus Sayson.

Gasa­taya said that he’s hum­bled by the his­toric over­whelm­ing sup­port given to him by the peo­ple of Ba­colod.

“It is with a deep sense of grat­i­tude that I ac­cept the man­date you have given to me to serve my sec­ond straight term as your rep­re­sen­ta­tive. I wish to take this op­por­tu­nity to show my deep­est grat­i­tude to my beloved wife Meita, my chil­dren, and our en­tire fam­ily for stay­ing strong and be­ing my rock through the tough times, he said.

Gasa­taya is also thank­ful to those who made his cam­paign trail and ac­tiv­i­ties known through telling their sto­ries.

“I will not fail you. Ed­u­ca­tion and health shall con­tinue to be my core pri­or­i­ties to en­able the dreams of our chil­dren. Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion and so­cial sta­tus shall re­main ir­rel­e­vant to our of­fice, we face tasks big­ger than our­selves that re­quire our unity. There are lives to save and dreams to en­able,” Gasa­taya said.

Fa­mil­iaran also said he’s very happy and over­whelmed of the re­sult.

“With the full sup­port of Grupo Pro­greso headed by Mayor Leonar­dia and Con­gress­man Gasa­taya and the en­tire or­ga­ni­za­tion, we got this re­sult in­clud­ing the sup­port of the Igle­sia ni Cristo and the en­dorse­ment of Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte. It’s a big help in our cam­paign that the vot­ers voted us,” he said./map

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