BALANGA CITY, Bataan -- The political exercise in Bataan has come to conclusion with the proclamation of all winners in the provincial, congressional, as well as municipal slates in 11 towns and a city on Thursday.
The Provincial Board of Canvassers declared as official winners Governor Albert Garcia, Vice Governor Crisanta Garcia, Representative Geraldine Roman of the first district, and Rep. Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia III of the second district.
Crisanta and Joet both ran unopposed while Albert and Geraldine won with wide margin of votes over their opponents.
Also proclaimed were five members each of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the first and second districts, all under the banner of the group of the Garcias and Roman.
“We look forward to working together for the good of Bataan,” Roman said.
Joet thanked all stakeholders for the peaceful and orderly elections.
“Magtatrabahao tayo para maging No. 1 ang Bataan lalo na sa Human Development Index (we will work so that Bataan will become no. 1 in Human Development Index),” he said.
“Maramig salamat na naging mapayapa ang eleksiyon at makakaasa kayo na isusulong natin ang mga programa sa ikabubuti ng 11 bayan at isang lungsod (Thank you very much for a peaceful election and rest assured that we will push programs for the good of the province’s 11 towns and one city) ,” said the vice governor, who is Joet’s first cousin.
“Kapag may pagkakaisa, malayo ang mararating ng ating lalawigan (if there is unity, our province will go far),” said the governor, Crisanta’s cousin and Joet’s brother. He added the province is so blessed because there is no casualty and the election was very peaceful.
“Nagsalita na ang taong-bayan. Maraming masasakit na salita for the sake of the campaign. Ngayon tapos na, simulan natin ang paghihilom ng mga sugat nang sa ganoon tuloy-tuloy ang ating kaunlaran, pagkakaisa ng lahat (the people has already spoken. There were many harsh words for the sake of the campaign. Now that it is over, let us start healing the wounds so that our progress will continuously goes on and the unity of all),” said the governor, who will be on his last term.
Meanwhile, the other proclaimed winners in the municipal level were mayors Maria Angela “Gila” Garcia of Dinalupihan; Ramil del Rosario of Bagac; Aida Macalinao of Samal; Liberato Santiago of Abucay; Jopet Inton of Hermosa; Charlie Pizarro of Pilar; Antonio Raymundo of Orion; Cynthia Estanislao of Morong; Nelson David of Limay; Jocelyn Castañeda of Mariveles; Efren Pascual Jr. of Orani, and Francis Garcia of Balanga City. (PNA)