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Lakas-Kampi slate won overwhelmingly in Tanauan town

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 17, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Lakas-Kampi is still the winning party in Tanauan, Leyte. This after first district of Leyte congressional bet Atty. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, incumbent Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, incumbent mayor Atty. Roque Tiu and his slate won an overwhelming vote of confidence from the town’s electorate.

Tanauan electorate gave Atty Romualdez a total of 12,538 votes while Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla got an overwhelming vote of confidence totaling 14,087 votes.

Amid the cheers of the supporters, Lakas Mayor Atty. Roque Tiu and the other winners in the municipal elections were proclaimed late afternoon of May 16 by the board of canvassers led by Comelec Municipal Registrar Demy Morales, at the People’s Hall of Tanauan, Leyte.

In his proclamation speech, Mayor Tiu said that the people of Tanauan has spoken. The voice of the people must be respected, he said, as he called on all the candidates, winners and losers, to forget politics and instead unite for the sake of Tanauan and its people. He said that this is his last term and he intends to make into reality the development plans for Tanauan which is now a second class municipality, a far cry from its being a fourth class municipality when he was first elected as mayor.

With the majority of the elected officials belonging to Lakas-Kampi, Mayor Tiu is optimistic that the implementation of development programs will be fast tracked and will be more efficient. The political campaign is over, he said, it is time to move forward towards the best that Tanauan and its people could ever be.

Mayor Tiu expressed his gratitude to the members of the board of canvassers, not only for their time shared, but most specially for ensuring the sanctity of the ballots so that the decision of the people of Tanauan will be heard and respected. Mayor Tiu earned more respect when he stood firm with the Petilla camp despite all the other first district of Leyte mayors defecting to the other camp before the "unification."

Mayor Tiu garnered 12,645 votes, a 4,083-votes lead against his rival Mark Gimenez who got 8,562 votes. The margin, local political analysts observed is the biggest margin ever in the history of the town. This is the third consecutive time that Mayor Tiu won over the same rival Gimenez.

Mayor Tiu added that with the winning of his running mate Atty. Jun Pagayanan, he is assured that the Sangguniang Bayan is in capable hands. Atty. Pagayanan won by more than 4,000 votes against his rival, incumbent vice-mayor Venancio Bañez who bolted to the other camp before the Petilla-Romualdez unification. Atty. Pagayanan got 11,512 votes against his rival’s 7,320 votes.

Lakas-Kampi also claimed five of the eight seats for councilors. The Lakas councilors are re-electionist Cathy Kapunan who topped the elections, former DAR director Tito Bernal who claimed the second place, Jigs Perez who got the 4th place, re-electionist Ernesto Varona who got the 7th place and Atty. Mario Villero for the eight slot.

The other elected councilors are incumbents Quintin Octa and Corazon Fiel and come-backing councilor Fausto Malate.