Lakas-Kampi slate won
overwhelmingly in Tanauan town
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
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,
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
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
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.