1Bataan. Vice Gov. Ma. Cristina Garcia, Governor-elect Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia, Rep. Geraldine Roman, Congressman-elect Albert “Abet” Garcia, and Congresswoman-elect Maria Angela Garcia hold proclamation certificates. Contributed photo
BALANGA CITY — The provincial board of canvassers at dawn of Wednesday proclaimed the winning candidates for the provincial and congressional posts in Bataan that showed the 1Bataan team of the Garcia clan as the overall and overwhelming winners.
Among those proclaimed is the new governor, 2nd District Rep. Jose Enrique “Joet” Garcia who switched position with brother Gov. Albert “Abet” Garcia after both finishing their three-year term.
Joet ran unopposed while Abet defeated opponent Eliza Ann Roque, wife of a former Limay town mayor, in the congressional post in the second district.
Joet’s and Abet’s sister, Dinalupihan Mayor Maria Angela Garcia after completing her three-year term ran for the seat in the newly-created third congressional district and won over former Mariveles Mayor Angel Peliglorio.
Their first cousin, Vice Gov. Ma. Cristina Garcia, was reelected after “knocking out” two rivals.
Elected and proclaimed as members of the sangguniang panlalawigan were lawyer Tonyboy Roman, Benjie Serrano, and lawyer Jomar Gaza in the first district; Noel Valdecanas, Manny Beltran, and Iza Roque in the second district; and Popoy del Rosario, Dr. Jorge Estanislao, Angel Sunga, and Harold Espeleta in the third district.
They are all under the Garcia group.
Also proclaimed was 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman who retained her post unopposed. She is also allied with the Garcias.
“Congratulations to all winners. The people have spoken and we have received their mandates. Paglingkuran ang ating kanya-kanyang mga distrito, ating towns at ating constituents. Elections are over, it is time to set aside politics and start working as a unified people, dapat magkasama-sama tayong lahat,” the congresswoman said.
Roman noted the big number of votes in Bataan of presidential frontrunner senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and teammate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
She described Bataan as both Marcos and Duterte country. “Ito ay aking pinanindigan dahil I have been touched by the Bataeños at nararamdaman ko ang suporta nila sa magiging bagong Pangulong Bongbong Marcos at Vice-President Sara Duterte.”
“Alam ko at kilala ko naman si Bongbong Marcos at alam kong tatanawin nito na malaking utang na loob ang napakalinaw at napakalaking mandato na ibinigay sa kanya ng Bataeños. Si Sara Duterte din ay inaasahan kong ipagpapatuloy nito ang lahat ng magagandang proyekto at programa para sa ating lalawigan kaya sama-sama na tayo,” Roman said.
“Ang mensahe ni BBM at Sara Duterte ay pagkakaisa. From that point ay trabaho tayong lahat, sama-sama para sa ikauunlad di lamang ng Bataan kundi pati buong bansa,” she said.