Abra elects youngest lawmaker

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BAGUIO CITY: The Commission on Elections proclaimed on Wednesday Abra’s youngest ever lawmaker – Joseph Sto. Nino Bernos.

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Bernos, 37, is incumbent La Paz town mayor and scion of the Bernos political clan, whose members are holding key positions in two vote-rich towns – Danglas and La Paz. He shoved in 63,033,183 votes of the 125,249 who voted out of the 156,968 total registered voters in the province to become Abra’s lone district representative.

Bernos, younger brother of slain Mayor Ysrael and son of former Gov. Andres, has maintained his lead of over 10,000 votes over San Juan mayor Marco Bautista with 52,436, in a four-cornered fight that include physician Joselito Bringas (7,350 votes) and former Rep. Cecilia Luna (3,415).

Abra election supervisor, lawyer Mae Rachelle Belmes-Beronilla officiated the proclamation of the winners by the Provincial Board of Canvassers by 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Bernos, also vice-president of the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP), promises Abrenians an excellent representation in the House of Representatives from the perspective of the youth.

Meanwhile, in the gubernatorial race, Bernos’ sister-in-law and incumbent Rep. Ma. Jocelyn Bernos, led her closest rival by over 7,000 with 65,148 and even widened the gap since Monday night against Ruby Bersamin, wife of incumbent Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin.

Bersamin lost by 2,000 votes (11,048) from Bangued town mayor Dominic Valera (13,081) in the mayoralty race. While his niece – Board Member Chari – was defeated by incumbent vice mayor Allan Seares.

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