Balanga City: Elected officials of Bataan on Friday took their oath in a mass oath-taking ceremony held at the Emiliana Hall in Balanga City.
Among those in the mass oath taking were the three scions of outgoing Gov. Enrique “Tet” Garcia of Bataan.
The former governor, however, who was elected congressman of the second district was not able to join the ceremony. He was in Malacañang with other members of the National Unification Party upon invitation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Outgoing second district representative, Albert Garcia, took his oath as new governor of the province before Executive Judge Angelito Balderama. His elder sister, Angela Garcia, took her oath as new mayor of Dinalupihan, Bataan while their younger brother Jose Enrique Garcia 3rd took his oath of office as reelected mayor of Balanga City.
All mayors from 11 towns and one city as well as the vice-mayors and members of the Sangguniang Bayan and Panlungsod were sworn in before the new governor.
Balderama administered the oath to reelected Rep. Herminia Roman of the first district and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from the first and second districts.
The new governor described the mass oath-taking as simple but meaningful. He said they are ready to start performing their duties.
He called on both political foes and supporters to unite and work as one for more success of the province.
Re-elected Mayor Ana Santiago of Abucay, Bataan echoed the same call by the young Garcia.
“Magkaisa, magbigkis-bigkis tayo para sa pag-unlad ng ating bayan [Let’s unite and cooperate for the progress of our nation],” the mayor said.