IBA, Zambales: A veteran of many political wars in the province, lawyer Amor Deloso got the people’s mandate anew, beating the incumbent governor.
The 77-year-old governor-elect is set to assume the post for the fourth time, the first one when he was appointed officer-in-charge on April 14, 1986 until Nov. 30, 1987. This was followed on Feb. 2, 1988 until March 4, 1998 and from July 1, 2007 to June 30 2010.
He was defeated by former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. during the May 2010, elections but came back strong on Monday, beating Ebdane by more than 36,000 votes in the gubernatorial race.
Deloso garnered a total of 148,976 votes against Ebdane’s 112,397 votes.
His running mate, Angel Magsaysay-Cheng, daughter of his former political rival Vicente Magsaysay, also won, defeating incumbent Ramon Lacbain 2nd.
The Delosos and the Magsaysays, known as the biggest political clans in the province, have joined forces for the 2016 elections.
Deloso told members of the media he will give priority to creating more jobs to help the poor among his constituents, aside from attending to the needs of Zambaleños like sustainable livelihood, education and health care.
The governor-elect also vowed to curb illegal mining in the province, saying this destroys the environment and the natural resources of Zambales.
He also promised to assist farmers affected by climate change brought by the El Niño phenomenon and fishermen displaced and harassed by the Chinese coast guard in the disputed West Philippine Sea.