SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: Abono partylist Rep. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega 3rd was endorsed by all the 19 incumbent municipal mayors of La Union province to be their candidate for governor in the May 2016 elections.
Pacoy Ortega is the eldest son of incumbent La Union Gov. Manuel Ortega, who is on his third and final term.
The mayors’ endorsement for the younger Ortega was based on a resolution passed and approved by the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – La Union chapter during their meeting.
“The LMP-La Union chapter is strongly endorsing Rep. Ortega for governor of the province of La Union for the 2016 election and expressing the full support of the league of his candidacy,” reads part of the resolution.
The LMP, headed by Mayor Sandra Young Eriguel of Agoo, La Union, also endorsed incumbent Vice Gov. Aureo Nisce as Pacoy Ortega’s running mate.
The younger Ortega, who is Abono’s second nominee, is now on his third and final term as partylist representative.
Rep. Ortega, meanwhile, said he will be running as an independent candidate but he will be adopted by various parties in the local level as their common candidate for governor.
He was a senior board member for three terms and a city councilor before he was elected as a partylist representative.
He is reportedly running for governor against his uncle, Mario Ortega, youngest brother of the governor and Liberal Party candidate and undersecretary for external affairs at the office of Executive Secretary Henry Bacurnay.