La Union lawmaker picked for governor


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.


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  1. Sana naman po kung di man matanggal ay bawas bawasan nila ang greed. Sana naman gawin nilang free entreprise ang probinsiya, allow big investors in the province. nakakadisappoint lang kasi kailangan pang mangibang probinsiya ang mga La Union people para lang makapagtrabaho, makapunta sa magandang mall , at makapamasyal. this province has rejected investments from big mall operators and very recently ay 3 BPOs (call centers). These could have generated thousands of jobs for the people of La Union and provided additional income for the province and these would open more opportunities for investment. La Union is a very strategic location for investment but it will remain stagnant if officials will not remove or mellow on their greed.
    they can govern well with the numerous regional and national awards received every year, only that they must make the province free enterprise

  2. Politics is thicker than blood! Like the Villafuertes of Bicol, the Ortegas of La Union battles for the kingship of their province. Literally, a governor of the province in the Philippines is the “king of the people”. He governs, and control practically all business endeavors there from real estate investments to gambling to drugs to agriculture, not to mention the most common source of “dirty money” – infrastructure projects and funding, including those projects of national political players occurring/targeted for the province. Thus – relatives fight and even kill each other (remember the “fatal political love affair” of relatives Bersamins and Valeras of Abra?). In a remote strategy though – some relatives just run against each other to ensure that their families will surely stay in control of the place. Good luck.