BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has proclaimed the first congresswoman and six elected local chief executives in this landlocked province of Nueva Vizcaya.
First Congresswoman-elect Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, who served for three terms governor and vice governor of the province, defeated Gov. Ruth Padilla of the Nationalista Party (NP) for the lone district of Nueva Vizcaya.
Cuaresma garnered 84,616 votes against Padilla’s 84,217 with a difference of 399 votes only. Padilla switched positions with her husband Rep. Carlos and ran for governor in the May 9 elections. Padilla, who served as mayor for three terms before she reclaimed the post in 2010 lost to Liwayway Caramat in the May 2013 elections.
Among the 15 municipalities in the province, six will have female chief executives, either re-elected or newly elected.
In Santa Fe town, Mayor Liwayway Caramat was re-elected for her second term against Jun Padilla who served the town as mayor and board member of the province.
Caramat, who is known as a philanthropist in the Kalanguya-dominated vegetable-rich town, claims to have come from a poverty-stricken family. She is now one of Santa Fe’s richest residents owing to her private business, being an accredited customs broker.
In Aritao town, Mayor Lucing Tan was also re-elected for her second term, winning over doctor Remelyn Peros.
Solano town’s first woman mayor-elect Eufemia Dacayo defeated three-term vice mayor Alex Labasan in his first attempt for the mayoral post.
Dacayo is wife of outgoing mayor, lawyer Philip Dacayo, who also won as vice mayor of Solano town.
In Villaverde town, lady-lawyer Ronelie Valtoribio was also re-elected for her third term against independent candidate Fernando Agraan.
Quezon town’s first woman mayor-elect Dolores Binwag, also an ex-officio member of the provincial board representing the Philippine Councilors League, won over UNA candidate Vice Mayor Eduardo Dasalla.
In Diadi town, Norma Miguel was re-elected for a second term. She also previously served as mayor and vice mayor of the town.