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“Yellow” magic cast a spell on Siquijor

By Rizalie A. Calibo

SIQUIJOR (PIA) -- Local politics here was once painted in red (“pula” or “pua” in local dialect), with the Fua clan in control of major elective positions in the island of Siquijor.

But the recently concluded 2013 elections changed all that.

Now comes the “yellow” magic, after the Liberal Party (LP) succeeded in getting majority of the top positions and ousting the Fuas in the congressional and gubernatorial slots they occupied for more than two decades.

From what used to be a strong influence to one mere town in a number of years, the “yellow” party is now spreading like fire in three municipalities of Siquijor, the capital town, Larena, and Enrique Villanueva , composing the first district and a few in the towns of Maria, San Juan and Lazi, composing the second district.

After the recently-concluded polls, the LP has taken over the congressional, gubernatorial, vice-gubernatorial and first provincial district councilors’ seats.

The second provincial district however, is occupied by all Lakas - CMD (Christian Muslim Democtrats).

Dr. Marie Anne Pernes was proclaimed the winner for the lone congressional seat of Siquijor province after the death of her husband Dr. Jay Samson Pernes of the LP a day before the election.

The 49-year-old Pernes died of heart ailment on May 12 and was substituted by his wife, 48-year-old Marie Anne after accepting the responsibility and filing her certificate of candidacy (COC) 9:10a.m. on May 13.

But his death did not stop him from garnering an overwhelming 29,530 votes over his opponent Orlando A. Fua Jr. who got 24,474 votes based on the Comelec’s official result.

Newly-proclaimed governor shipping businessman Jecoy Villa got 30,143 votes over Orville A. Fua with 23,519 votes.

Singer-actor Fernando “Dindong” Avanzado Jr. is also proclaimed the new vice governor with 27,817 votes over that of Arturo Pacatang’s 21,981 votes.

It was an equal fight between the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the two provincial districts.

The first provincial district is ruled by all LP candidates Cyrus Olpoc, Clare Lucero, and Wawen Honrubia while in the second district are all Lakas CMD members --- Rebecca Padayhag and Edwin Quimno, incumbent mayors of Maria and San Juan town respectively, and Leonido Bonachita.

It was also a landslide victory for Larena town LP candidates with Dean Villa emerging as the Mayor and incumbent mayor Gold Calibo as the vice-Mayor.

Proclaimed winners for the town’s Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members are Jucito D. Gom-os, Haidee Lucero, Clyde Omictin, Leonardo Lingcay, Dindo Larot, Cle Bern Paglinawan, Danilo Achay, and Bartolome Monte.

In Enrique Villanueva and Siquijor towns, only two Lakas-CMD candidates made it to each SB seats, all the rest were from the Liberal Party.

Proclaimed winners were Gerold V. Pal-ing for mayor and Leonardo Paculba, vice-mayor.

SB winners were: Porferio Inguito Jr., Editha Suminguit, Jerry Kitong, Belinda Inao, Nenita Baliquig, Joel Magsalay, Avelino Paculba and Ruth Aque.

In Siquijor town, the father and daughter tandem were proclaimed the winners --- Mei Ling Quezon and incumbent mayor Richard Quezon. The SB members were: Ellaine May Avanzado, Joy Lopes de Andrade, Jim Joe Ambalong, Junnie Jumawan, Artemio Alvarico, Jimmy Duhaylungsod, Dionisio Capitan, and Romnick Angas.

The trend in the second district (Maria, Lazi and San Juan towns) however, is almost opposite compared to the first three towns. Except for the winning mayor for Maria town, who is an independent, and two each from LP for SB seats, all the rest are from the Lakas CMD party.

Maria town proclaimed winners were: Meynard Asok for mayor and Fernando Orlando for vice-mayor.

The SB members who won were: Candelaria Aninipo, Leo Enot, Frederick Padayhag, Jim B. Massiliones, Cayetano Malolot, , Exavel Ligutom, Meinard Mark Magsayo and DiosdadoDaug.

For the town of Lazi, incumbent mayor and vice-mayor Orpheus Fua and James Monte remained with SB member Rommel Dimagnaong, Earl Aljas, Dale Dimagnaong, Romy Bation, Rose Mae Dalaygon, Remegio Sierras, Gary Tumapon and Henry Dinsay.

Finally, for San Juan town, proclaimed winners were Wilfredo Capundag for mayor, Lilian Sumalpong for vice -mayor and SB members Rubilyn Maata, Zosimo Andos, Lyndon Jo, Michellee Barrete, Gladwin Bucol, Dammy Tumala, Freddie Calibo, and Dario Ocay.

In a media interview, Congresswoman Marie Anne said the victory was offered to Siquijodnon heroes who really believed in change.

“Nasa kamay ho natin ang kalayaang napakatagal na nating hinahanap at inaantay… hindi na po natin ito pakakawalan,” stressed Pernes . (FCR/RCalibo/PIA-Siquijor)

DepEd Asec Laguda joins Brigada Eskwela in Siquijor

by Rizalie A. Calibo

SIQUIJOR (PIA) -- As the new school year is about to start, all public elementary and secondary schools in Siquijor province are getting ready with the Brigada Eskwela that started on May 20 with Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary Rey Laguda joining the activities.

"Brigada Eskwela is not just about getting the community people, it’s also a way of informing them that we are about to start another school year," said Asec. Laguda, in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here.

“It’ a social advocacy thing. Aside from repairing the schools, it’s about telling people to get themselves and their kids ready for school," he said.

In his four stops to Candanay, Cansayang, Napo and Solangon elementary schools, Laguda said he was very happy that parents, the barangay officials and even the Philippine National Police were very active and supportive despite the rains.

He also noted the close to zero drop-out rate for elementary schools in Siquijor. It’ a good sign for a small island province.

"We just need to focus on getting these kids to high school," he added.

It’s always a good sign that we are providing the necessary access to education, he finally said.

Aside from the parents, teachers and the barangay officials Brigada Eskwela in Solangon Elementary School also earned the special participation of some foreigners now living on the island.

They are the members of the Rotary Club of Siquijor Island (RCSI), the FIT for School, an essential Health Care Package for Filipino Children (EHCP) and the German Dental Care Association headed by Dr. Wulf Feinhals as the project chairman. (mbcn/RACalibo/PIA7-Siquijor)

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