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Comelec proclaims Treñas, Ganzon winners in Iloilo City winners

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ILOILO CITY — Newly-elected officials for this highly-urbanized city
were proclaimed more than eight hours after polling centers officially
closed at 6 p.m. on Monday.

The Board of Canvassers, chaired by lawyer Mavil M. Sia, formally
convened at 3 p.m. on Monday to establish linkage for the transmission
of votes. After establishing the transmissions and rules were laid
down, the board called for a recess and reconvened at 6 p.m.

At around 2:45 a.m. of Tuesday, the hands of the newly-elected set of
officials were raised. Based on the Comelec data, 76.16 percent or
equivalent to 224, 526 out of the 294, 776 registered voters of Iloilo
City participated in the election.

Julienne Baronda, the former chief political officer of Senator JV
Ejercito, won the city’s lone congressional seat with 115,148 votes
against the 74,012 votes of her closest rival, incumbent city
councilor Joshua Alim.

Incumbent Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Jerry P. Treñas also garnered
134,143 votes to clinch the mayoral seat from six other contenders,
including his brother-in-law and incumbent mayor Jose Espinosa III,
who only got 65,724 votes. Pacita Gonzalez, wife of former Justice
Secretary Raul Gonzales, only received 11,934 votes.

Incumbent vice-mayor Jeffrey Ganzon was able to defend his post with
his 119,112 votes versus contenders Plaridel Nava and R Leone Gerochi,
both incumbent councilors.

Baronda, in a text message Tuesday morning, expressed her gratitude
for the mandate that was given to her by the people of Iloilo City.
“My win is the victory of the Ilonggos. Their hope is here. I will not
fail them and their hope for a greater Iloilo City,” she said.

Baronda, while chief political officer of Ejercito, was responsible in
making coordination for the establishment of the Regional Heart and
Lung Center of the Western Visayas Medical Center and the Heart, Lung
and Kidney Center of the West Visayas State University Medical Center
(WVSUMC), both in Iloilo City.

On the other hand, Treñas said that he is now ready to bring Iloilo
City to the next level. Prior, he also completed his three-term as
mayor of Iloilo City starting 2001.

Also proclaimed were reelectionist councilors Lady Julie Grace
Baronda, Armand Parcon, Jay Treñas and Ely Estante and
councilors-elect Rudolf Ganzon, Rommel Duron, Allan Zaldivar and Jojo
Javellana.

Reelectionists Lydon Acap, Dr. Candice Magdalane Tupas, Eduardo
Peñaredondo and Mandrei Malabor were not present during the
proclamation.

Sia said that the board will convene at 1 p.m. Tuesday to attend to
other matters and officially close the canvassing center at the
Diamond Jubilee Hall in Mabini Street.

In a previous interview, Sia said that the priority of the board is to
make sure that they can proclaim as soon as possible. She said that
she tried to bypass all protocols to secure the configuration of the
corrupted SD card that was intended for clustered precinct 27 in
Barangay Monica Blumentritt, City Proper district.

“In 2016 in Bacolod at 5 a.m. I was able to proclaim and I don’t want
to break my record,” she shared.

The venue of the canvassing and proclamation of winners was at the
second floor of the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Mabini Street, City Proper
district. (PNA)