TAGUM CITY—A new era of positive change and continuous development is expected to sweep this city with the proclamation of new city officials, with Mayor Allan Lopez Rellon securing a fresh mandate for his third and last term as the city’s local chief executive.
Tagum’s midterm elections resulted to historic outcomes.
The city paved the rise of the first woman head of the city’s legislative body with the election of Senior City Councilor Atty. Eva Lorraine Estabillo as Vice Mayor, who is expected to steer the legislative agenda of the Rellon administration in the incoming 8th City Council.
Both Rellon and Estabillo enjoyed wide margin against their opponents — Rellon defeating outgoing Vice Mayor Geterito Gementiza with more than 70,000 lead (91,368 against 20,889), while Estabillo claimed supremacy in the vice mayoralty race by amassing 77,790 votes against her rival Councilor Agripino Coquilla, Jr.’s 28,083 votes.
Local political observers are noting that this is among the biggest margin among competing candidates in Tagum’s recent history.
Tagum’s electorate also installed the youngest elected city councilor in the person of youth development advocate Alderson Rellon who placed second in the race to fill the ten spots for the City Council.
Forming the 8thCity Council will be the following: Councilor Ester Angoy (67,324), Alderson Rellon (63,884), Councilor Ronald Eliot (62,538), rural health advocate Dr. Joel Padoran (60,701), Councilor Bong Bermudez (60,468), Councilor Joedel Caasi (54,313), Councilor Jan Dmitri Sator (53,016), Councilor Rey Cyril Alba (50,024), Barangay Kagawad Joseph Cabrera of Mankilam (47,997) and Magugpo North Barangay Captain Renante Robles (44,553).
Their group, forming what they coined as the Tagumpay Team, is expected to raise the ante for local governance with Mayor Rellon’s flagship EAGLE WINGS Program — a feat made possible with PDP Laban clinching a 20-0 landslide victory in Tagum and the first congressional district of Davao del Norte — from the gubernatorial post up to the city councilors.
Tagumenyos gave considerable votes which paved the rise of Edwin Jubahib as governor-elect of the Province of Davao del Norte partnered with former Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy as vice governor.
Former House Speaker Cong. Pantaleon Alvarez is poised to continue his position after enjoying a colossal margin against outgoing Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario as 1st district congressman.
Tagum’s known politicians also won big to fill the posts of first district board members posts in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. They are Councilor Robert So, former Councilor Nickel Suaybaguio, Board Member Francisco Remitar, Magugpo Poblacion Barangay Capt. Prospero Estabillo, Jr. and grassroots organizer Roger Laguna.
All elected leaders vowed to pursue development for both Tagum and Davao del Norte. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum