New Tagum City mayor-elect offers reconciliation to outgoing mayor
May 17, 2013 10:41 pm
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, May 17 — Both enjoying a popular mandate, incumbent Vice Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Councilor Geterito T. Gementiza are poised to become this city's new set of leaders after being proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as Mayor-elect and Vice Mayor-elect shortly before noon Thursday.
Elected to a fresh three-year term starting on June 30 this year, both leaders vowed to continue the progress and development of Tagum City through meaningful reforms in their executive and legislative agenda.
The 44-year old Rellon garnered total votes of 54,492 votes during Monday's election while Gementiza mustered 51,845 votes over-all.
Monday's election recorded a high turnout of voters pegged at 74.5 percent, according to data released by the local Comelec Office here.
Pitching eagerness to open the city's new chapter, the incumbent head of Tagum's legislative acknowledged last-termer and incumbent Mayor Rey T. Uy's programs and projects that made Tagum what it is today during their nine-year partnership as Tagum's stewards from 2004 to 2013.
In his first public speech after being proclaimed mayor-elect, Rellon called on Tagumeños to unite and rally behind his new administration to achieve a common good.
I am offering my gesture of reconciliation, let's get back to work and let's make Tagum a better place to live in, he said before a jampacked audience at the Sangguniang Panlungsod's Session Hall where the consolidation and canvassing of votes for Tagum City was done.
Gementiza, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the public and to his supporters for putting their trust on him to lead the 6th City Council.
The tandem of Rellon and Gementiza running under the opposition were considered underdog in the mayoral and vice mayoral race since they were facing a tough challenge against the administration-backed first City Councilor De Carlo Oyo Uy and Councilor Maria Lina Baura.
But it turned out to be landslide victory in favor of them. (PNA)