(Bataan) 4 Gs in, 4 Ps out in Bataan; prov’l, congressional winners proclaimed

May 16, 2013 9:50 am 

BALANGA CITY, Bataan, May 16 — The electorate in Bataan have spoken.

Majority of the Bataenos wanted Governor Enrique “Tet” Garcia and three children (4 Gs) while rejecting former Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chair Felicito “Tong” Payumo, his son and two nephews (4 Ps).

The elder Garcia bagged the congressional post in the second district vacated by son Rep. Albert Garcia who won as governor.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III, another son, was reelected.

Gila Garcia, a daughter, becomes the new mayor of Dinalupihan town.

The elder Payumo was defeated for the second time by Garcia’s teammate reelectionist Rep. Herminia Roman in the first district.

He was undefeated by former three-term congressman of the first district until he became chairman/administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

After his six-year stint as SBMA chairman, the elder Payumo came back to the political scene but lost in 2007 to newcomer Herminia Roman, wife of former congressman Tony Roman whom he eased out in his first try to the congressional slate.

His eldest son, Tonito, a Harvard graduate and tennis champion, lost to the group of Garcia after failing in his first bid to get a seat in the five-man provincial board.

His nephew, Dinalupihan mayor Joel Payumo lost to Albert Garcia in the gubernatorial post.

Provincial board member and former mayor Jose “Jojo” Payumo III, and brother of Joel, was knocked out by Gila Garcia in the mayoralty race in Dinalupihan.

The elder Garcia defeated former Gov. Leonardo “Ding” Roman, ally of Payumo, as congressman of the second district.

What surprised many and will long be remembered in Bataan’s political history was the defeat of a Payumo in Dinalupihan by someone who moved in from Balanga City and established residence in the only landlocked town in the province.

The Payumos have lorded over the political arena in Dinalupihan for decades, transferring mayorship from one kin to another.

The provincial board of canvassers officially proclaimed Wednesday afternoon the elder Garcia as congressman, his son Albert as governor, reelectionist vice governor Efren Pascual, Jr. and reelectionist Rep. Roman.

Also proclaimed were 10 members of the provincial Board (five each in the first and second district).

They all belong to the group of the Garcias and Herminia Roman.

Dexter Dominguez, also known as Teri Onor, who is on his second term got the highest number of votes for the board member seat in the first district.

On Tuesday afternoon, the elder Garcia's two children, Jose Enrique and Gila were proclaimed as mayor of Balanga City and Dinalupihan, respectively. (PNA)



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