Wednesday, May 11, 2016



DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and Vice Mayor Brian Lim will serve the city for another three years when both received a fresh mandate from the people of Dagupan in the May 9, 2016 National and Local Elections.

Both were unopposed in that election.   They were officially proclaimed one after the other by the City Board of Canvassers chaired by Acting City Election Officer lawyer Nathaniel D. Siaden with City Prosecutor Joven M. Maramba as vice-chairman and Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo as secretary on the night of Election Day at the Sanguniang Panlungsod.

Of the 105,183 registered voters in the city, the total number of voters who actually voted in the 163 clustered precincts was 86, 860 with an 82.57 percent voter’s turnout.

In the SP race, Maybelyn Rose dela Cruz-Fernandez topped the race anew  for the third consecutive times in her last and final  term of office. She was joined by her teammates in the Team Belen Dennis Canto, a newcomer; and incumbents Alvin Coquia; Jose Netu Tamayo; Jeslito Seen and Marvin Fabia.

Luis Chito Samson Jr. placed second in the overall tally, followed by Redford Christian Erfe-Mejia. Independent candidate Nicanor Aquino landed on the sixth place while incumbent city councilor Guillermo Vallejos completed the 10 elected members of the SP.

The winning members of the SP were officially proclaimed as duly elected members of the city council on May 10 at the Sagguniang Panlungsod Hall.

Fernandez thanked the Lord Almighty for giving her another opportunity to be of service to the city.

“Itutuloy po natin ang unliserbisyo and we will give more attention to education,” said Fernandez.

On the other hand, Siaden reported that the election in the city was generally peaceful and orderly with the help of the Philippine National Police under Police Superintendent Christopher N. Abrahano and the other volunteer groups like the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Siaden admitted though that six contingency Voters Counting Machine (VCM) of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) were used when several VCMs bogged down on the day of the election and extended the transmission of election returns in some precincts up to 7:00 a.m. the following day.

“Nonetheless the election proceeded smoothly without any untoward incident and we are grateful for that,” said Siaden. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/May 10, 2016)

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