Loren Legarda proclaimed winner of Antique Congress race
ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda was proclaimed around midnight Wednesday as representative-elect of Antique’s lone congressional district after defeating former Antique governor Exequiel Javier with a margin of 129,471 votes.
According to Commission on Elections data, Legarda garnered 199,187 votes while Javier, whose family dominated politics in Antique for three decades, got 69,716 votes.
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A new day has come for me and my home province of Antique. Such a sweet, hard-earned victory! At the proclamation tonight, I was grateful to all my kasimanwas for choosing me to represent them in Congress in a landslide win based on the certificate canvass of votes with 199,187 votes (74%) against former Governor and Congressman Exequiel Javier’s 69,716 votes (26%), the biggest margin in the history of Antique. I will prioritize measures that will provide jobs and livelihood to each of the 590 barangays, give assistance to farmers and fisherfolks, provide water to all esp. upland municipalities, achieve zero open defecation, provide free education and allowance to students, provide medicines, and continue to improve hospital facilities and rural health units. We will make Antique a model province for inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. I have so many dreams for Antique. Excited to accomplish them all. Duro-duro gid nga salamat! #LoveAntique #LoveIndayLoren ❤️ #HouseofRepresentatives #2019
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Legarda expressed excitement to serve her constituents.
The veteran lawmaker said she would prioritize measures that would provide jobs and livelihood to Antique residents.
“I have so many dreams for Antique. Excited to accomplish them all. Duro-duro gid nga salamat!”she wrote.
Legarda’s victory ended the 32-year rule of the Javiers in Antique.
This was Legarda’s first venture into local politics after serving as a senator for 18 years.
Legarda was born in Malabon City and only established her residency at Barangay Mag-aba in Pandan town on Jan. 1, 2018, citing family roots in filing her candidacy under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
In a statement, Legarda vowed “to do more in Antique in the next three years than (what) has been done in the last 30 years, and prove that every province has the potential to bring prosperity to its people.” (Editor: Cenon B. Bibe Jr.)
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