The votes have been cast. The people have spoken.
The Liberal Party’s Team Mandaue swept the elections with an overwhelming victory that claimed not only the two top City government positions but 8 ouf ot 10 council seats as well.
As early as 11 p.m. on the day of the elections, Team Mandaue already extended a reconciliatory offer to the rival camp (Nagkahiusang Mandauehanon) to join hands for the sake of Mandaue.
Mayor Cortes retained his renowned humble stance during his proclamation which he celebrated with a thanksgiving mass. Addressing his constituents, the re-elected Mayor said: ” Stand up and be counted and let us make our city, a city full of opportunities.”
As if in response to pre-election criticisms from rival Nerissa Ruiz, Mayor Cortes announced that foremost in his “things to do” as soon as he assumes office on June 30 would be to recommend to the City Council the purchase of 27 garbage trucks—one for each barangay—and to continue the asphalting of roads using the Annual Investment Plan fund of P27 million.
With 8 out of 10 councilors on his side now, Mandaue can expect a realization of this promise. The new set of councilors from Team Mandaue include:
- Diosdado Suico,
- Beethoven Andaya,
- Demetrio Cortes Jr.,
- Jefferson Ceniza,
- Jimmy Lumapas,
- Atty. Nenita Layese,
- Ben Basiga and
- Elston Dabon.
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- “Cortes gets 2nd Term as Mayor” by SunStar’s Oscar Pineda
- “Cortes, Bercede Proclaimed Winners” by The Freeman’s Flor Z. Perolina