SAN FERNANDO CITY , La Union, By Jun Elias – All the eight incumbent mayors in the first district of La Union and hundreds of village leaders and youth leaders have endorsed the congressional bid of Mayor Pablo Ortega in the May 2016 elections.
Based on a resolution obtained by The STARNL, the mayors are Ruben Valero of San Juan , Victor Marvin Marron of Luna, Joy Merin of Bangar, Divina D. Velasco of San Gabriel, Al-fred Concepcion of Balaoan, Daisy Sayangda of Santol, Wendy Joy Buquing of Sudipen, and Bacnotan town Mayor Francis Fontanilla.
The 1st Congressional District is composed of eight towns including the City of San Fernando while the 2nd Congressional District comprises 11 municipalities.
“Considering his public service record and genuine dedication in advancing the common will, the Mayors of the 1st District of La Union find him fit and suited to serve as District Representative of the 1st Congressional District of La Union,” reads part of the resolution.
Ortega and the eight mayors are now members of the Liberal Party.
It was learned that one hundred percent of municipal and village officials and youth leaders and organizations in Santol, San Gabriel , Bangar and Sudipen have signified their full support for Ortega’s candidacy.
“It is with pride and honor to endorse Hon. Mayor Pablo C. Ortega of the City of San Fernando as the official candidate for Representative of the 1st Congressiopnal District of La Union,” the supporters said in the resolution.
Ortega said that he also received full support from municipal and village officials, both incumbents and incoming candidates, in the towns of Balaoan, Luna and San Juan .
He said that the 58 of the 59 barangays in San Fernando City are endorsing him including his elder brother Cong. Victor Ortega, the outgoing Representative of the 1st Congressional District.
Lito Fontanilla, who is running for the mayoral position in Bacnotan, said that 44 of the town’s 47 village officials have manifested their support for Ortega.