SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Ortega clan still holds power in La Union after seven of their eleven candidates in various local positions emerged winners in the May 9 elections.
Result showed that First District Representative Pablo C. Ortega, the incumbent San Fernando City mayor, defeated his rival, an Ortega by wide margins. He garnered 37,779 votes while Mannix obtained 6,625
Pablo is the younger brother of incumbent Gov. Manuel Ortega and incumbent Rep. Victor Ortega.
Francisco Emmanuel ‘Pacoy’ Ortega won in the gubernatorial race in the gubernatorial race against his rivals, his uncle Mario Ortega; Henry Bacurnay, Jr., ; and former Rep. Thomas Butch Dumpit; and Clark Field Arroño.
Other Ortega family members who won easily in their reelection bids are board members Francisco ‘Kit’ Ortega Jr. and Jayjay Ortega-Orros, San Fernando City Vice-mayor Alfredo Ortega together with city councilors Paolo Ortega and Monetski Ortega.
Reports also showed that Roberto “Bungo” Ortega won as councilor of Baguio City.
Clan members who failed who failed in their first election bid are Michelle Ortega, Roberto’s daughter, who lost in the mayoral race in Caba, La Union.
Former board member Pepe Ortega also lost in the second race for the vice- mayoral race in San Fernando.
In San Fernando City, La Union the Ortega clan’s mayoral bet former Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega, the Liberal Party’s standard bearer, lost to the independent candidate Hermenegildo ‘Dong’
Gualberto, the incumbent city vice-mayor. Jun Elias with Erwin Beleo/northboundasia.com