Sons to replace fathers as mayors

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


DAGUPAN CITY -- These sons will soon lead their respective towns, taking the helm from their fathers who either had slide down as vice mayor or are leaving politics.

The tandem of Calasiao Councilor Mark Roy Macanlalay and his father, incumbent Mayor Roy Macanlalay, earned the trust and confidence of their constituents when they were elected as mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

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The 26-year-old Mark Roy is said to be the youngest elected mayor in the province of Pangasinan.

In San Manuel town, Vice Mayor Alain Jericho Perez and his father Mayor Salvador Perez will trade places come July 1.

The young Perez won for mayor against retired Vice Admiral Virgilio Marcelo while his father won the vice mayoralty post against Marcelo's brother.

Had it not for the fatal shooting of the late mayor Julian Resuello of San Carlos City in 2007, he and his son (incumbent) Mayor Julier Resuello could have been the first father and son tandem in the province of Pangasinan to run and trade posts.

The Resuello patriarch who was then on his last term as mayor ran for vice mayor, while his son Julier who was then vice mayor ran for mayor.

About two weeks, however, before the May 2007 election, the elder Resuello was gunned down during the city fiesta coronation night. He died days later.

Julier eventually won as mayor while his younger brother Joseres who substituted for their father was elected vice mayor. The brothers were re-elected last May 10 for their second term. Another brother, former Board Member and Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial President Jolly Resuello, ran and won as municipal councilor at the neighboring town of Basista.

Other candidates who were successful in their bid to succeed their spouses are Ma. Georgina "Manay Gina" de Venecia of the fourth congressional district (to replace husband Congressman Jose de Venecia Jr.); Sison Mayor Carmen "Kimi" Cojuangco (to succeed fifth district Representative Mark Cojuangco); former Pozorrubio mayor Art Chan (elected to replace wife, incumbent Mayor Emma Chan); and Mrs. Dita Abrenica who will succeed her third termer-husband Villasis Mayor Nonato Abrenica.

Meanwhile, 21 of the 23 reelectionist mayors won. The two others suffered an upset, their opponents winning by a close margin.

Sta. Barbara Mayor Reynaldo Velasco lost his second term bid to former mayor Lito Zaplan by less than 300 votes, while Binmaley Mayor Simplicio Rosario will not have the privilege of a third and last term as he lost to businessman Lorenzo Cerezo by 666 votes. (LCMY/Sunnex)

Sons replace fathers mayors

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