The Guingonas' fall from political power

GINGOOG. Proclaimed winners of the Gingoog City elections including neophyte Councilor Conrado `Anjun' Gomez, 2nd from left, who is former governor of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for Northern Mindanao Region (NMR-1). (Contributed Photo)

THE Guingonas' dominance in Gingoog City politics came to an end after Ruthie Guingona and her daughter Marie lost to Erick Canosa and Peter Unabia in the mayoral and vice-mayoral races in the just-concluded midterm elections.

Canosa beat Ruthie for the city's top post with a margin of 6,120 votes while Unabia won against Marie in the vice-mayoral seat with a difference of 7,055 votes.

The poll body has proclaimed Canosa and Unabia around 8 p.m., Tuesday.

"Ang mga tawo nag-voice out na gyud nga they want new leaders gusto na og kausaban so we are thankful sa mga tawo nga nibarog uban kanamo," said Canosa.

Canosa vowed to bring more development and progress that the people have been aspiring for in the 15 years under the rule of the Guingona's.

"For 15 years nga nangulo ang mga Guingona nakita sa mga tao nga dili ingon ana ang pagsaka sa progress and development busa we are happy nga nakita sa mga tao ang vision and plans sa team CU (Canosa and Unabia),"he added.

The Canosa-Unabia tandem is poised to address the three main problems of the city which is unemployment, health and livelihood, through the "GOLD" program of the incoming administration.

Canosa said the "GOLD" program stands for good governance, opportunities for agriculture and tourism, livelihood development and implementation and delivery of basic services for health, education and social services.

The mayor-elect also said he would review the annual budget of the city on his first day in office.

Canosa said Gingoog City has P1 billion annual budget and it is 90 percent dependent on its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

"Atong tan-awon and distribution sa budget based on priority kung haom ba ug makatubag ba sa mga problema sa unemployment, health ug livelihood," Canosa said.

He said the new administration will also put up an investment promotions office to attract investors in the city.

Canosa also said he would install a 24/7 quick assistance center to aid residents on their needs even in the middle of the night.

"Kung maayo ang pang-gobyerno daghan negosyo mosulod ug daghan serbisyo atong matunol sa katawhan," Canosa said.


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