CATBALOGAN MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST LADY MAYOR-ELECT STEP UY-TAN

With just a few Election Returns (ERs) left to be counted, the City Board of Canvassers (CBOC) have decided to proclaim Liberal Party (LP) bets Stephany “Step” Uy-Tan and her running mate Art Sherwin “Art” L. Gabon as the winners of the mayoralty and vice mayoralty races of Catbalogan City respectively.

The proclamation was held yesterday, May 16, 2013 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall to cement Uy-Tan’s place in history as the first female to be elected as mayor of this place.

As of the morning of same date, the Grouped Canvass Report (GCR) showed Step leading with 21, 739 votes while her opponent Michael Tan of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), only got 19,008 votes. The same GCR showed Gabon having 21, 208 while his opponent Manuel Van Torrevillas garnered 18,173 only.

The said figures that served as basis for the proclamation did not include votes from one precinct each from Barangays Canlapwas and Bunu-Anan and two precincts from Barangay Guindapunan due to corrupted CF cards. However, the legal counsel for Liberal Party, Atty. Simoun Cercado stressed that even if added up, the votes from the said aforementioned precincts will not affect the current standings.

Prior to her bid for the mayoral post, Step served as ex-officio member of the City Council as Vice President of the City Federation of Association of Barangay Chairmen from 2007 to 2010. In the 2010 elections, she sought a seat in the City Council and succeeded after she received the most number of votes.

On the other hand, this is Tan’s first foray into politics. A scion of the province’s dominant political dynasty, he is the youngest son of incumbent Congresswoman Milagrosa Tan and is sibling to incumbent Governor Sharee Ann Tan and incumbent Vice Governor Stephen James Tan. Another sister, Angeline Tan and his uncle, Arnold Tan are also seeking a post in this election as Calbayog City Mayor and 1st District Representative respectively.

Gabon is running for a second term as Vice Mayor. He started out as a 3-term member of the then Municipal Council and served as the City Administrator upon the conversion of Catbalogan into a city. It was then that he was appointed as Councilmember to fill the additional posts in the legislative branch that came with being a city. Torrevillas also served as a Councilmember and then as a Vice Mayor for three consecutive terms. He was defeated in his bid for a congressional seat in the previous 2010 elections.

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