North Cotabato Governor-elect Nancy Alaan Catamco offered Monday a hand of peace and reconciliation to her rivals in the recently concluded polls to help bring the province to greater heights.
In a statement, Catamco, outgoing House representative for North Cotabato’s 2nd district, said it is now time to move on and work for the further growth of the province.
“I urge all candidates who did not make it in the recent polls to amplify concern for the public welfare, and respect the result of the elections,” Catamco said.
“Let’s show to our people that we respect their decision,” added Catamco, even as she assured permanent provincial government employees that they will not be “displaced” for supporting her rival, Mayor Roger Taliño, father of Vice Governor-elect Emmylou Taliño – Mendoza.
“You have nothing to fear. Vindictiveness is not my attitude. Just continue working,” Catamco said.
Catamco garnered a total of 272,249 votes as against Taliño’s 268,718 during the May 13 mid-term polls.
Taliño-Mendoza, the outgoing provincial governor, had 326,718 votes as against 209,064 votes of outgoing provincial Board Member Socrates Piñol, Catamco’s running mate. Catamco, a Manobo, is the first governor from the indigenous people’s community of North Cotabato. (PNA)
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