GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 27 (PNA) -- South Cotabato province’s newly elected officials will take their oaths of office on Friday in a historic oath-taking ceremony slated at the provincial gymnasium in Koronadal City.
South Cotabato governor-elect Daisy Avance-Fuentes said Thursday all elected provincial-level officials in the area have agreed to take their oaths together despite their different political affiliations as a symbol of peace and unity in the province.
“This will be done for the first time in the history of the province and I am happy with these turn of events,” she said.
Fuentes, who bannered the administration-backed Liberal Party-Nationalist People’s Coalition (LP-NPC) slate in the area in the last May 13 elections, said they will take their oaths of office before Regional Trial Court Branch 26 Judge Roberto Ayco.
Joining Fuentes is outgoing provincial board member and vice governor-elect Cecile Diel, who was the running-mate of defeated reelectionist Governor Arthur Pingoy Jr. of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Judge Ayco will also administer the oathtaking of the elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan or provincial board.
In the first district, the elected board members are Glezel Trabado (LP-NPC),Romeo Tamayo (LP-NPC) and Jobeelyn Baitus-Corilla (UNA).
The second district board members are Vicente de Jesus (LP-NPC), Ma. Ester Catorce (UNA), Ellen Grace Subere-Albios (LP-NPC), Ervin Luntao (UNA), Agustin Dema-ala (LP-NPC), Romulo Solivio (UNA) and Samuel Ladot (UNA).
Fuentes said elected representatives Pedro Acharon Jr. (LP-NPC) of the first district and Ferdinand Hernandez (LP-NPC) of the second district will join the oath-taking rites.
She said Acharon, who previously took his oath with party mates in this city, decided to join Fuentes’ group after majority of the administration’s stalwarts led by Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio lost their reelection bids in last month’s polls.
Meantime, reelected Koronadal City Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena (NPC) and two elected councilors of his slate -- Rebecca Bona (NPC) and Rene Jumilla (Nacionalista Party) -- will take their oaths on Friday before Fuentes.(Media ng Bayan)