La Union’s Ortegas win most positions

May 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – They won most, they lost some.
The Ortegas of La Union province won most of the political seats they ran for, but two of them did not make it to the winning circle, and some of them were split in their decisions to support candidates, family or not.
Three brothers all won their last terms: Eldest brother Victor for congressman of the first district, Manuel (Manoling) Ortega as governor, and Pablo for mayor of San Fernando City.
But another brother Jose (Pepe) lost to Gualberto Dong, the incumbent vice mayor who ran as independent, for the vice mayor seat of San Fernando City.
Some Ortegas were divided in this particular position..
While Pablo and Pepe are actually running mates under the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Pablo supported Dong while Congressman Victor supported Pepe.
“The heads of the city’s 59 villages endorsed Pepe so we supported him,” former San Fernando City Mayor Mary Jane Ortega said.
However, when the last ballot was counted, Pepe lost by around 1,700 votes to Dong.
Whatever “cracks” the past political exercise opened have been healed however, as Pablo went to the Ortegas’ ancestral house right after the elections, Mary Jane said.
Pablo’s son Francisco Paulo V and Manoling’s son Alfredo won seats in the San Fernando City council.
Another Manoling’s son Francisco (Pacoy) is most likely to get the second seat of the Abono Partylist group.
Brother Francisco (Kit) also won as provincial board member of the first district.
The Ortegas’ “exports” – former Baguio police chief Roberto (Bobby) also won as councilor of Baguio City while his won Robert likewise won as councilor in Manila.
Bobby’s daughter Michelle however, lost as mayor of Caba to incumbent Mayor Clyde Crispino by 270 votes.
Mary Jane said Michelle was not supported by his uncle, Governor Manoling for her bid as mayor because “he respected the decision of second district Rep. Eufranio Eriguel on the mayoral candidates in the district.”
“We actually discouraged Michelle from running, telling her we could not support her because of political subdivision. We belong to the first district while Caba is in the second district. But to show our support to her as a family, we attended her rally on May 8, but after getting a permission from (Eriguel),” Mary Jane said.
The two Ortegas’ lost means that bearing the political family was not a guarantee of winning, a resident said.

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