La Union incumbent lawmaker suffers huge upset in dramatic vote turnabout


BAGUIO CITY (May 11, 2022)—-  Second district lawmaker Sandra Eriguel suffered a huge political upset Monday in what political observers see, would nail her future electoral dreams to naught.

This aside from the lawmaker’s daughter Steph, who also suffered the same fate as her mother in a heart-pounding end at the mayoralty race in Agoo town, also in La Union.

Former Tubao mayor Dante Sotelo Garcia, already proclaimed Tuesday morning by the La Union provincial board of canvassers, victoriously snatched the post from Eriguel Monday garnering a total of 134,938 nods as against 114,314 or over 20,000 votes.

At the 2019 three-cornered fight with Eriguel, Garcia only took away more than 69,000 votes against Eriguel’s over 120,000.  Thomas Dumpit Jr. oly got around 30,000.

“This victory is a victory of all especially those dreaming for change,” the victorious Garcia remarked. He though said he is offering his hand for reconciliation with his opponent and all her supporters to head towards thw Second District’s greatness and march to development.

Garcia’s centerpiece program’s mantra, he explained, simply revolves around “bringing the government closer to the people”.  He said,  all should benefit from the government, “not the other way around”.

The incoming lawmaker, whose public life started as a young leader in the Sangguning Kabataan movement in his hometown in Tubao,  said there is only one focus of my leadership— the people’s welfare.

Artemio A. Dumlao