Thousands of Malabonians gathered early morning of June 10, 2019 at the Oreta Sports Center to witness the oath-taking ceremonies of Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III along with other proclaimed local candidates.
Following that Monday’s flag-raising-ceremonies, Senate President Vicente Sotto III sworn in Mayor-elect Oreta to his office,who in turn orchestrated the oath of incoming Vice Mayor Bernard “Ninong” Dela Cruz with incoming city councilors Paulo Oreta,Jose Lorenzo Oreta, Dado Cunanan, Sonia Lim, Prospero Alfonso Mañalac and Leslie Yambao.
‘Pamilyang Malabonian’ aspirants in the recently concluded midterm and local polls were overwhelmingly favored by city electorate over most of its contenders, as per final official counts by the city Board of Canvassers headed by Comelec Election Officer Atty. Winston M. Gaffud.
Re-electionist Mayor Oreta was thus proclaimed Malabon chief executive for his third bid in office, garnering 100,795 votes, while incumbent Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval was accorded 56,156 votes.
Oreta’s running mates Jaye Lacson-Noel and Ninong Dela Cruz both bested incumbent Congressman Ricky Sandoval and Vice-Mayoral aspirant Atty. Maricar Torres respectively.
Down the line, 1st District City Councilors Edwin Lacson-Dimagiba, Paulo Oreta and (opposition bet) Payapa Ona along 2nd District Councilors Enzo Oreta, (independent contender) Dado Cunanan, Sonia Lim and Peng Mañalac retained office, former Councilors Jap Garcia, Leslie Yambao and Dan Dumalaog (1st District) along (opposition bets) Edward Nolasco and Nadja Vicencio were voted back as city legislators.
After more than a month of campaign sorties from March 29, Mayor Oreta was overjoyed of the trust and confidence Malabonians expressed in the elections.
In acknowledging his post Mayor Oreta stressed “This is just another start… we have a load of work to be done ahead of us! (Umpisa na naman ito… marami pa tayong kailangang gawin!).”
Elaborating on his upcoming program of governance, he vowed to sustain health and nutrition among Malabonians especially the youngsters, address the challenges on housing and resettlement, education, infrastructure development and others.
“Smoother implementation of city programs and delivery of needed public services can be expected to be better now since the city council and the congress will be helping us. (Mas marami ngayon tayong maipapatupad na programa at serbisyo-publiko dahil makakatulong sa atin ang sangguniang panlungsod at ang kongreso),” referring to the legislative tandem of Congresswoman Lacson-Noel and Vice-Mayor Dela Cruz who will preside over the incoming city council.
In his past terms, Oreta’s administration was recipient of more than 80 citations by respected bodies as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and a number of others.
“Since this is my last term I intend to undertake legacy projects that will truly benefit Malabonians and that I will be remembered for,” the mayor noted.(MALABON PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE)