Former Ilocos Norte governor and outgoing city councilor Michael Marcos Keon has been proclaimed as the new elected mayor of Laoag with a vote of 29,679.
Keon defeated outgoing mayor Chevylle Fariñas, who garnered 28,138 votes out of the total 59,838 valid ballots.
For almost three decades, Laoag City has always been a stronghold of the Fariñas clan.
In his first speech as the new mayor of Laoag, Keon thanked the people of Laoag and supporters for their help in making him win the election.
“This victory is the victory of the people. Rest assured the promises we made will be fulfilled. That we understand the responsibility that is facing up and we will take it very seriously. We fought very hard and I salute my rival,” he said in a media interview.
On his first 100 days, Keon said he will start cleaning up the Laoag City market and deal with the many issues confronting the Laoag City General Hospital (LCGH).
“I will hold office at the LCGH so I would know what is happening there on a day-to-day basis. I will overhaul the city administration whether I like it or not, and it’s good to have a very hardworking and talented vice mayor and the other Sanggunian. There are so many things to work on to and we are ready to serve the people of Laoag,” he said.
Over the years, the Marcos and Fariñas families are sometimes allies, and sometimes rivals.
But the relationship turned more sour when outgoing Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, along with some members of the Congress, initiated an investigation on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s share of tobacco excise taxes under the leadership of outgoing Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos.
The House committee on good government and public accountability later recommended the filing of administrative and criminal cases against officials and employees of the provincial government, who are involved in the alleged anomalous purchase of 110 units of minicabs. (PNA)