La Union Governor and San Fernando City mayoral candidate Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III has condeded to reelectionist Mayor Dong Gualberto.
The North Luzon politiko admitted defeat and congratulated Gualberto in a Facebook post on Wednesday, May 11.
“In La Union, we make peace. ‘There is no room for leadership if there is too much politics.’ Salamat sa inyong suporta. Lubos akong nagpapasalamat. Your support has been overwhelming!” said Ortega.
“I received almost half of the votes and I don’t intend to divide the City. I only wish for us to move forward as one City…. Congratulations, Mayor Dong! GOD bless you and the work of your hands,” he added.
Gualberto won his reelection bid with 33,284 votes while Ortega only got 32,446 votes.