Gov. Tan leads mass oath taking of Samar elected officials

Catbalogan City – Governor Sharee Ann Tan, who took a resounding victory over Emilio Zosa, her closest rival in the 2016 May elections, led the mass oath taking of Samar’s provincial and local elected officials at the Provincial Gymnasium, Capitol Grounds, this city on 28 June 2016.

Gov. Sharee Ann (right) and Congw. Mila (4th from left), are sworn in into office by Judge Agerico Avila before thousands of Samarnons in Provincial Gymnasium, Catbalogan City. (SNP Photo)
The oath taking rites was also attended by her mother, Congresswoman Milagrosa Tan (Samar 2nd District) who also won via landslide in the elections. Vice Governor Jimboy Tan, who was also to take his oath, was not able to make it due to illness. 

Present in the affair were Director Leo Cañeda (Department of Agriculture Region 8), Director Pedro Noval (Department of Interior and Local Government Region 8), Commanding General Vet Velarmino (8 Infantry Division), Col. Perfecto Rimando (801st Infantry Brigade), PSSupt. Rommel Cabagnot (Samar Provincial Police Director) and PSupt. Edwin Barbosa (Catbalogan City Chief of Police). 

Governor Tan and Representative Tan were sworn in by Judge Agerico Avila. Both the governor and the congresswoman will be serving their third and final term in their respective offices. 

Tan, in her inaugural speech, underscored the importance of unity in the province now that the election is over. “Nahuman na election, nananawagan ako hin pagkaurosa naton para yana nga panahon hingalimtan naton an pagkabingkil-bingkil (The election is finished and I am calling for unity on all parties so that we can forget our animosities),” Tan said in her statement. 

The governor also thanked her supporters for sticking with her and her entire political team up to the final stretch of the campaign to ensure the win. 

Congresswoman Tan meanwhile said that she remains hopeful that those who did not support them will realize that what they are doing for the province and her district is truly for the development of Samar and its constituents. 

“Kun waray man makabulig han yana nga eleksyon, it might be ha sunod nga eleksyon or bisan diri eleksyon, magkakaurosa ngan magkakaburublig kita kay paprehas kita mga Samarnon, (If you were not able to join us these elections, it might be that in the next elections we can be together and help each other because we are all Samarnons)” the governor said referring to their political nemesis. 

Catbalogan Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan, wife of Vice Governor Jimboy, was also among those sworn into her third term as the local chief executive of the city. To recall with, the mayor and her father, former Mayor and now City Councilor Tekwa Uy, supported the opponent of the Tans in the previous elections but decided to join the governor’s team this 2016 elections. 
 The provincial chief also highlighted in her message thanking her supporters in Sta. Margarita and Calbayog City for risking their lives during the campaign. Calbayog City and other parts of Samar’s first district were marred with series of killings during the election period. 

“Nagpapasalamat ako ha iyo kay extraordinary an iyo gin tapo didto hini nga mga lugar (I would like to thank you because what you went trough was extraordinary),” governor Tan said to her supporters in the first district. 

Also sworn in were the elected municipal officials of Motiong, Hinabangan, Tarangnan, Pagsangjan, Tagapul-an, Pinabacdao, Calbiga, Sta. Margarita, Daram, Zumarraga, San Sebastian, Sta. Rita, Talalora, Jiabong and Hinabangan. 

Officials from other municipalities opted to schedule separate oath taking activities in their respective towns, it was learned. (Bryan Azura)
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