The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Brooke’s Point proclaimed Thursday night all the winning candidates of last Monday’s balloting but re-elected Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano was not present during the important event.
The winning candidates who were proclaimed on May 16 were newly-elected Brooke’s Point vice mayor Jaja Ordinario Quiachon and municipal councilors Rogelio Badua, Eliseo Crespo, Arturo Ferraris, Romeo Balean, Ed Lacandazo, Hayati Dugasan, Jamie Jane Lee, and Bernardo Abengoza Jr.
In a social media post on Friday, Feliciano said she is currently at the Bangkok International Airport (BIA) waiting for a flight that would take her to Madagascar to participate in the Madagascar-Philippine Learning Exchange on Mineral Governance.
Feliciano garnered 19,198 votes against rival Boyet Leoncio’s 14,361 from 34,644 out of 42,539 registered voters in Brooke’s Point.
In her post, she also expressed gratitude to her supporters, prayer warriors, coordinators, and leaders who not only gave moral support but also financial help during her campaign.
“Nais kong ipaabot ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng coordinators, leaders, supporters (moral at financial), prayer warriors, mga totoong kaibigan, mga kabataan, kasamahan sa trabaho, kapamilya at sa team pakyaw na naging instrumento upang ang inyong maliit na lingkod ay muling mailuklok sa kanyang huling termino,” she said.
Feliciano, who is popular as a feisty anti-mining activist, said her town residents can expect that she will protect the environment and serve them well in her last term.
“Makakaasa kayo na ating ipagpapatuloy ang panglilingkod na may [inset heart emoji] sa bayan, mamamayan at kalikasan sapagkat naniniwala tayo na ang paglilingkod sa tao ay paglilingkod sa Diyos. Ibinabalik ko ang lahat ng papuri, kaluwalhatian at pasasalamat sa ating Amang Banal sa pamamagitan ng ating Panginoong Hesus,” Feliciano posted.