Brian Lim edges Belen Fernandez


DAGUPAN City Vice Mayor Brian Lim will be the city’s new mayor starting June 30 after defeating incumbent Mayor Belen Fernandez in their one-on-one duel last May 13.

Lim, (Nacionalista Party) accounted for 49,156 votes against Fernandez (Lakas), 47,917 votes.

Though she lost her reelection bid, Fernandez managed to make all members of her party, except Councilor Guillermo Vallejos, win.

Her runningmate, Bryan Kua won by landslide with 52,532 votes over former Councilor Alfie Fernandez with 41,888 votes.

Seven of the 10-man council seats were captured by the Belen’s Unliserbisyo Team and only three by the Lim team.

The race for city councilor was led by Librada Reyna-Macalanda (65,711 votes), Celia Lim (61,700), Michael Fernandez (60,300), Dennis Canto (58,421), Marvin Fabia (55,018), Karlos Liberato Reyna IV (53,986), Cisco Jay Flores (50,309), Jose Netu Tamayo (46,515), Luis Chito Samson (45,109) and Teresa Coquia (42,2976).

All the winning candidates were proclaimed by the City Board of Canvassers composed of City Elections Officer Michael Sarmiento, City Prosecutor Victoria Cabrera and City Schools Superintendent Lorna Bugayong on the night of May 13.

Fernandez thanked all those who supported her during the election when she conceded defeat, recognizing that the people of Dagupan have already spoken. 

She went on the air Wednesday over radio station Aksyon Radyo to belie a malicious rumor circulating that after she was defeated, she suffered a stroke and was rushed to the Villaflor Hospital.

In a phone patch radio interview, she said she was, in fact, continuing her work, visiting unfinished projects with City Engineer Jane Rosario.

She called on purveyors of fake news to stop the disinformation against her as she assured the peaceful transition of power to the new administration on or before June 30 this year.   

On Thursday, Mayor Fernandez led the inauguration of the newly opened Dagupan City Diagnostic Center and Lying-in Clinic beside the City Health Office. (Leonardo Micua)

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