By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—Congressman Jerry Treñas is set to return as the mayor of this city after a resounding win over his brother-in-law and the incumbent, Jose Espinosa III, in last Monday’s elections.
Treñas had 134,143 votes or 62.6 percent in the six-way race. Espinosa garnered 65,724 votes. Dr. Pacita Gonzales, the widow of justice secretary Raul Gonzales Sr., placed third with 11,934 votes.
Treñas’ win may be bittersweet since the mayoralty race also turned out to be a family feud between Treñas and Espinosa, whose wives are sisters.
During his proclamation, Treñas vowed to continue programs pushing the massive growth of the city. It was during his term as mayor in 2001-2010 that the groundwork for the city’s growth was initiated and later implemented by now dismissed mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
Treñas’ ticket also won the other top posts including the seats for congress and vice mayor.
Julienne Baronda is set to become the city’s first female congressional representative, when she won with 115,148 votes, while incumbent Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon won with 119,112 votes.
Reelected as city councilors were Love Baronda, Jay Treñas, Armand Parcon, Ely Estante, Lyndon Acap, Mandrei Malabor, Ed Peñaredondo, and Candice Magdalane Tupas.
Elected into the city council are Rudolph Ganzon, Rommel Duron, Jojo Javellana, and Alan Zaldivar.