By Lyka Manalo
TANAUAN CITY, Batangas— Angeline ‘Sweet’ Halili, daughter of slain Mayor Antonio Halili topped this city’s mayoralty race.
Mayor-elect Halili was proclaimed Thursday after garnering 41,757 with more than 14,000 margin of votes to her closest rival, former Mayor Sonia Torres-Aquino.
Halili also defeated former Mayor and incumbent Board Member Alfredo Corona, former chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA-Lipa) Nancy Garcia and Macoy Valdez.
Her vice mayor, lawyer Junjun Trinidad and 6 councilors under Halili-Trinidad Team also won this midterm polls.
The young Halili thanked her supporters and promised that their team is now heading to continue the programs of her dad especially the installment of a public hospital in the city.
The former mayor was assassinated last July while attending a regular Monday flag ceremony in front of the newly-built city hall.
He became popular for his ‘Walk of Shame’ campaign where crime suspects were forced to parade themselves in a public area. The campaign reaped criticisms from human rights advocates.
This was Halili’s way to show how vigilant he was to eradicate crimes especially the rampant illegal drugs trade in the city.
Ironically, Halli was listed as one of the narco-politicians with an alleged involvement in illegal drug operations and he was stripped to his power on police supervision and control.
Mayor-elect Halili said drug-related issues are now concerned by the local government but more so with the police and other related enforcement agencies.
“Pagdating kasi diyan sa drug-related problems, that is the job of the PNP and different agencies, sa amin po iyan ay pag-uusapin namin, lahat ng iba’t ibang ahensiya kung paano namin masosolve ang problema dito sa aming siyudad pagdating po diyan” Sweet Halili said.
(Drug-related problems is the job of the PNP and different agencies, we will discuss on how to resolve it)
The young Halili who used to be from corporate world admitted that she has to seek advice from Atty.Trinidad in public governance.