Mayor Ernesto Evangelista is assured of reelection in the May 9 polls due to his strong political will, vision and leadership, his greatest legacy that marked the successful implementation of his administration’s various programs, projects, and services.
Tatay Erning, for transforming Santo Tomas into one of the most peaceful and progressive municipalities in Davao del Norte, is expected, with his victory in the coming election, to break the so-called ‘one-term only jinx’ that hounded with defeat all previous town mayors who sought reelection.
Evangelista’s ride to an easy win is beefed up by strong constituents’ support and the inspiration and support of President Rodrigo Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
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Prior to the filing of Certificate of Candidacy for the May election, Mayor Sara advised that her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) should not field a candidate against Mayor Evangelista (Reporma).
The advise apparently is rooted on Mayor Sara’s long-time friendship with Santo Tomas municipal administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina, daughter of Mayor Evangelista.
Before taking the Santo Tomas administrator’s post, Elisa worked with Mayor Sara’s legal office at the Davao City Hall.
She was also appointed as Action Officer of PEACE 911, an anti-insurgency project of Mayor Sara that freed Davao City’s mountain district of Paquibato from the long years of control and influence by the New People’s Army (NPA).
Mayor Sara’s order was dismissed by Rep. Alan Dujali. the HNP lead man in the 2nd District, who fielded a candidate against Mayor Evangelista .
The Evangelista reelection bid however is unruffled by the weak challenge of the neophyte riival fielded by Dujali despite Mayor Sara’s advise.