MANILA, Philippines – The Ilocos Sur Provincial Board of Canvassers on Sunday proclaimed Vice Mayor Ryan Luis Singson as the new congressman to represent the first district of Ilocos Sur, replacing his brother Ronald who was recently convicted of illegal drug possession by a Hong Kong court.
Singson won a total of 71,995 votes from his townsmen, defeating rival Bertrand Baterina, a lawyer, who had 30,445 votes.
Singson, together with his sisters, was teary-eyed when he received the news.
He considered the win an “early birthday gift." He will celebrate his 31st birthday this coming Wednesday.
The province held the special elections to find a replacement for Ronald, who resigned last March after being convicted for illegal drug possession in Hong Kong.
A Hong Kong court sentenced the former solon to one year and 6 months in prison.
Singson vowed to keep a clean slate as he takes hold of his Congress duties, saying he will take a drug test if necessary.
He stressed, however, that he will resume the pending projects of his brother Ronald.
On the other hand, the congressman’s father, Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson called on the rest of the province to cooperate with the new leader. – reports from Bryan Realgo, ABS-CBN News Ilocos and ANC