MANILA -- Senator Loren Legarda was proclaimed the new congresswoman of the lone district of Antique province, after defeating former Governor Exequiel Javier.
Legarda secured 199,187 votes against the 69,716 votes of Javier, whose family has dominated Antique since 1986.
Javier sought to replace his son, incumbent Congressman Paolo Javier, who was defeated for governor by Rhodora Cadiao, marking the first election since 1987 that no Javier has won any position.
Legarda on Instagram said she will prioritize job creation, assistance for farmers and fishermen, water supply for upland municipalities, free education and allowance for students, medicines, and improvement of hospital facilities and rural health units.
“We are determined to do more in Antique in the next three years than has been done in the last 30 years, and prove that every province has the potential to bring prosperity to its people,” she added in a statement.
This was Legarda's first time to run for a seat in the House of Representatives. She served for 18 years in the Senate.
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