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Santiago mayor-elect an engineer

SANTIAGO CITYA civil engineer won the mayoral race here, besting three opponents. Joseph Salvador Tan, 55, of the Liberal Party, had 24,750 votes, dominating 34 of 37 barangays to defeat Dr. Maximin Navarro, of UNA and the youngest son of last-term Mayor Amelita Navarro, along with Vice Mayor Alvin Abaya of NPC and former mayor Jose Miranda Sr. A Mapua Institute of Technology graduate, he headed Borstan Development Corp. and served as president of Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers. Tan said his term will be devoted to making Santiago the center of business and agriculture in Cagayan Valley anchored on an anti-poverty campaign, building houses and schools, creating jobs and livelihood opportunities, health and sanitation in the city. Runningmate lawyer Marcelino Cabucana also won together with Arlene Jane Alvarez Reyes as first councilor, re-electionist lawyer Nicky Bautista, lawyer Brenda Ragsac-Luna of NPC and lawyer Eduardo Dirige of UNA. The first-time councilors are Vincent Aggabao, nephew of re-electionist Isabela fourth district Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, Hexilon Alvarez, son of former Senator Heherson Alvarez, and Woolmart owner Wolfrando Lugod.
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