From the Panay News Facebook page (May 15, 2019): Upset win: Army general beats Sara’s Salcedo
ILOILO – Retired Philippine Army general Jon Aying is the incoming mayor of the municipality of Sara. He defeated Vice Mayor Jesus “Jay-r” Salcedo, son of outgoing Mayor Ermilita Salcedo, in Monday’s midterm elections.
Aying’s win puts a break to the three-decade Salcedo dynasty in the northern Iloilo municipality.
“Our priority is to end criminality, corruption and poverty in Sara,” said Aying yesterday.
The former commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division wanted to change the negative impression on Sara as a municipality with a serious law enforcement problem.
The people of Sara should feel safe, he stressed.
Aying, a resident of Sitio Proper, Barangay Aspera, Sara, was the candidate of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of President Rodrigo Duterte. He got 13,739 votes.
Salcedo, on the other hand, got 11,803 votes. He was the candidate for mayor of the Nacionalista Party.
Aying assured the people of Sara of “matarong nga pang-gobyerno” (righteous governance).
As a former law enforcer, said Aying, he understood what were needed to make Sara peaceful and orderly, and free from guns and goons.
“Klaro sa akon ang taktika, procedure, proseso kag estratihiya pang-militar kag pulis kon paano ma-neutralize ang ining mga maitom nga malain ginhawa nga nagahatag kakugmat kag kriminalidad sa aton mga pumoluyo,” said Aying.
Aying’s running mate, Jess Salcedo – a distant relative of the incumbent Salcedo mayor and vice mayor – also won with 12,326 votes, defeating Jay-r Salcedo’s running mate Esa Aldeguer who got 11,754 votes.
The former soldier said he was not satisfied with the performance of the Salcedos.
“Kon kuntento man lang ako, indi ako magpadalagan mayor,” said Aying who launched the movement Katilingban sang Katarungan, Katawhayan, Kauswagan sang Sara when he decided to run for mayor in October last year.
The mayor-elect said he would also implement more infrastructure projects in Sara such as public school buildings, bridges, and farm-to-market roads.
“Wala ko ‘ni gin gusto. Ang mga pumoluyo nga Saranhon nagasinggit sang patago kag ginaduso ako nga magdalagan mayor,” said Aying./PN