CAMARINES Sur Governor Miguel Luis “Migz” Villafuerte was proclaimed provincial chief executive for the third time Thursday, winning by 5,445 votes over C. Sur 1st district Congressman Rolando Andaya Jr.
Villafuerte garnered 413,592 votes against Andaya’s 408,592, giving him a new three-year term as head of Bicol’s biggest province.
But prevailing issues on: poverty, lacked of basic social and health services, insufficient programs on agriculture, and the question of good governance hounds the young governor on his third and last term.
In Libmanan, C. Sur, the biggest town of the province with 75 villages, Malou Camba, a local government employee appealed over TV broadcast for “Migz” Villafuerte to initiate reforms in his last term, and remove too much “political patronage”, that had caused squabbles among Libmanan officials, resulted to a series of suspensions of Mayor Bernard Brioso by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Camba said “it is the LGU employees, who suffered from Brioso’s suspensions, with the employees having no salaries for four-months,” as a result of the Capitol ordered suspensions. Similar appeals were made from other municipalities, as record showed the Capitol suspension orders were implemented in non-ally Mayors of Pili, Sagñay, Garchitorena, Lagonoy and the Sangguniang Bayan of Cabusao, C. Sur.
The recent polls election, 19 mayors elected were all Villafuerte’s allies, with 16 mayors aligned with Andaya.
The Election of Vice-Gov. Imelda Papin, Bicol’s song bird, who already served from 1998 to 2004, under then Gov. Luis R. Villafuerte, (Migz’s grandfather) has also added to “Migz’s” allies at the C. Sur.