Senator Loren Legarda has ended the 32-year rule of the Javier dynasty in her home province of Antique with a promise to make the province a role model for sustainable development.

Legarda was proclaimed the new representative of the lone district of Antique to the House of Representatives, sweeping all of the province’s 18 towns, with 199,187 votes (based on the certificate of canvass of votes) against the 69, 716 votes of former Antique governor and Rep. Exequiel Javier — one of the largest margins of victory in the 2019 elections.

Javier sought to replace his son, incumbent Rep. Paolo Javier, who was defeated for the gubernatorial post by Rhodora Cadiao, marking the first election since 1987 that no member of the Javier family has won any position.

Despite the fact that the seasoned legislator faced an entrenched political dynasty, Legarda led all pre-election surveys, reflecting the overwhelming desire for change in Antique, which has the highest poverty incidence in Western Visayas according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“By the grace of God, we have become victorious. I thank all Antiqueños who voted for me, especially those who supported me from the start. This victory is not for me alone, but for Antique and the Antiqueños. Now that the election is over, we should start working together. I extend my hand to every Antiqueño–let us unite to defeat the real enemy, which is poverty,” said the veteran lawmaker.

“Let us unite to defeat the real enemy, which is poverty.”

“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,” the lady senator added.

“I ran for Congress to bring my two decades of Senate work to the grassroots, and make Antique a role model for sustainable development for the rest of the country,” she stressed.

“I ran for Congress to bring my two decades of Senate work to the grassroots.”

This is Legarda’s first entry into local politics, being at the end of her second consecutive term in the Senate. Legarda has served 18 years as Senator, championing causes such as environmental protection, sustainable development, and women and children’s rights.

As a three-term senator, she has crafted laws on education, such as the Free College Education Law; on health, such as the National Health Insurance Act of 2013; and on livelihood, such as the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), and Barangay Kabuhayan Act, among many other laws that address the various needs of Filipinos.

Aside from funding these laws, Legarda has also ensured that the government’s programs–free college education in state universities and colleges, free healthcare services, skills trainings, employment and livelihood programs from various agencies–reach all corners of the province.

She said that as Antique representative, she will ensure that her kasimanwas will continue to feel the improvement in their lives, as what is already happening in the province through her efforts to bring government services closer to the Antiqueños.


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