AGGABAO IS ISABELA'S 4TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN

Ilagan, Isabela, May 15, 2003   The district board of canvassers formally 
proclaimed lawyer Giorgidi Aggabao of the Nationalist People's Coalition 
(NPC) yesterday as the winner in the May 12 special elections in the 
province's fourth congressional district.

Vying for the congressional seat for the second time, Aggabao, former 
senior provincial board member, won over Dr. Asuncion Abaya (Lakas-NUCD), 
widow of the late Rep. Antonio Abaya whom he will succeed as fourth 
district congressman.

In the 2001 elections, Aggabao lost to the late Rep. Abaya, who succumbed 
to cancer last Feb. 26.

Based on the official tally, Aggabao garnered a total of 53,439 votes as 
against Mrs. Abaya's 41,974.

Supported by Gov. Faustino Dy Jr. and the mayors of seven towns in the 
fourth district, Aggabao topped the poll in the municipalities of San 
Isidro, San Agustin, Ramon, Cordon and Echague.

For her part, Mrs. Abaya, supported by Santiago City Mayor Jose Miranda, 
prevailed in Santiago City and Dinapigue and Jones towns.

Aggabao, a Bar topnotcher and successful law practitioner in Manila, would 
complete Rep. Abaya's unexpired term.  (Lito Salatan and Charlie Lagasca, Star)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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