Ex-mayor bags Ecija Congress seat

GAPAN CITY -- Former city mayor Maricel Natividad-Nagaño emerged victorious in her fourth district congressional fight in Nueva Ecija, defeating two-term Rep. Magnolia Rosa “Megan” Antonino in the recently-concluded mid-term elections.

Nagaño, wife of re-elected San Leonardo Mayor Froilan “Elan” Nagaño Jr., trounced Antonino by 12,163 votes.

She was proclaimed winner by Atty. Jonalyn S. Sabellano, acting provincial election supervisor, after garnering 137,829 votes as against the 125,666 votes of Magnolia Rosa, daughter of former three-term Rep. Rodolfo “Rody” W. Antonino, of the National Unity Party.

A daughter of the late former three-term city mayor Ernesto “Eto” Natividad, Maricel, who ran under the banner of the People’s Reform Party, won in this city which is her bailiwick and in four of the seven towns comprising the province’s fourth district -- San Antonio, San Leonardo, Peñaranda, and Jaen, Megan bailiwick.

Maricel beat Megan in Jaen, the latter’s own turf by 1,287 votes. The former Gapan City mayor also won -- obtaining the biggest margin of votes in San Antonio with 8,082 -- in San Leonardo, also their bailiwick with 6,577 votes, in Gapan City with 2,185 votes and in Peòaranda with 519.

Maricel lost by a measly 11 votes in San Isidro, in Cabiao by 5,898 votes, and in General Tinio, 578.

Maricel is now hailed as the second politician from this city to become a member of Congress after the late former Congressman Nicanor “Jun” De Guzman Jr., who served in 1987 until his resignation in August 1990 after he was convicted by a Pasay City regional trial court for gun smuggling.

Meanwhile, three other re-electionist congresswomen in the province secured another term for their respective seats in Congress for the province’s first, second and third districts, beating their respective opponents during the elections.

They were Reps. Estrellita “Ging” Suansing (first dist.), Micaela “Mikki” S. Violago (second dist.) and Rosanna “Ria” Vergara (third dist.).