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Legarda proclaimed Antique House representative

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OUTGOING SENATOR Loren B. Legarda is moving to the House of Representatives after she was proclaimed winner in the race for Antique’s lone district with 199,187 votes. She defeated four other candidates, with her closest rival, former Antique governor and representative Exequiel B. Javier, getting 69,716 votes. Mr. Javier’s son Paolo is the incumbent representative, who also lost his bid for the governor’s seat. Before the elections, Ms. Legarda faced two disqualification cases filed by her opponents, questioning her residency in the province. The cases were dismissed in February by the Commission on Elections. In a statement after her proclamation, Ms. Legarda, who served 18 years in the Senate, said, “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 first-timer for a local position 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.”

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