BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia said his group is humbled by the new mandate from voters.

“You have spoken.  We are humbled by your will,” Leonardia said in a statement sent on May 15, 2019.

Leonardia defeated his opponent, former councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, by a big margin.

“The mandate you have given me and Grupo Progreso is overwhelming, unprecedented, historical,” he said.

“I had appealed for a 15-0 sweep and you listened. In fact, you gave us even more. You gave us margins over our opponents that no one before us has ever gotten. Although one of us is still fighting it out for the last council slot, we, in the GP family, do not miss your message, so loudly and clearly declared in the vote.”

Leonardia also thanked his wife Elsa and children EJ and Kara and the rest of their family. 

“Their love and support sustained and will sustain me as I pursue our people’s dreams,” he said.

“Most of all, I would also like to acknowledge and thank the support of many people from all walks of life who voted for us, and my GP partymates and GP organization that helped us wage this successful campaign.”