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VM Baldo assumes vacant Daraga mayor post

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara appointed vice mayor Carlwyn Baldo as mayor of Daraga town on Friday after 70-year-old Mayor Gerry Jaucian died also on Friday before dawn due to a lingering illness.

Jaucian, the concurrent chairperson of League of Mayors of the Philippines-Albay chapter, died at past 1:00 a.m. Friday at University of Santo Tomas hospital in Legazpi City. He was also the president in Island Cluster Luzon from 2013 to 2016 and national adviser LMP from 2016 until his death.

Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda, cousin of the late mayor, said Jaucian served in Daraga town for 24 years.

Earlier, Baldo assumed the post as chief executive in Daraga in absence of Jaucian due to his health condition. On Friday, Baldo officially took his oath as mayor of the town following the demise of mayor Jaucian after battling some illness for several months.

Top councilor Victor Perete also assumed his post as vice mayor following law of succession.

The wake for the mayor is being held at his residence in Maroroy village. (PNA)