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Grex Lagman is new Albay Governor

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Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman has taken his oath as the new governor of Albay after Noel Rosal was disqualified by the Commission on Elections.

“It is indeed providential that I have succeeded by operation of law to the governorship after the COMELEC en banc disqualified with finality former Governor Noel Rosal in a case of which I was not a party,” said Lagman.

“It should also be underscored that when I won as Vice Governor, with an overwhelming 463,879 votes, the voters were aware that under the law, I could succeed as Governor. Verily, my mandate included that possibility, which is now a reality,” he added.

Rosal sought for a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court to halt the implementation of the Comelec order disqualifying him but he failed to secure one.

“According to the Scriptures, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Now is the time to heal and rebuild Albay. The time to mend, the time for peace, the time to finally govern in good faith and with excellence,” said Lagman.

“As your new Governor, I pledge to the people of Albay to put premium on the interest and welfare of Albay over partisan and transactional politics,” he added.

“The Lagman brand of principled governance, accountability to the people, rejecting political vendettas, and integrity in public service will be the hallmark of my administration,” he continued.

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