Mayor-elect Gerandy Danao of Narra, Palawan is determined to provide support for those in the marginalized sectors especially fisherfolk and small farmers to improve their lives under his incoming administration.
Danao, 53, who won in a surprising fashion in just his first foray in politics was himself an ordinary farmer tending goats and swine in the coastal village of Panacan before being voted as mayor in the last elections.
“For 30 years, the people of Narra can relate to ‘Noty’ Danao because he is like them. He is just a farmer and fisherman,” Edmund Gastanes, of Sulong Palawan said.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson expressed his support and admiration to Danao after learning his story and how he toppled a local political giant.
“Mayor-elect Gerandy Danao is one big inspiration in politics. He used to tend a small goat farm until he defeated a political dynasty in Narra, Palawan,” Lacson said.
“He needs help from the national government and all the guidance so that he will not be eaten by the (rotten) system of dirty politics,” Lacson added.
Danao defeated Lucy Demaala in the Narra mayoralty race by a meager margin of 1,000 votes.
He got 15,062 votes against his opponent’s 14,029, Gastanes said.
Gastanes said the latter’s predecessors the Demaala political clan had failed the people of Narra.
They had been in power since 1986 when President Corazon Aquino appointed Clarito Demaala as the town’s officer-in-charge.
Lawyer Clarito and his wife Lucena Demaala had been alternating as the town mayor since 1988 until their defeat in the just-concluded 2019 local elections.