Incumbent Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III has no plans yet to retire from politics despite the election loss.
In a media interview yesterday, May 14, Espinosa said his defeat was just a “temporary setback.”
“Kinanglan sigehon naton nga ang aton lawas nga maayo…1,095 days man lang ni election na naman, tan awon ta…I shall return,” he said.
Espinosa was defeated by his brother-in-law, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas, in the mayoral race.
The outgoing mayor said he respects the results of the elections on Monday, May 13.
“We respect the results kag kinanglan mag-updanay naman ang nagbinahin bahin. Amo na na ang resulta, ok lang,” Espinosa said.
“Tapos na ang election, it is time for reconciliation. Ulupdanay naman kita tanan. To all of you thank you for the support,” he further said.
Espinosa said he would focus on his family and civic works after he steps down from office on June 30, 2019.
“Kadasig man sang tinion…lie low kita anay gamay pero ara kita gihapon as our capacity as a private individual.”
Espinosa said his doors are open for for a reconciliation with Treñas.
In an interview over radio station Bombo Radyo-Iloilo, Treñas said he is not open to reconciliation with Espinosa.
“I find this as the most vicious elections in my career. I will never forget this and all the attacks against me and my family. Let us move forward.”
Treñas was proclaimed as mayor of the city on Tuesday, May 14.IMT