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Fish and vegetable vendor, elected as mayor in Eastern Samar

A market vendor of fish and vegetables was elected the new mayor of Dolores, Eastern Samar.

Rodrigo “Onoy” Rivera, 62, defeated his mayoral opponent Dr.  Zaldy Carpeso, brother of the incumbent mayor in the area.

Rivera's only vote lead was 562. He got 11,508 votes, while Dr.  Zaldy had 10,946 votes.

Rivera then served as barangay chairman for nine years in Gap-ang in Dolores.  He reached second year of high school.

When his term ended in 2010, Rivera sold fish and vegetables at the market.

Rivera's opponent is a political family but he was not discouraged to run as an independent candidate.

Despite the lack of funds, he was enthusiastic in his campaign, assisted by volunteers. He won the hearts of the residents because of his aspirations.

"Direkta akong nakikipag-usap sa mga tao. Inihain ko ang aking sarili sa kanila na isa ring mahirap. Inilatag ko ang aking mga plataporma para sa mga mahihirap na tulad ko,” Rivera said in a speech.


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