Market vendor wins mayoral race vs incumbent's brother in Eastern Samar town

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A market vendor and former barangay chairman who only finished second year high school won the mayoral elections in Dolores, Eastern Samar against a doctor, who is the brother of the incumbent mayor. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12) — A market vendor and former barangay chairman who only finished second year high school won the mayoral elections in Dolores, Eastern Samar against a doctor, who is the brother of the incumbent mayor.

Rodrigo “Onoy” Rivera, 62, seemed unlikely to win the election this year, given he had less machinery and money, only relying on people who knew him from the public market. He was up against Zaldy Carpeso, who had the backing of his brother, outgoing mayor Shonny Carpeso, who also won the vice mayor post.

"I asked help and thanked God. I thanked Him for granting my prayer. This victory is for the people, to provide the services that the people need, a service from the government that everyone can avail," said Rivera in Waray.

The mayor-elect added he is preparing plans to address problems concerning drainage, streetlights, classrooms and hospitals. He added that he will also focus on providing livelihood programs, and ensuring peace and order with the help of the military and the police force.

Joining Rivera in the local government would be vice-mayor-elect Shonny Carpeso, and newly elected members of the municipal council, of which six out of eight are allied with the municipality's previous administration.

Rivera was a barangay chairman for nine years in the village of Gap-ang in Dolores. After his term ended in 2010, he started selling fish and vegetables in the public market.

Tacloban-based journalist Wilmark Amazona contributed to this article