Loot offers reconciliation to Corro
(The Freeman) - May 19, 2016 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Daanbantayan mayor-elect Vicente Loot has offered reconciliation and peace to outgoing Mayor Augusto Corro.

Loot, in his letter dated May 16, told Corro that election was over and both of them had done their best.

"The people have decided and I admire the very few who have trusted me. Indeed, it was a very close - and a very slim margin," Loot said.

Loot requested Corro if he may be allowed to pay a courtesy call on him at the mayor's office any time this week.

He informed Corro that he is working forward for a smooth and colorful transition, and he, indeed salute the mayor for all that he has done for the town.

 "Your diligence and religiosity made wonders for Daanbantayan. There is not much that the Daanbantayanons could ask for," Loot said.

 Loot stressed that his request for a courtesy call is founded on the principle of openness and gratefulness.

 "I know you still have some dreams for our town, and I want to give it due consideration," he further said.

 Loot also informed Corro that he has designated former town councilor Zenas Dublin as liaison officer for the transition committee.

 "Looking forward to see you- and expecting with open heart your most needed help to make Daanbantayan go on," Loot added.

 Corro could not be reached for his reaction on the offer for reconciliation and request for a courtesy call.

 When Loot offered reconciliation immediately after his proclamation, Corro was reportedly saying that reconciliation is not for him to decide but for the people.

 Corro lost by a mere seven votes to Loot, husband of long-time town mayor Ma. Luisa "Malou" Loot. Malou also lost to Corro in the 2013 elections.

 Corro was seeking a second term under the banner of the Liberal Party when he lost to Loot on May 9 elections. Loot got 20,412 votes or seven votes ahead of Corro's 20,405 votes. — (FREEMAN)

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