- An indigenous leader won the mayoral race in Palawan
- Otol Odi had a big win against the administration-endorsed candidate
- Odi said that he will not allow foreign investors to overtake their place
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A tribal leader in Rizal, Palawan, won in the mayoral race. KAMI learned that mayor-elect Otol Odi, 77, wants to serve the Filipinos, most especially the indigenous peoples of Rizal.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Odi shared how overwhelmed he was to lead the mayoral race even if he had no money.
"Hindi po ako natakot. Tumakbo po ako wala akong pera pero ang tao na talaga ang nagdesisyon na bumoto sa akin para manindigan sa aming bayan," Odi said.
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Odi gained 8,575 votes, while his closest rival, Cesar Magsayay, who was supported by the administration, gained 4,814 votes.
“Ako po ay isang katutubo na panindigan ko ang aking bayan na hindi ako papayag na ang mga dayuhan ang mamuno sa aming bayan,” he said.
As reported by the Inquirer (author Romar Miranda), Odi was able to finish elementary. Therefore, one of his priorities as a mayor is education.
“Ito lang ang aming paraan upang umunlad ang aming buhay, ang edukasyon,” he said.
Odi also served as a barangay councilor and chairman of Punta Baja for about 20 years. His supporters are also for his victory, even the incumbent mayor who won as their new vice mayor.
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