#TalkThursday with Kaka Bag-Ao
MANILA, Philippines - Rappler speaks to congresswoman-elect, Kaka Bag-Ao.
By a margin of 3,248 votes, Bag-ao emerges victorious over Gwen Ecleo in a symbolic congressional race in Dinagat Islands.
Her win disrupts the almost 50-year political reign of the Ecleos in the province. Their dominance was sustained by religion and patronage with most of the province's residents belonging to the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, a cult founded by Ruben Ecleo Sr.
Shortly after her proclamation, reform-minded Bag-ao said, "I'm happy because there's hope and there are voters who believe change is possible." Earlier, Liberal Party spokesperson, Miro Quimbo told Rappler, she represents what President Aquino believes in.
Previously, Bag-ao served as an Akbayan representative and more recently, as the designated caretaker of Dinagat Islands.
Is she ready to navigate Dinagat Islands' tricky territory? Bag-ao will share with us her thoughts and ideas.
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