ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews/29 June) — Hours after he was sworn into office for his third and last term, Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez announced he was going to get married late this year.
Before select visitors and in the presence of his parents, Dominguez confirmed reports he is tying the knot at age 33.
“Yes, I’m getting married on December 29,” and pointed to his fiancée, Patricia Ang of Davao City, who was accompanied by her parents.
Dominguez was the second youngest governor in the country (and Mindanao’s youngest governor) when he was first elected in 2004 at the age of 27.
“Better get used to being one,” he teased his fiancée.
Dominguez made the announcement at the “very private affair” at Isla Parilla, which turned out into an engagement party.
The public reception for Monday’s inaugural was at the Kasfala Hall at the Capitol Grounds.
Earlier, during his inaugural speech, Dominguez said the previous six years of his office was “a rewarding – even if challenging – six years for me and I will look ahead at the next three years as a completion, nay full circle, of my public life.”
He also egged fellow elected officials that included Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao to “rise above political and ideological differences to ensure that peace will reign in order for progress and development to come in.”
The two top officials in the province, along with the rest of newly elected officials, were sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio Monday morning.
Urging fellow officials to work together, Dominguez said “it is time for us to cast aside our political affiliations, do away with our political and personal differences and march forward in unison.”
Dominguez was appointed president of the Lakas-CMD party last year but resigned shortly before the election when defeated presidential standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro quit as party chairman.
Dominguez said he will remain a Lakas-CMD member but joined the “reformist block” within the party.
He also revealed that the Liberal Party has been wooing him to join the political party of President-elect Benigno Aquino III. (MindaNews contributor Edwin G. Espejo writes for http://asiancorrespondent.com).