Husband and wife become colleagues in Congress

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FOR the first time in Cebu’s political history, a married couple will sit as members of the House of Representatives at the same time.

Cebu congresswoman-elect Daphne Lagon and her husband, reelected Ako Bisaya Party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon, won in their respective races in the May 9, 2022 polls.

Daphne, a neophyte politician, got 82,443 votes in a five-way race for the Cebu 6th District congressional seat. She will succeed outgoing Cebu Rep. Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon, who won the congressional seat for the newly created lone district of Mandaue City.

Daphne’s husband, Sonny, was successful in his reelection bid as party-list representative of the Cebu-based party-list group Ako Bisaya.

Sonny, a businessman and champion game fowl breeder, first won a seat as member of Ako Bisaya in the 2019 elections.

Ako Bisaya is one of the 55 party-list groups that were proclaimed winners by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Ako Bisaya got 508,481 votes or at least 1.41 percent of the national vote.

The party-list group was created by Lagon in 2011 to “facilitate the preservation of the Visayan culture and tradition and to provide skills training and financial assistance, especially to indigents.”

Both Sonny and Daphne are members of One Cebu, the administration party led by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Lagon vowed that he and his wife would implement various reforms including providing assistance to public schools in Cordova and Consolacion; providing additional funds to the Eversley Childs Sanitarium in Mandaue City and to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital to benefit their constituency in Consolacion and Cordova; and to provide congressional aid to the Consolacion Community College and Cordova Public College, among others.

In text messages sent to SunStar Cebu, Daphne said aside from supporting her husband’s current programs and projects, she also plans to pursue other infrastructure projects in her district, including a national road that would connect Consolacion town in her district and Tuburan town in the third district.

She also plans to pursue the construction of an elevated highway from Barangay Casili to Pitogo in Consolacion.

Both projects, Daphne said, would help address Consolacion’s traffic problem.

She said she will work on making Consolacion a city during her first term in Congress.

For Daphne, their victory in the elections is both “a blessing and a challenge.”

“It is a blessing having earned that distinction because not all couples are given that opportunity. But for me, it is more of a challenge and a constant reminder to do our best in the service of our constituencies,” she said.

Daphne said while she and her husband are both political neophytes, they hope to give back to their constituencies through public service.

“For us, politics is our way of paying it forward. Whatever blessings we received from above, we will share with our constituents, and we will fulfill our mandate with honesty and sincerity,” she added.

Outside of politics, Daphne has served as an official in her husband’s construction company since 1995.

Her husband, an engineer by profession, owns not only a construction firm but also a game fowl farm in San Pablo City in Laguna. Sonny is known as a champion game fowl breeder.

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