The incumbent mayor of Borongan City in Eastern Samar, Jose Ivan Dayan Agda, has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to formalize his bid for a second term.
Dayan was joined by his entire slate, headed by reelectionist Vice Mayor Emmanuel Tiu Sonco, in the filing of the COCs at the city office of the Commission on Elections.
The slate of Agda are running under the administration’s PDP-Laban.
Seven out of the 10 seats of the city council are all seeking for reelections with three others are new to the team who included an outgoing provincial board member and former political rival.
In Guiuan, also in Eastern Samar, incumbent Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan has also filed her CoC for a possible second term.
She was joined by Vice Mayor Veronica Ramirez and eight incumbent municipal councilors. All are affiliated with the PDP-Laban.
In Matag-ob, Leyte, the fight for the top two elective posts will be a contest between father-and-son tandems.
The reelection bids of Mayor Michael Torrevillas and his son, Vice Mayor Bushi Torrevillas will be challenged by Bernie Tacoy and his son, Vincent.
The Torrevillas, who filed their CoCs and running under the PDP-Laban, has ruled the town for more than three decades with the Tacoys, who belong to the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, both filed their CoCs, just an upstart in the local politics.
“For 33 years, they have ruled our town which remains poor and without much development. By running for mayor, I hope to have some developments in our town which has been left out by our neighboring municipalities in terms of development and progress,” the mayoralty bet said.
“We may not be politicians but we are acting as if we are politicians as we have been open in helping our town mates,” the mayoralty candidate said.
For his part, the 32 year old Vincent said that while they don’t have any political experience, what is important is they are ready and willing to help their town mates.
(JOEY A. GABIETA)