By CRIS DIAZ
Like the maggots writhing through the decomposing road kill, the filing of the certificate of candidacy, starting tomorrow, Oct. 11, 2018, triggers a revulsive atmosphere in the political field, particularly among political protagonists.
Some might have completed the slate of their political line-up while the others are still weighing the options. After all, the final political party slate would be on Nov. 12, 2018, the deadline of the substitution of the candidates.
This early, however, some candidates are honing their weapons for the political battle during the midterm election in 2019.
The 2019 polls cover the Senators and the local election of the congressional districts, governors, provincial board members, municipal mayors, city mayors and the members of the city council.
In Cagayan De Oro City, the “half-baked” Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has already completed their slate. Many considered the Cagayan De Oro PDP-Laban as “half-baked” because of its members were not actually solid PDP-Laban. The majority, if not all, of the local PDP-Laban reportedly changed political party affiliation only for “political convenience.” That is, however, beside the point. What is important is that the party has completed fielding a complete slate when others have not.
There are speculations that the fight for the mayoral seat in Cagayan De Oro would turn into a three-cornered fight. This, after the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) intends to field their own candidates, too. Of course, the coalition of the Padayon Pilipino and the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) would also field a complete slate of their candidates.
Everybody is closely watching the Padayon-Centrist coalition, which until now has yet to announce their standard bearer in the Mayoral and Congressional race. No doubt, former Congressman Rufus Rodriguez would run for Congress in the city’s 2nd District. It is still early to presume, but, if an election is held today, Rodriguez is already a runaway winner.
Anyway, while waiting for development in Cagayan De Oro City, the CYNOSURE is taking a look in the province of Misamis Oriental. What’s the buzz in the province political war front?
Of course, the incumbent provincial Governor Bambie Emano is running for reelection. Emano would definitely complete his third and final term as provincial governor.
Again, there are speculations that the political fracas in the province of the Misamis Oriental would become a four cornered fight. This might take place with the entrance of the PFP in the political scene.
Without a worthy opponent, Governor Emano appears to be secured in his reelection bid. However, the vice gubernatorial seat seemed hotly contested with three or more candidates in sight.
The congressional fight in the province east (first) and west (second) districts in Misamis Oriental is also exciting. By the way, former Congressman Augusto “Jun” Baculio is throwing his hat in the province second district. “This is a go for broke decision,” Baculio told the CYNOSURE in a rare telephone chat.
Baculio, who would run under the PDP-Laban banner, would face the incumbent Congresswoman Juliet Uy. Another reported aspirant for the province’s second district is former Cagayan De Oro City Congressman Benjo Benaldo. Whether Benaldo will run under the Padayon or PDP-Laban, that remains to be seen.
In the first district, incumbent Congressman Pedro Unabia is rumored to run for Vice Governor under the PDP-Laban political party. Unabia reportedly planned to run for Mayor in Gingoog City, but was prevented when former Senator T.J. Guingona threatened to run against Unabia’s son for the first congressional district. Unabia is reportedly fielding his son, Christian to run for congress in the first district. Aside from running against Christian Unabia, the Guingonas would also field Ruthie Guingona against Pedro Unabia in Gingoog.
Sensing that the Guingonas would rally against him and his son, Congressman Pedro Unabia took a step backward by deferring his Mayoral candidacy in Gingoog to give way to the reelection of the incumbent Marie Guingona. The Guingonas’ cooled down too. In other words, T.J. Guingona is not pursuing his congressional bid, thereby allowing Unabia’s son to sail unhindered in his congressional bid.
Incumbent Vice Governor Joey Pelaez is also rumored to run for Congressman in Misamis Oriental. This leaves some unanswered questions: Who would be Bambi Emano’s running mate for the governor if Pelaez runs for Congress? Again, a lot of things would take place before the deadline for the filing of the certificate of candidacy on October 25, 2018. Let’s wait-and-see. -0- Email reactions/comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
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