Running without foe
By Mar S. Arguelles
LEGAZPI CITY — It’s now official: Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who is on his last term of office, is running unopposed.
In an emailed statement, Salceda said “winning is hard, thus unopposed could only be the result of your support, by doing good and serving well is hard of which I need more of your support.”
On the other hand, Albay Vice Gov. Harold Imperial, Salceda’s running mate, is about to face tough opponents as two former vice governors filed their COCs for the province’s second highest elective post.
Former Vice Gov. Jesus James Calisin of PDP-Laban, a three term vice governor, and Brando Sael, an independent candidate and former one termer vice governor, have filed their COCs to challenge Imperial (LP).
Meanwhile, lawyer Edcel “Grex” Lagman Jr., a Quezon City councilor and son of opposition Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, filed his COC also on Friday noon as candidate for congressman in the 1st District of Albay. He is the younger brother of incumbent Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman Luistro, who is a re-electionist candidate on her last term.
Lagman will be pitted against provincial board member Ricky Ziga, an UNA candidate and son of former Senator Victor Ziga, an LP stalwart.
Two broadcast journalists also beat the last day of COC filing. Wally Magdato, a radio anchor, will run as second district congressman against re-electionist Rep. Al Francis Bichara of the Nacionalista Party.
Joshua Martinez, a radio station manager and identified with the Ako Bicol Partylist, will vie for a provincial board position in the second district of the province.
Another unopposed candidate on his comeback bid is former Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, the husband of incumbent City Mayor Carmen Geraldine Rosal.
Running for the congressional race in Albay’s third district are incumbent Congressman Fernando Gonzalez (LP) and Pioduran town Mayor Dante Arandia.
In Ligao City, running for the mayoral post are incumbent Vice Mayor Patty Gonzalez Alsua, niece of Cong. Gonzales and incumbent city councilor lawyer Peter Vega.
In Tabaco City, the mayoral race will be between reelectionist City Mayor Krisel Lagman Luistro and Marie Demetriou, wife of the late Tabaco town mayor.