Mayor Matin confirms she’ll run for reelection, her son Dominic for guv
TACLOBAN CITY- They will run according to their terms and there will be no comprises whatsoever.
This was assured by Palo town Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla who said that she and her son, Dominic, are sure to run according to their earlier plans.
Petilla, however, admitted that at this point, she is not yet certain if son, out-going Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla, will run for a congressional post.
“It’s official. I will seek for a reelection as mayor of Palo and my son Dominic will run for governor. With Icot, I am not sure on his plan as to whether he will seek for a congressional post or not” the Palo town mayor said.
Petilla is serving her first term as mayor of Palo while her son Dominic is a political neophyte. Elder brother, Jericho, is to bow out as governor of Leyte after serving the provincial government for nine straight years.
However,text messages circulated the past few weeks that the out-going governor is to run for congressman representing Leyte first district which is occupied by Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, now serving his second term.
Romualdez himself is rumored to be contemplating of seeking for a gubernatorial post.
Mayor Petilla defended her son Dominic from criticisms that he has no political background to run for governor.
“He deserves to be (elected as) governor. In fact, he is very much welcome in all his sorties in the villages, in the municipalities. He interacts with the people in the barangays. He is maka-masa,” she said.
As for herself, Petilla doused off rumors that she might eventually return to the provincial capitol, a post she held for nine years after her husband, Leopoldo, finished his term.
“I will seek for reelection together with my team in Palo,” she said.
Asked if there could be some compromises between the two politically powerful families in Leyte, Petilla said it’s out of the business as far as they are concern.
“I don’t know about them. But we are all set with our (political) plans,” she said.
Petilla, then incumbent congresswoman representing Leyte’s first district, was forced to set aside on her reelection bid during the 2007 elections after a compromised brokered by Malacañanag paving the way Rep. Romualdez entry to local politics.
Both Petilla and Romualdez were members of the then ruling political party, Lakas-CMD. Petilla is now a member of the now ruling Liberal Party while Romualdez remain with the same political party. (JOEY A. GABIETA)
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