Unopposed candidates in EV are sure winners in May 2013
TACLOBAN CITY- Several candidates in the region are sure to win on their bids as they are running unopposed.
Records from the regional office of the Commission on Elections revealed that many of those in the running are sure to be declared by the poll body as the winner in their respective positions.
Among the unopposed is Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, virtually, a governor-in-waiting with his cousin, Board member Carlo Loreto,as his running mate though the latter has to contend with two political rivals.
Also, Rep. Ferdinand Martin `FM’ Romualdez is running unopposed in Leyte’ first district.
Comelec Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros said that while they are running unopposed, it does not mean that they would automatically be declared as winner.
He said that they should be voted upon by the electorate for them to be declared as winner.
“How can he be declared as a winner if he has no vote? He can cast a vote for himself though,” the poll body’s regional director said.
Aside from Petilla, who is into business processing outsourcing just like the outgoing governor, there are other candidates who are sure to say their victory speeches.
In Leyte, there is Mayor Leonardo “Sandy” Javier, who is running unopposed, and is sure to have his second term as mayor of the town named after a relative of his.
His running-mate, Emma Abueva, is also running unopposed. Interestingly, for the positions of town councilors, out of the needed 10 seats, 12 candidates are in the running.
This means, only two among the candidates are sure to lose in the May 13,2013 elections.
Also sure to win is Myra Arevalo, who is running for mayor of Palompon.
In Southern Leyte, Alfredo Lagumbayan of Hinundayan is sure to be declared as winner as the next mayor of his town so is William Yu, who is also running for mayor for his town of San Ricardo of the same province.
In Eastern Samar, incumbent mayor of Maslog, Septemio Santiago is another sure winner as he is running uncontested for the post he had held for many years now.
A relative, Heraclio Santiago, is also sure to be elected as vice mayor for the same town of Maslog, one of the poorest towns in Eastern Samar.
Also in the same province, candidate Gerardo Palilio of Sulat is on his way to poll victory.
And while the issue on dynasty is now a hot topic in Congress, several candidates coming from the same families continue to thrive.
In the towns of Burauen, Leyte and San Jorge in Samar, it’s a wife and husband team.
In Burauen,reelectionist mayor Fe Renomeron has her husband, former mayor, Juanito as her running-mate. Both are seeking for a possible second term.
In San Jorge, Mayor Nancy Grey is running as her tandem Joseph, her husband who has been a mayor of their town.
In the town of Tarangan, also in Samar, outgoing mayor Emmelly Olaje, who is on her last term, is teaming up with a son John Anthony.
Mayoralty candidate Richard Gomez of Ormoc City said that he does not see any thing wrong with the issue on dynasty.
“There is an elections. It is the people who elect their leaders,” he said. His wife Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez, is seeking for a second term in Leyte’s fourth congressional district.
By JOEY A. GABIETA
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