By: Florence F. Hibionada
AT THE CLOSE of filing of certificate candidacy for the 2013 elections yesterday, the Iloilo Provincial Office of the Commission on Elections recorded a total of 38 candidates or two bets short compared to the May 2010 polls.
For the top provincial post, a 3-cornered fight is in the offing with comebacking and perennial candidate Serapio Camposano expressing his readiness.
Anti-graft and corruption and genuine public service is the battlecry of Camposano who seemed all too relax minutes after he filed his Certificate Of Candidacy (COC).
Asked of his absence in the last elections’ candidates forum, Camposano said he was busy being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). He vowed to be present this time.
Two other contenders for governor are Fourth District Representative Ferjenel Biron running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and reelectionist Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. of the Liberal Party (LP).
For vice governor, surprise contender is Engineer Domingo Pancrudo of Cabatuan, Iloilo. He will be running against the might and experiences of former vice governor and Fifth District representative Rolex Suplico and former Barotac Viejo mayor Raul Tupas.
The rest of the official 2013 candidates are as follows:
First District is a one-on-one between Miag-ao Mayor Julieta Flores and Vice Governor Oscar Richard Garin Jr.
Second District is a 3-cornered fight between reelectionist Representative Augusto Boboy Syjuco, Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta and former ICARE Partylist representative Salvador Cabaluna III.
Third District is one-on-one between reelectionist representative Arthur Defensor Jr. and noted physician, Dr. Roy Francis Lavilla of Calinog.
Fourth District is one-on-one between Board Member Hernan Biron Jr. and former governor Niel Tupas Sr.
Fifth District is one-on-one between reelectionist representative Niel Tupas Jr. and Board Member Jett Rojas.
For Board Members, the First District has the most number of candidates with six contenders for two posts. These are Jesus Sibya, Oton Councilor Francisca Ezpeleta, San Joaquin Mayor Ninfa Garin, former Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regional director Porfirio Clavel Jr., Margarito Clavel and Tigbauan Councilor Dennis Valencia.
Second District bets for Board Members are Ramon Sullano, reelectionist Board Member Demetrio Sonza, Marian Grace Castillo and reelectionist Board Member June Mondejar.
Third District candidates are former broadcaster Norlene Losbañes, Ma. Theresa Malones, reelectionist Board Member Emmanuel Gallar and reelectionist Board Member Licurgo Tirador.
Fourth District bets are reelectionist Board Member Maria Shalene Hidalgo. San Enrique Mayor Rosario Fernandez, Romel Conte and daughter of late representative Narciso “Goodah” Monfort, Carmen Monfort Bautista.
Fifth District candidates are reelectionist Board Member Nielo Tupas, Jesus Salcedo and Tessie Villanueva
“Filing is officially over and we will no longer accept any missed requirements if any,” Doronila said.