DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With local politics dominated by two major families, Davao City residents closely monitor the filing of candidacy for the 2013 elections.
On the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy, 1st district of Davao Congressman Karlo Nograles confirmed his re-election bid and was one of the first to file their COCs. The younger Nograles also revealed that his father, former House Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles, would not run for any public position in 2013.
Meanwhile, candidates from the Duterte-led leading political party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod have yet to file their COCs.
In the recent assembly of Hugpong, Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte revealed its list of candidates adding that they are preparing their machinery for the election.
For the 1st District, Hugpong’s lineup includes Leah Librado-Yap, Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta, Leo Avila, Edgar Ibuyan, Oca Casaysay, Nilo Abellera, Melchor Quitain, Emmanuel Galicia, Jesse Mar Colaste, and Bonifacio Militar.
The party’s lineup for the 2nd District meanwhile includes Jimmy Dureza, April Dayap, Louie John Bonguyan, Al Ryan Alejandre, Tomas Monteverde, Danny Dayanghirang, Arnold Apostol, Gerald Bangoy, Marissa Salvador-Abella, Ritchel Patiganso and Julie Cabling.
While for the 3rd District, Duterte said that his party would include Karlo Bello, Victorio Advincula, Bernard Al-ag, Petite Prinsipe, Rachel Zozobrado, Joselle Villafuerte, and Gerardo Braganza.
Advincula is the only Hugpong candidate who has already filed his candidacy. Duterte has not yet revealed the party's candidates for mayor, vice mayor and congressional representatives.
During the 2010 elections, the Duterte and Nograles families fought a fierce election campaign with the incumbent mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio winning against former-House Speaker Nograles by more than 200,000 votes.
Nograles filed an election protest against Duterte but it was junked by the Supreme Court.
Karlo Nograles meanwhile won against Hugpong’s bet, former 1st District Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta. - Rappler.com