‘Crying Lady’ Rebecca Quijano running for mayor in Tabaco

Rhadyz B. Barcia
‘Crying Lady’ Rebecca Quijano running for mayor in Tabaco
Quijano is facing off against Krisel Lagman-Luistro, Jesus Calisin, and Noel Que

TABACO CITY, Philippines – Rebecca Quijano, the so-called “Crying Lady” who was a witness in the 1983 assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, launched her mayoral bid in this city on Sunday, March 27.

Quijano held a motorcade through Tabaco City and her supporters, clad in green shirts, gathered at the Tabaco City Park.

The mayoral candidate had been a passenger of the China Airlines flight carrying Ninoy Aquino on August 21, 1983. Quijano was dubbed the “Crying Lady” by media as she was seen sobbing shortly after Aquino’s assassination at the Manila International Airport.

Quijano is now running against former Albay representative Krisel Lagman-Luistro of the ruling Liberal Party (LP); former Albay vice governor Jesus Calisin, an independent candidate; and Noel Que of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Lagman-Luistro, said to be the most formidable candidate in the Tabaco City mayoral race, is the eldest daughter of former Albay representative Edcel Lagman. Lagman himself is also running anew, seeking to take the place of his son, incumbent congressman Grex Lagman.

Lagman-Luistro lost to incumbent mayor Marie Demetriou in the 2013 elections by a slim margin.

Calisin, meanwhile, served as Albay vice governor for 3 terms and was also a veteran radio broadcaster.

Que is a Filipino-Chinese businessman who served as councilor in Tabaco City. (READ: Local elections 2016: Know your candidates and localities on Rappler– Rappler.com

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