All eyes are on the upcoming mayoral race in Legazpi City as Ako Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr. filed his candidacy for mayor on Sunday, October 3.
Garbin’s running mate is former Philippine Councilors League president Alan Rañola. They filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) after they attended Mass officiated by Bishop Joel Baylon.
Asked why he decided to run, Garbin said: “We can always have a better leadership…. We will make Legazpi the most progressive city.”
Garbin is expected to face off with former mayor Geraldine Rosal, the wife of third-term mayor Noel Rosal. The Rosals are Garbin’s wedding sponspors and former allies.
Garbin is backed up by Governor Al Francis Bichara and Bicolano business tycoon-turned-politician Representative Elizaldy “Zaldy” S. Co, founder of Ako Bicol.
Garbin’s ticket includes 10 running for city councilor in the 2022 elections: reelectionist councilor Alex Sy, former Albay vice governor Jesus Calisin, Ralph Andes, Greg Lipa, Sunshine Imperial, Butch Lucilla, Nicasio Barrios. Jordan Alfajaro, Luis Gutierrez, and Joseph Armogilla.
Bichara, Mayor Rosal, Co, and Garbin used to be friends and political allies but the three later parted ways with Rosal due to political differences. – Rappler.com