2022 Philippine Elections

Broadcaster Arlyn Ayon up vs. Joe Zubiri in Bukidnon’s 3rd District

Grace Cantal-Albasin
Broadcaster Arlyn Ayon up vs. Joe Zubiri in Bukidnon’s 3rd District

RUNNING. Broadcaster and Bukidnon provincial board member Arlyn Ayon to challenge Zubiri political dynasty in Bukidnon.

Provincial board member Arlyn Ayon goes up against the Bukidnon's Zubiri monolith

Broadcaster and Bukidnon provincial board member Arlyn Ayon is challenging the well-entrenched Zubiri political dynasty in Bukidnon.

Ayon filed her certificate of candidacy for congresswoman in the 3rd District of Bukidnon before the Commission on Elections on Friday, October 8.

She is running against Bukidnon’s political kingpin, Governor Jose Maria Zubiri, who has traded places with his son Manuel.

Bannering the “Bag-ong Bukidnon” slogan, Ayon is running under the People’s Reform Party of the late senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Ayon first rose to prominence in Bukidnon when she exposed alleged wrongdoings in the Valencia city government in 2003. 

Jose Galario, Valencia’s mayor at that time, had the radio station, Radyo Ukay, closed down to stop Ayon’s public affairs program from airing, a move that caused a firestorm in the city.

Ayon was subsequently elected as Valencia councilor, and later ran for Bukidnon vice governor in 2016, but lost the race to Rogelio Quiño who won by more than 100 votes.

In 2019, Ayon was elected to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, representing Bukidnon’s 4th District. Ayon’s program continues to air through various radio stations to this day. – Rappler.com

Grace Cantal-Albasin is a Mindanao-based journalist and an awardee of Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.