Former Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III filed his certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 8, to vie for the city’s lone congressional seat.
Espinosa lost to his brother-in-law Mayor Jerry Treñas in the 2019 mayoral race. He is going up against reelectionist Representative Julienne Baronda of the Uswag Ilonggo Party/National Unity Party (NUP) in the 2022 polls.
Espinosa was the city’s vice mayor in 2017 and was installed as acting mayor after the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed then-mayor Jed Mabilog due to questionable wealth. The Court of Appeals reversed the Ombudsman’s decision in July 2021 due to lack of merit.
Espinosa’s candidacy revives a rivalry of sorts with Baronda, whom he defeated in the the vice mayoral race in the 2010 elections.
Espinosa’s wife, Gina Sarabia, is the sister of Rosalie Sarabia, who is married to Treñas. – Rappler.com