2022 PH local races

Iligan’s vice mayor-priest runs for mayor

Bobby Lagsa

AIMING HIGHER. Catholic priest-turned-Vice Mayor Jemar Vera-Cruz is seeking higher office.

courtesy of Iligan City Information Office

Vera-Cruz is squaring off with Representative Frederick Siao of Iligan's lone district who filed his COC for mayor days ago

Iligan Mayor Celso Regencia’s preferred successor, Catholic priest turned Vice Mayor Jemar Vera-Cruz, launched his 2022 bid to lead the “Industrial City of the South” on Friday, October 8.

Vera-Cruz filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor along with Regencia, a congressional aspirant, and other members of their 2022 ticket before the local Commission on Elections.

Vera-Cruz will be squaring off with Representative Frederick Siao of Iligan’s lone district who filed his COC for mayor days ago. His running mate is businessman and councilor Ian Uy who also submitted his COC against Siao’s running mate, hotelier and bakeshop chain owner Marianito Alemania.

Vera-Cruz’s supporter, Mayor Regencia, is running for congressman for the first time against his political nemesis, Vicente Belmonte, who once held the congressional post.

Regencia and Belmonte have a history of intense political rivalry that turned personal after the then-congressman accused the mayor of being the brains behind his 2014 ambush near the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.

A court has already dismissed the multiple murder case against Regencia, but Belmonte maintains that the Supreme Court has yet to rule on his appeal. – Rappler.com

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