2022 Philippine Elections

Neric Acosta runs for Bukidnon congressman

Grace Cantal-Albasin
Neric Acosta runs for Bukidnon congressman

FILED. Neric Acosta after filing his COC for the 2022 elections

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A former congressman, Acosta served as presidential adviser and as general manager of Laguna Lake Development Authority from 2011 to 2016, during the Aquino presidency

Former presidential adviser for environmental protection Nereus “Neric” Acosta filed his certificate of candidacy for Bukidnon congressman at the Commission on Elections office in Malaybalay City on Friday morning, October 1.

Acosta is the first to file his COC among Bukidnon’s prominent politicians months ahead of the 2022 elections.    

A former congressman, Acosta served as presidential adviser and as general manager of Laguna Lake Development Authority from 2011 to 2016, during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. 

Although he is a member of the Liberal Party, he chose to seek his old post as an independent candidate. 

The 55-year-old Acosta served as Bukidnon’s 1st District representative from 1998 to 2007, an area that covers the towns of Manolo Fortich, Malitbog, Talakag, Baungon, Libona, and Sumilao. 

Before becoming congressman, he was a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from 1995 to 1998. 

Acosta, who was born in Manolo Fortich town, holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s degree from the University of Indiana. He is University of the Philippines-Diliman alumnus. – Rappler.com 

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