Tony Carolino files as substitute candidate for congressman of Laguna
LAGUNA, Philippines – Tony Carolino, incumbent mayor of Sta. Maria town in Laguna, filed Monday, November 19, his certificate of candidacy as congressman of the 4th District of Laguna, substituting for partymate Felicisimo Mateo L. San Luis.
Carolino and San Luis are both members of the Nacionalista party. Carolino has previously served two terms as mayor of Sta Maria and opted to skip a third term to run for the House of Representatives.
“Kitang-kita naman sa bayan ng Sta Maria, napaka-unlad na bayan simula nang maupo siya, at nung sinabi niya na gagawin niya ito sa ika-apat na Distrito ang ginawa nya sa Sta Maria, eh di lahat kami ay sumuporta sa kanya," said San Luis.
(We can see the progress made by the town of of Sta. Maria ever since he took over. And when he said he would repeat this in the 4th district of Laguna, we all agreed to support him.)
"He's a lawyer. And we believe that he can use his profession to make laws that will help our district. He's more ready than me," he added.
The Comelec will allow substitutions due to withdrawal only up to November 29 this year. (READ: After criticism, Comelec amends rule on substitution of bets)
The rules only allow subsitutions among those who belong to and nominated by, their political party or coalition of the original candidate. Relatives with the same surnames are also allowed to substitute before the deadline.
"Dahil sa panawagan ng ating mga kababayan dito sa ika-apat na distrito, ating napag-isip-isip na hindi lamang sa Sta. Maria ako maglingkod kundi dalhin ko rin yung aking ginagawang paglilingkod sa 16 na bayan. Nakita ko ang ating mga kababayan na mayroong panawagan talaga upang magkaroon ng mabuting congressman sa 4th district," said Carolino.
(I will run as congressman of the 4th district of Laguna because I saw the need to bring the development and progress in Sta. Maria to the other 16 municipalities. I heard the call of the people to have a good congressman in our district.)
Meanwhile Carolino's wife Cindy will replace him as candidate for mayor of Sta Maria. She was also a former mayor of Sta. Maria, Laguna. She will run unopposed in the May 2019 elections.
Tony Carlino will challenge incumbent congressman Benjamin Agarao Jr., who's running for his third term. – Rappler.com