Monday, January 29, 2007

News: Majority of poll aspirants wanted to join PGMA ticket

In Dinagat Islands, no opposition bets were seen to go against powerhouse Ecleo political family of Congresswoman Glenda Ecleo of Lakas-NUCD. Three of the Ecleo siblings are municipal mayors of the seven towns of Dinagat Islands.

Ecleo together with Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Rodolfo Navarro were appointed by President Arroyo based on consensus with Mayors in MalacaƱang last 2005 to head the Lakas party in Surigao del Norte, as Lakas Provincial Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.

But House Speaker Jose De Venecia issued certificate that Surigao del Norte Governor Robert Barbers is still the Lakas Provincial Chair and his brother, Rep. Robert Ace Barbers as District Chairman.

Navarro and his group which includes Board member lawyer Victor Bernal claimed they are also fielding local bets for the local May polls but is under the Arroyo administration ticket.

Navarro wanted to run for Governor with lawyer Bernal as his running mate.

Their ally, President of the Surigao del Norte Municipal Mayors’ League, Tubod Mayor Guillermo Romarate, Jr. who repeatedly expressed in public his desire to run for Congress against incumbent Gov. Robert Lyndon Barbers who is in his last term have announced in a press conference last week that he will not run under a free zone basis.

But former Surigao del Norte Governor Francisco Matugas and his brother real estate developer, Engr. Ernesto Matugas who are also identified with the administration party KAMPI are also fielding mayoralty candidates for the 20 towns of Surigao del Norte.

The former Surigao del Norte Governor is seeking gubernatorial post he once held for three terms while his brother Ernesto is running for Surigao City Mayor also under Arroyo’s KAMPI. More...

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