Calabanga, April 12 — In the local scene, one wonders why so many candidates are running in the May elections? Twenty three individuals jockey for seats less than a third of the number in the sangguniang bayan and yet they hang on the campaign trail.
“As if the incumbents have done commendable work at the council, they beg to be re-elected,” said one resident who wanted to be incognito.
Supporters and constituents are urged to take into consideration the past performance and demeanors of current SB members, while reflecting on the progressive prospect and possibilities of the aspirants if ever given the mandate and elected to the position. The same view goes to the mayoralty and vice-mayoralty candidates of the town.
Try asking these candidates why they are running. Begin with the re-electionists or returning SB members, especially those who seem to believe they can do more for the progress of Calabanga even as they have been sitting on the post for sometime now. They have to be asked why they are running, again.
Who of these SB candidates may be able to answer? Daniel Abalayan, Pedro Agsangre, Rodel Arandia, Gerald Arevalo, Erma Barrios, Danilo Bico, Job Casida, Alberto Zruzat, Adolfo Encila, Jr., Jude Anthony Hilado, Rodrigo Medroso, Sonia Medroso, Jesus Mendoza, Manuel Mendoza, Abundio Navarro, Marjun Orolfo, Gigi Palma, Rodolfo Pasa, Jr., Amelia Santamaria, Levi Sta. Ana, Jr., and Norberto Valeriano.
Or ask these mayoralty candidates the same question- Ricardo Calisura, Philip Dumalasa and Eduardo Severo. Or, those vying for vice-mayor like Danilo Gonzales and Ramoncito Robles.
How much is there in the local government unit office that seems to captivate aspirants in running for, and current officials to keep holding on to, the position?
Candidate Pedro Fernandez Agsangre, in an interview at his residence in San Jose (Pagatpat), is pushing for renewed support on self-help and small backyard/livelihood projects in the communities to uplift family incomes. Agsangre should court the support of his well entrenched clan of the Hernandez and Fernandez in the municipality if he wants to win. He is an independent candidate.