Incumbent Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron has his message to his stiff rival for mayoralty post, former City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
“Good luck na lang sa kanya (Hagedorn),” he mischievously quipped, chortling. “Palagay ko matatalo ko siya.”
Bayron made the statement after filing his certificate of candidacy at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 15 before the City Commission on Election (Comelec) office.
According to Bayron, the May 2016 face-off with Hagedorn would finally put an end as to who will take the city top post.
“Sa pamamagitan ng eleksyon na ito, matuldukan na natin ‘yung dapat tuldukan at ng maayos tayong makapagtrabaho ng tuloy-tuloy, para mai-deliver ang dapat i-deliver sa mga kababayan natin,” he told the local media.
“Dapat talaga mangyari ang eleksyon na ito ng sa ganun ay magkaalaman na kung sino talaga ang mamumuno sa lungsod ng Puerto Princesa sa mga susunod na taon,” he added.
It will be the second time Hagedorn and Bayron will clash for mayoralty post, after the May 2015 recall poll.
Meanwhile, Bayron filed his candidacy along with his running-mate incumbent Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III and 10 person city council slate which is half old-timers and half newbies.
Outside the City Comelec office, the ticket, running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), was cheered by a bevy of Bayron’s “Apuradong Administrasyon” loyalists, who are all clad in his political campaign color yellow, carrying placards and flaglets.
Composing Bayron’s city council slate are incumbent city councilors Matthew Mendoza, Jimbo Maristela, Jonjie Rodriguez, Roy Ventura and Victor Oliveros. Completing the ticket are former city information officer Henry Gadiano, Jimmy Carbonell, Nancy Socrates, Ret.Col Bong Amurao and Atty. Nesario Awat.