Three individuals are vying for mayoralty and vice mayoralty posts in the far-flung island town of Kalayaan.
Based on Kalayaan Commission on Elections (Comelec) office list, incumbent Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. is gunning for his third and last term. He is challenged by Robert Del Mundo and Rodrigo Jaca.
As to the town’s second top posts, incumbent Vice Mayor Predicando Malabayabas is also eyeing for reelection, with Mary Joy Batiancela and Hermoso Ornopia as fellow contenders.
When it comes to Kalayaan’s municipal council, there are 12 individuals filed their candidacies throughout the five-day COC filing. The following are as follows: Vicencio Milan, Angel Rabaya Jr., Lazaro Del Rio Jr., Elmer Nepomuceno, Lucerne Bito-onon, Rolland Palay, Pedro Fajardo Jr., Walter Conde, Alan Sariego.
Joining them are Nomelon Balbontin, Reney Magbanua, Ronnie Cojamco, Larry Hugo, Leovino Pernia, Salvador Eslao, Marlon Vales, Leah Natural, Janet Villamor, Mario Flores, Lena Almorato, Ramon Alaska and Rosenjo Mantes.
This smallest and remotest Philippine town has about 280 registered voters, based on last year’s record.
According to Kalayaan Election Officer Elizabeth Columna, the current total number of voters, who will be able to participate in the May 2016 elections, will be out after the election registration board hearing in November.