Uncertainty hangs over the political plans of four members of the Palawan Sangguniang Panlalawigan who are in their last terms as the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 elections kicked off today.
Board Member Roseller Pineda said he wanted to run for mayor in his hometown in Taytay, but Governor Jose Alvarez had advised him to give way to incumbent mayor Romy Salvame and wait for the division of Palawan.
In the meantime, he said, Alvarez will give him a provincial position in northern Palawan.
“Naka-hang pa ang desisyon sa ngayon. Kung ako lang, tatakbo ako sa pagka-mayor kaya lang syempre sabi ni Gob hintayin na lang ang division of Palawan. Kahit saan basta doon sa provincial position. Naka-depende pa rin sa kanya, pero ready naman ako mag-file ng candidacy,” Pineda said .
He said the vacancies in the Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan (PPP) will be filled up by Anton Alvarez, son of former representative Antonio Alvarez, and Angela Sabando, the mayor of Roxas, who is in her last term.
Board Member Winston Arzaga’s decision, on the other hand, is dependent on the party where he belongs to.
“Hindi pa kami nag-uusap pero ready naman ako kahit saan ako ilagay. Puwedeng patakbuhin ako sa ibang posisyon o magpahinga muna. Hintayin nalang natin kung ano ang mapag-usapan kasi ang desisyon mo dapat desisyon ‘yan ng buong partido,” Arzaga said.
Board Member Marivic Roxas told Palawan News she will file her certificate of candidacy between October 11-17, but she refused to disclose the position she will be running for.
“Abangan nalang natin kung anong posisyon, hindi pa pwede sabihin ngayon,” she said.
Board Member Sunny Batul is also serving his last term in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
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