TAGBILARAN CITY – As the deadline for filing the certificate of candidacy draws near in October this year, the three-way race for congressional seat representing the third district is expected to be an exciting race among the wanna-bes. Former Congressman Eladio M. Jala, who just retired from being a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is planning to make a comeback on May 2016 general elections, a source, whose identity is withheld, said.
If his plan pushes through, then incumbent Rep. Arthur Yap, who has been successful in his bid to be unopposed in 2010 and 2013, will be facing not one but two.
Jala, lawyer by profession and resident of Loboc the hometown of Yap’s wife, has served the district for three consecutive terms or a total of nine years (1998-2007). He was able to tap his son, now city councilor Atty. Adam RElson Jala, to succeed him as congressman in the 3rddistrict.
Relampagos, who was defeated twice in 2001 and 2004 in the gubernatorial bout against the late governor Erico Aumentado, registered in Loay town, one of the 19 municipalities in the district, the hometown of his wife of the Adiong family.
Former Carmen Mayor Conchita “Che” Toribio delos Reyes, another alleged bitter foe of Yap, is testing the water by making some rounds in the district, another reliable source said.
She was one of the prominent visitors of Rep. Aris Aumentado during the fiesta yesterday. The source said that Delos Reyes was quoted as saying to the media that she is set to try in the third district. Her statement could be construed as fulfilling her promise to the media earlier that she’ll announce her run this month.
Meanwhile, Yap’s satisfaction rating has dropped to +69 (2015) from +76 in 2014. He got +83 in 2013. Acording to the latest Bohol Poll, 74% respondents of the district are satisfied with his performance while only 5% dissatisfied. A total of 19% remained undecided. Cong. Aris Aumentado’s satisfaction rating is in upward trend, scoring +63 from +52 in 2014, Bohol Poll said. Relampagos’s satisfaction rating is leaning upward, posting +63 from +62 in 2014 and +51 in 2013. (rvo)
The “son also rises” as saying goes beat former governor and now first district congressman Rene Relampagos when the latter ran in third district in 2007.