IT’S less than a year on May 9, 2016, the schedule of the general elections, and local politicians and re-electionists have already made their presence felt while crisscrossing the barangays. And the scenario would be likely that incumbent vice-mayor against incumbent mayor. Take for instance in Garcia-Hernandez. A reliable source told Bohol News Today that incumbent Vice-Mayor Lito Dajalos would take it against the incumbent mayor Tita Baja-Gallentes. Dajalos’ relation with incumbent Mayor Tita Gallentes has been severed for policy decisions, the source said.
Dajalos is reportedly hinted of making alliance with former Mayor Miguelito Galindez, who was defeated by Gallentes in 2013 mayoralty race. And Mayor Gallentes is also courting former vice-mayor Pio Salmasan, who is now the incumbent barangay chairman. But Salmasan would not join Gallentes for nknown reasons. Salmasan was the former runningmate of Galindez while Dajalos, runningmate of Gallentes.
In Mabini town, incumbent Vice-Mayor Juanito Jayoma would try to throw his hat in mayoralty race against incumbent Mayor Esther Tabigue, , though the situation is still very fluid, another reliable source said.
The source said that more than half of Mabini’s barangay chairmen would rally behind vice-mayor Jayoma if the latter decides to gun for mayor in this town. In earlier interview, former Mayor Stephen Rances said that he will not engage in politics (running again) anymore. The source said that Rances would likely to support Jayoma.
Incumbent municipal councilor Espe Vergara, the former Liga ng mga Barangay president, is reportedly to pair with Jayoma, the source said.
In Pilar, incumbent Mayor Nita T. Cubrado said in an exclusive interview that she’s ready for the next electoral battle for reelection. And she would not take this lightly since she learned that incumbent Vice-Mayor Wilson Pajo is reportedly bent to take back his former position — mayor.
Pajo defeated Cubrado in 2010 elections. Cubrado bounced back and defeated his former running-mate Bernante, who ran against her in 2013. Cubrado said she had only 48 votes against Bernante that catapulted her to become the first lady mayor of Pilar town. (rvo)