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3-cornered fight for Congress looms in Ifugao

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao (4 April) -- It will be a three- cornered showdown for the lone congressional district seat and the gubernatorial position come May 14 elections.

Incumbent Congressman Solomon Chungalao, who is running for re-election for his third and final term, will be challenged by former Banaue mayor Dr. Wesley Dulawan and young lawyer Placido Wachayna Jr.

The irony is that Chungalao, who is allied with the present administration, will be running without a party since his Liberal Party (LP) under the group of Manila Mayor Lito Atienza is not recognized by the Commission on Election (COMELEC).

It is the LP under the Franklin Drilon wing which was accredited by the COMELEC and is the party of Dr. Dulawan while Atty. Wachayna is running as independent.

For the position of Governor, incumbent Governor Glenn Prudenciano (Lakas-CMD) will face former Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr., who is out to reclaim his old post but running without a political party, and Board member Eugene Ballitang running under the LDP.

In the vice gubernatorial race, four candidates filed their certificates of candidacy. Incumbent Vice Governor Noli Maguiwe is running under the Lakas- CMD while Board Members Pedro Mayam-o, Nora Dinamling and Sherween Cappleman are all running as independent candidates.

For the seats in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, there are 7 candidates for the four positions of District I and 12 candidates also for the four seats allotted for District II.

Campaigning has already started in full blast that the COMELEC here admits that it cannot fully implement the Fair Election Law with regards to the posting of campaign materials in the designated poster areas due to limited spaces.

Provincial Election Supervisor Ricardo Bulintao said that they can not really strictly implement the law because to do so will only deprive many candidates of their opportunity to campaign, which will be unfair.

He reported that there are still no reported election-related violence or disturbances in the province. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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