Old political rivals’ showdown seen in 2013 Caraga polls

March 27, 2012 1:13 am 

BUTUAN CITY, March 26 — Decades old political rivalries of the who’s who in Caraga politics will take center stage anew this coming May 13, 2013 national and local election here in Caraga Region after their political drumbeaters are now starting to roam around scouting for new and awakened old purok, barangay-based leaders and supporters.

Decades old, intense rivalries of political big dynastic names in Caraga politics namely; the Amantes, Plazas in Butuan and two Agusan provinces, the Matugases,-Romarates tandem against Barbers-Casurra brand of politics in Surigao del Norte; the Pimentels vs. old rival Murillo political clan are expected to rekindle their old political rivalry in the forthcoming May 13, 2013 elections.

The Falcons in Bislig City politics against incumbent Rep. Florencio Garay are expected to rekindle their political rivalries in the May 13, 2013 elections.

In the municipality level of a total 68 towns for five provinces in Caraga, same old names surfaced to seek re-elections with their usual old political rivals seeking vengeance comes May 13, 2013 elections

Like the provincial level, the municipal level in Caraga politics is dominated by same names, either the husband is the mayor, the wife is the vice mayor or vice versa.

And members of municipal councils are relatives too.

But biggest surprise in next year’s polls in Caraga politics dominated by political clans for decades, are the coming in of new names but from same old political clans, like running for Congress for first district of Agusan del Sur of Businessman Roberto “Bob” Aquino, son of late Agusan Congressman Jose C. Aquino, Sr. who authored the law in the creation of two Agusan provinces, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur.

Fondly called by his initials “JCA”,, the biggest and longest street in Butuan City was named after him “J.C. Aquino Avenue”.

A philanthropist when JCA was still alive that almost all who needed dire help whether it may be for medicines, hospitalization, transportation fares, housing and other emergency cases that was a matter of life and death, Agusanons would just approach J.C.A. and his help never failed.

In Butuan City, rumors spread now that incumbent Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante, Jr. will be pitted against incumbent Butuan City Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino, II, another son of the late Agusan Congressman JCA.

Amante is nephew of former Agusan del Norte Representative and Ramos’ Executive Secretary Edelmiro Atega Amante.

The old man in Agusan politics who comes from humble beginnings as Barangay Ampayon number one councilman who rose from the ranks, “Edil” as he is fondly called is father of incumbent Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante and Congresswoman Maria Angelica Rossdell Amante-Matba, herself a former Agusan del Norte governor for three terms.

Running for Congress under Amante would be incumbent Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun to be pitted against former Butuan City Mayor Daisy Borja Plaza.

Incumbent Butuan City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima who always topped every Butuan City councilor race is reportedly running for Butuan City vice Mayor comes 2013 elections.

Filing of Candidacies is set on October 1-5, 2012

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga OIC Regional Director Atty. Roland Edayan,in an interview this morning told PNA filing of certificate of candidacies of all elective positions is set on October 1 to 5 this year.

Edayan said what makes the early filing of the COCs peculiar is the fact that the voters’ registration will continue until the end of October, which may also be extended.

“In the past elections, we finished the voters’ registration first before the Comelec released the schedule of the filing of the COCs,” Edayan added.

He however clarified that they will not accept the COC of any individual if he or she is not a registered voter.

“Once the candidate will file their COCs, we will check our records if they are already registered because it is a pre-requisite,” Edayan said.

He said the filing of the COC was moved earlier so the poll offices can have enough time to prepare for the elections.

He added that the preparation and printing of the official ballots alone will take time and they don’t want to jeopardize it.

Like the 2010 polls, the 2013 elections will still be automated, Edyaan concludes. (PNA) RSV /BS/mec

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