Couple is LP’s bet for mayor and vice mayor in Lamitan City

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

LAMITAN CITY, Basilan, Oct. 3 -– An incumbent mayor and his wife are the Liberal Party’s (LP) mayoralty and vice mayoralty bets in this city.

Mayor Roderick Furigay and his wife, Rosita, have filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Wednesday before the local office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city.

However, the mayor will be a candidate for vice mayor since he is currently on his third and last term of office while his wife will run for mayor.

The couple left shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday from their residence in the village of Malinis and walked to the Comelec office at Oval Site, downtown, passing through the main thoroughfare in Matibay village.

They were accompanied by hundreds of their family members, friends and supporters.

Furigay’s uncle, former Lamitan mayor Wilfrido Furigay, waited for them at the Comelec office to show his support on the couple’s candidacy.

The elder Furigay, who was elected in 1980, was the first elected mayor of the then Lamitan municipality.

Rosita said she decided to throw her hat into the political arena to ensure continuity, if ever she will emerge victorious, of the programs and projects implemented by her husband-mayor.

As the mayor’s wife, she serves as the city chairperson of the City Tourism Council that works hand-in-hand with the mayor in as far as in the implementation of beautification projects and other tourism-related undertakings.

Furigay said it was the consensus of the majority of this city’s village chiefs for her to run for mayor to ensure continuity “of the development programs and projects I have started.”

He explained that there should be continuity in the implementation of program and projects since this city is still in the infancy stage “which is too young to be left alone.”

Lamitan City is a fifth class city in Basilan which comprises of 45 villages with a population of 82,074 as of the 2008 census conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

Lamitan became a city when the Supreme Court (SC) upheld on February 17, 2011 its cityhood and of 15 other towns in the Philippines.

The LP candidates for city councilors have also filed their COCs together with the Furigay couple. (PNA)

LAP/TEOFILO P. GARCIA/JCF

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