Nograles, Bonguyan campaign posters early bird

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

DAVAO CITY, March 30 -– As the campaign period for local candidates officially started Saturday, the posters of the city’s first district congressional candidates Karlo Alexei Nograles and Luis Bonguyan were visibly seen in strategic areas here.

The showdown between Nograles and Bonguyan is seen to be a close fight considering they have their own machineries and supporters, according to political observers here.

Both of them are described to be political stalwarts.

Nograles is the incumbent congressman after succeeding the post from his father, Prospero, a former House Speaker, but he was running without partymates under the newly-formed National United Party (NUP).

Bonguyan has been the city’s vice mayor for several terms and was never defeated in his political career and he belongs to the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod local party headed by the Dutertes.

But even before the campaign period started, supporters of the two have kicked off their own campaign strategies to woo the votes of residents in the first district.

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his son and running-mate Paolo are running unopposed in the mayoral and vice mayoral posts while Second District Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano and Third District Rep. Isidro Ungab are also set to serve their third and last term.

Incumbent Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, on her first term, opted to give way for her father and would just be returning to her law practice after her term ends on June 30.

Records from the Commission on Elections here showed there are more than 420,000 registered voters in District 1.

In the May 10, 2010 elections, Nograles won over former city councilor Maria Belen Acosta with a slim margin of 8,172 votes. (PNA)

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