Mayoral, vice-mayoral race in Mati City heats up, all Rabats eyeing posts

April 8, 2013 10:28 pm 

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental, April 8 — The mayoral and vice mayoral race here started to heat up with four members of the Rabat clan contesting the two posts.

Incumbent Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is seeking re-election while her younger brother, incumbent Board Member Eric Rabat, is eyeing the vice mayoralty post. The brother and sister tandem is running under the Liberal Party.

Running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is incumbent Vice Mayor Carlo Rabat who is seeking the mayoralty post with cousin and incumbent City Councilor Glenda Rabat as his vice mayor.

To add more color to the political rivalry, Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon Malanyaon, who is running unopposed, endorsed Carlo and Glenda Rabat's candidacy during the proclamation rally of "Team Mati" on April 2.

Malanyaon is a member of the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manny Villar who is allied with the Liberal Party.

Six years ago, Michelle Rabat, Cora Malanyaon and Rep. Thelma Almario joined forces to unseat then Gov. Maria Elena Palma Gil. But the harmonious relationship between the "Tres Marias" turned sour a few years ago.

Accordingly, the sweet relationship between the mayor and the governor started turning sour at a time the cityhood of Mati is being questioned before the Supreme Court.

Malanyaon allegedly demanded share from the city's real property tax at a time when Mati City was having a hard time managing its finances due to the reduction of its Internal Revenue Allotment from the national government.

This, despite the fact that when Mati was still enjoying its IRA as a city, the city government was in full support of the provincial government. Mati receives roughly about P500 million as their IRA share while the entire province of Davao Oriental has only about P700 million IRA. (PNA)

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