Davao local candidates say nothing wrong with ‘family in politics’

April 13, 2013 1:57 am 

DAVAO CITY, April 12 – Davao City first district congressional candidate Luis Bonguyan and Panabo City Vice Mayor reelectionist James Gamao agreed that “there is nothing wrong with family in politics.”

Bonguyan, whose last term as vice mayor ended in 2007, has his son, Louie John, running for city councilor in the second district where the latter is already on his third and last term.

His niece, Joanne, is seeking reelection in the city’s first congressional district. But she was running in another political party.

Gamao, whose term ends in 2016, has also a sister, Janet Gamao-Gavina, as a reelectionist board member of Davao del Norte’s first district.

Gamao-Gavina is the wife of former Panabo City Mayor Rey Gavina. Their son, Janrey, is a city councilor.

Both candidates were invited in Friday’s second edition of the candidates’ forum facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA 11) but only two of them appeared to present their program of government.

Bonguyan and Gamao expressed the same opinion on the issue on “political dynasty,” saying as long as they are serving their constituents honestly and truthfully they can be effective leaders.

“After all, it’s the voice of the electorate. That’s why we have an election for the people to choose their leaders,” they said.

But they said that if there is already a law prohibiting more than one family member to run in public office then they would abide by it. (PNA)

FPV/ASA/LDP

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