Three women ex-journalists get legislative posts in GenSan, South Cotabato

May 16, 2013 9:50 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 16 — Three former local media practitioners, all of them women, have secured seats in the legislative bodies here and in nearby Koronadal City and South Cotabato province.

Based on official results released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), former radio anchors Elizabeth Bagonoc and Erlinda Pabi-Araquil were sure winners for another term at the city council here and Koronadal City, respectively. Another broadcaster, Esther Marin-Catorce, made it to the provincial board of South Cotabato.

Bagonoc, a popular anchor at the Catholic Church-run radio station dxCP before joining the political arena several years ago, finished second in the race for the 12 city council seats here.

She was first elected in 1987 and was reelected in 1992, 1995 and in the 2010 elections.

Bagonoc, who ran under the Liberal Party-Achiever’s with Integrity Movement (LP-AIM), is presently majority floor leader of the city council, which is dominated by her party.

She earlier pushed for the passage of city council resolutions supporting the live media coverage for the Ampatuan massacre trial and the amendment of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

In Koronadal City, incumbent councilor Araquil took the ninth of the 10 city council seats for another three-year term despite running as an independent.

She initially gained popularity as reporter and anchor of radio station Bombo Radyo and later of the defunct GMA Super Radyo Koronadal.

Earlier this year, Araquil resumed her radio career as anchor of the newly-opened radio station Brigada News FM in Korondal City but filed a leave of absence when the local campaign period started last March 29.

Catorce, who will complete her three straight terms as Koronadal City councilor in June, is presently at third place in the race for the seven provincial board seats in South Cotabato’s second district.

A stalwart of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), she anchored various programs at the Radio Mindanao Network’s station dxKR in Koronadal City and at the defunct GMA Super Radyo Koronadal before winning a seat at the Koronadal city council in 2004.

Catorce is currently on leave as anchor of radio station Brigada News FM in Korondal City. (PNA)

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