By Edwin Iyo
FORMER Misamis Oriental provincial board member Wayne Militante would be Vice Gov. Norris Babiera’s running mate in the 2013 elections.
Babiera announced this even as the Liberal Party (LP) in Misamis Oriental started finalizing its list of 2013 election bets last weekend.
Babiera has confirmed that the LP would field Rep. Peter Unabia as its candidate for congressman in the province’s 1st District.
The LP has yet to announce its candidate for congressman in the province’s 2nd District but talk has it that Villanueva Mayor Juliette Uy is one of those in the list.
Babiera has also confirmed that Marie Guingona would be the LP’s candidate for mayor in Gingoog City.
Babiera said the LP’s initial list of candidates for the provincial board in the 1st District include provincial board members Jabi Bernaldez and Benedict Lagbas, lawyer Vincent Pelaez of Balingasag, former assistant provincial administrator Michele Anayron, Gingoog Councilor Agnes Lee and Bibing Dumadag who is Unabia’s secretary.
Those in the LP list for the 2nd District are lawyers Jude Sabio of Tagoloan and Ramil Carreon of Jasaan, former assemblyman Homobono Adaza’s son Erwin of Naawan, Borres Oliver Actub of Opol and provincial board member Emmanuel Mugot.
For mayors in the 1st District: mayors Alexis Quina of Balingasag, Manuel Pamisa of Lagonglong, Romy Gue of Salay, Tomas Gumahin of Binuangan, Jerome Lagbas of Sugbongcogon, Danilo Lagbas Jr. of Kinoguitan and Pacifico Pupos Jr. of Medina.
In the LP list of mayoral candidates in the 1st district are Vice Mayor Rey Buhisan in Magsaysay, Mic-mic Veloso in Talisayan and the husband of Balingoan Mayor Perlita Espero.
Meanwhile, former Gingoog vice mayor Marlon Kho said he and other supporters of Unabia have also joined the LP and expect not to be left out.
If not, he said, another group in Gingoog could be formed and this might include Vice Mayor Erik Cañosa, councilors Mark Bagaipo and Margareth Heini, and ex-councilor Hedy de Lara. It may also include Councilor Roel Asuncion, former councilors Fred Cabana and April Vosotros, Ricky Parilla, the mother of former provincial board member Allan Ursal and two more councilors.
“Naa man ta sa political realignment karon so kami nga mga tawo ni Congressman Unabia nga nahimo nasad sakop sa LP kinahanglan sad maoban sa line-up sa Liberal,” said Kho.
But provincial board member Lagbas said the political realignment problems in Gingoog City have already been solved.
In Magasaysay, it’s likely going to be a three-cornered fight for the mayorship among Marites Gacus, Vice Mayor Buhisan and Mayor Santiago Ocot Jr.’s daughter.