Battle of heavyweights in ’Gapo, Zambales
NEXT year’s elections in Zambales and Olongapo City are expected to be like a pound-for-pound boxing match after prominent and influential political figures filed their certificates of candidacy.
In Zambales, it will be a close fight between reelectionist Gov. Amor Deloso (Liberal Party) and Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. (Lapiang Manggagawa) for the gubernatorial race.
Ebdane, a native of Zambales north, backed out from the presidential race due to funding and preparation constraints.
Another gubernatorial bet, Rose Enciso-Magsaysay, daughter of former Gov. Vicente Magsaysay, also filed her CoC.
For Congress, Vice Gov. Anne Gordon will challenge reelectionist Rep. Mitos Magsaysay in the first district.
Magsaysay was the first to dislodge a Gordon from office when she defeated former Olongapo City Mayor Kate Gordon, wife of presidential aspirant Dick Gordon, in 2001.
Deloso’s daughter and former Vice Gov. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla will face last termer Rep. Antonio Diaz and businessman Alfred Mendoza (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) in the 2nd district.
In Olongapo City, Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. will face former Zambales Gov. Vicente “VicMag” Magsaysay in the mayoral race.
Magsaysay said he decided to run for the Olongapo City mayorship because the Gordons failed to deliver true progress and that nearby towns have surpassed the city in terms of economic development. By: Ruben A. Veloria - People's Journal