Motorcades, rallies kick off campaign of local aspirants

AFTER THE MOTORCADE, the Bagong Timpla slate – Gov. Joseph Cua, Cong. Hector Sanchez and San Andres Mayor Peter Cua, together with former Virac Mayor Sammy Laynes, walked to the Virac Town Center for their proclamation rally.

Long motorcades and proclamation rallies were held in various parts of the island last Friday, March 25, 2022, as the frenzied 45-day campaign for local posts kicked off with a cacophony of jingles from mobile sound systems.

The Bagong Timpla coalition of Lakas-CMD, PDP-Laban and Nationalist People’s Coalition, led by Governor Joseph Cua as chairman, proclaimed their provincial and municipal slates at the Virac Town Center following a motorcade that began in Virac at 1 PM and went through the towns of Bato, Baras, San Miguel and San Andres.

At the Metrowalk stage, the provincial chief executive led his Bagong Timpla leaders, reelectionist Congressman Hector Sanchez (Lakas) and vice gubernatorial bet and San Andres Mayor Peter Cua (PDP-Laban) in the well-attended event.

Also proclaimed during the rally were Sangguniang Panlalawigan candidates: incumbents PBM Edwin Tanael (Lakas) of Baras and Robert Fernandez (Reporma) of Panganiban, Viga third-termer councilor Josevan Balidoy (PDP-Laban) and US balikbayan Dean Roberto Vergara (Lakas) of Baras for the East district, and incumbent PBMs Rafael Zuniega (NPC) and Alan del Valle (Ind.), and former PBM Atty. Fred Gianan Jr. (PDP-Laban) and Virac councilor Jose Romeo Francisco (Lakas) for the West district.

Among the municipal tandems whose hands were raised by Gov. Cua were former Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes (PDP-Laban) and Vice Mayor Arlynn Arcilla (NPC); Viga Mayor Emeterio Tarin (NPC) and Vice Mayor Cesar Cervantes (NPC); San Miguel Mayor Francisco Camano Jr. (PDP-Laban) and vice mayoral bet Alexander Teves (NPC); San Andres Councilor Gregorio Salvador (PDP-Laban), who is running for vice mayor; Panganiban Mayor Cesar Robles (NPC) and Councilor Tito Villamor (NPC); Caramoran Mayor Glenda Aguilar (Lakas) and Vice Mayor Chyrrel Barro (Lakas); and, former Baras vice mayor Chito Chi (PDP-Laban).

Although his name was called during the presentation of candidates, Baras Mayor Jose Paolo Teves III (NPC) was not present.

Also absent were candidates from Pandan and Bagamanoc, which have been declared a “free zone” as competing bets are allied with the Bagong Timpla coalition, as well as former Gigmoto Mayor Armando Guerrero (NPC) and vice mayoral bet Rodrigo Turado (Lakas), who had scheduled their proclamation rally on the same evening.

San Andres Vice Mayor Leo Mendoza (LP), who seeks to replace Mayor Cua, did not show up.

However, there were incumbent and aspiring candidates for Sangguniang Bayan from most of the 11 towns who attended the event.

In his message, the coalition’s bet for vice governor, third-termer Mayor Peter Cua, told the audience of ward leaders and supporters of his administration’s “no-delay” public service that has brought not only progress for the second-biggest town through nine years of uninterrupted rule.

He vowed to bring this brand of service, as well as his support for various sectors of the community, including teachers and the LBGTQ group, to the entire province if victorious this May.

Congressman Hector Sanchez, who is reportedly lagging in surveys, urged voters to elect him to a second term to realize the Catandunganon’s dream of cheaper and more reliable electricity through the submarine power cable project.

Apologizing for his lengthy absence during the pandemic quarantine, he said that he devoted that time away from the island to finding through Congress resources that he could bring to Catanduanes, including P170 million in medical assistance that benefited 10,000 indigent patients.

He pointed out that during each of the past three years, he allocated P48 million annually to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center (EBMC) for the same assistance, compared to just P5 million yearly brought by his predecessor.

Through DOLE’s TUPAD program, Cong, Sanchez disclosed that more than P100 million were dispensed to cash-for-work beneficiaries in the 11 towns.

Three thousand students were recipients of financial assistance through CHED and P700 million in funding, out of the requested P2.2 billion, had been released for the rehabilitation of damaged school buildings, he added.

More than P10 billion worth of various infrastructure projects were implemented by the DPWH in Catanduanes through his initiative, including the continuation of the Imelda boulevard expansion and extension project.

He reserved most of his speech to the submarine power cable project, which he stressed is now past the design stage and would move to the construction phase this April with the signing of an agreement between the National Transmission Corporation and FICELCO.

“This is not just political propaganda,” Sanchez said, “as my reputation and political career is at stake.”

The first-timer solon also recited the bills he has filed in Congress, several of whom are targeted towards the development of all 11 towns through proper planning and establishment of economic zones.

He vowed to give top priority to food security, livelihood, and reliable but affordable power through submarine interconnection with the Luzon main grid.

In a video presentation after the congressman’s speech, UP Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo, a consultant of Transco, revealed that the construction agreement would be signed soon, with manufacturing of the twin power cables to be completed in six months and the project to begin in 2022.

The cables will be laid by 2023, with actual interconnection with the main grid to happen by 2025, the power industry expert stated, and this would stabilize the power situation in the island and bring cheaper rates every year.

Aiming to become the first post-EDSA governor in Catanduanes to finish three straight terms, Gov. Joseph Cua asked for his constituent’s continued support for the entire slate of the Bagong Timpla.

But he chose to focus most of his time to defend Cong. Sanchez against criticism of his absence during the pandemic quarantine and allegations that the submarine power cable project would not be realized as promised.

The governor likewise bared that he and the congressman chose the former’s brother as his vice governor as replacement for the incumbent who he said left the alliance.

He assured that the “3-in-1” Bagong Timpla would pursue its tested practice of providing assistance to the people and pursue the expansion of the EBMC or establish a new health facility to complement its services to the people.

Cua thanked his constituents, especially barangay officials and health workers, for their cooperation with his administration during the quarantine and in the vaccination campaign.

He strongly encouraged voters to give him a congressman who is an ally and for the capital town to bring back Laynes as mayor of Virac.

Earlier, TGP Partylist Rep. Jose Teves Jr., through his chief of staff Romeo Asuncion, also expressed support for the grand coalition and reminded the crowd of TGP’s allocation to Catanduanes of 50% of its hard and soft projects, along with numerous assistance for farmers and various sectors through government agencies.

In Bagamanoc, Mayor Remigio Villaluna proclaimed his bets for the top posts – his son, former Mayor Vincent Villaluna (NP), and former PBM Juan Velchez Jr. (Lakas) – in a rally at the town plaza that was attended by about 2,000 people mostly from the rural barangays.

The tandem is being opposed by Vice Mayor Odilon Pascua (PDP-Laban) and Councilor Edwin de Leon (PDP-Laban).

In Pandan, the group of former Mayor Raul Tabirara and Vice Mayor Eric Rodriguez, both of PDP-Laban, staged a motorcade and rally on Friday, with Mayor Honesto Tabligan II (Ind.) and his slate scheduled to hold their own last Monday (Mar. 28).

For his part, congressional candidate and former Bato Mayor Eulogio Rodriguez joined Virac Mayor Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr. in a house-to-house campaign in the Ilawod district where the group briefly encountered the motorcade of former Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes at an intersection.

Former Congressman Cesar Sarmiento had his headquarters and campaign vehicles blessed by a priest on Saturday while Vice Governor Shirley Araojo-Abundo led her slate on a motorcade and house-to-house campaign from Viga to Bagamanoc on the same day.

Retired DPWH legal officer Atty. Oliver Rodulfo, on the other hand, spearheaded a motorcade from Bato towards Virac and San Andres on Sunday, March 27, to launch campaign for the lone district.

One thought on “Motorcades, rallies kick off campaign of local aspirants

  1. Bakit ang Albay Kung saan ang Tiwi Geothermal Plant ay matagal ng may brown out at mahal ang bayad sa Kuryente? Please Congressman Sanchez explain as this may reflect the effect of your pet project to our province.

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