Albay’s candidates for 2013 Congressional and Provincial Elections


A done deal. This phrase could best describe the gubernatorial and congressional elections in Albay particularly for the Second and Third Districts. Gov. Joey Salceda (LP) has no contender while 2nd Dist. Cong. Al Francis Bichara (NP) and 3rd Dist. Cong. Fernando V. Gonzales (LP) have none but token challengers.

In the First Congressional District, the post vacated by Cong. Edcel Lagman (KAMPI) is being sought by hi son, Edcel Jr. (LP) ,  Richard V. Ziga (UNA) and by Gregorio Contacto (PDP-Laban). There are expectations, however, that the fight will only be between Lagman and Ziga.

Another interesting, albeit not new, observation in the list of candidates is the presence of media practitioners. These include:  Walter Magdato (Independent) who is challenging Bichara; James Calisin who is challenging incumbent Vice Governor Harold Imperial (LP);and,  Job Belen (LP), Baby Glenda Bongao (LP), and Josue Martinez (Ako Bicol) who are all running for Provincial Board.

The complete list of candidates are as follows:

First Congressional  District

  • Contacto, Gregorio III. C. (PDP-Laban)
  • Lagman, Edcel B. Jr. (LP)
  • Ziga, Richard V. (UNA)

Second Congressional District

  • Bichara, Al Francis D. C. (NP)
  • Magdato, Walter L. (Ind.)

Third Congressional District

  • Arandia, Dante R. (Ind.)
  • Gonzalez, Fernando V. (LP)


  • Salceda, Jose Ma. Clemente (LP)

Vice Governor

  • Calisin, Jesus James B. (PDP-Laban)
  • Imperial, Harold O.  (LP)
  • Sael, Brando M. (Ind.)

Provincial Board Member

First Legislative District

  • Balayo, William B. (Ind.)
  • Base, Arsenio Jr. N. (UNA)
  • Belen, Job B. (LP)
  • Bilangel, Vicente B. (Ind.)
  • Bongao, Baby Glenda O. (LP)
  • Cao, Rodolfo Jr. B. (UNA-PMP)
  • Madrilejos, Jose Marino P. (NP)
  • Melgar, Fabiola C. (Ind.)

Second Legislative District

  • Aguilar, Poulien B. (Ind.)
  • Andes, Ralph A. (LP)
  • Arcangel, Jose N. (NP)
  • Baldo, Irvin G. (Ind.)
  • Calleja, Osty B. (Ind.)
  • Chan, Cerilo B. (NP)
  • Cristobal, Oscar Robert H. (LP)
  • Imperial, Richard Benjamin C. (LP)
  • Lawenko, Ramon C. (Ind.)
  • Martinez, Josue Joshua Jr. E. (Ako Bicol)
  • Rosal, Don R. (Ind.)

Third Legislative District

  • Alsua, Ramon S. (LP)
  • Borja, Herbert S. (LP)
  • Embestro, Arnold S. (LP)
  • Marcos, Mario P. (NP)
  • Riva, Rhederick N. (Ind.)
  • Sales, Ireneo Jr. T. (LP)

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