2019 Elections: Catanduanes Provincial Candidates

Catanduanes has recently became a subject of a series of media attention from the death  of the first journalist killed under the Duterte Administration, Larry Que in 2016, to the discovery of an alleged illegal drugs laboratory and the assignment to the province of the controversial cop, Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. The person of interest in both issues is no other than Governor Joseph Cua who is seeking re-election this 2019. Will these unnecessary media attention benefit him, or his contenders?

For 2019, five filed certificates of candidacies for governor. However, the race is only seen as two- to three-cornered one. It is between Cua and Congressman Cesar Sarmiento who hopped from the Liberal Party (LP) to Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Journalist Marlon Suplig could rise as the third contender though might find it an uphill battle since he only has one of the 4Ms — the media — on his side. The other Ms he need to produce are “machinery”, “manpower” and, most of all, “money”.

In the Vice Gubernatorial race, incumbent Shirley Abundo, running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) has two contenders and these are Emmanuel Rodulfo, Independent (Ind), and Roderick Tapel of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

The complete list of candidates for the provincial positions is as follows:

Governor

  1. CHAVEZ, FERNANDO MATIENZO (Ind)
  2. CUA, JOSEPH CHUA (United Nationalist Alliance or UNA)
  3. SARMIENTO, CESAR VERGARA (PDP-Laban)
  4. SUPLIG, MARLON DIONSON (Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats or Lakas-CMD)
  5. VEGA, RENE OGENA (Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan or PDDS)

Vice Governor

  1. ABUNDO, SHIRLEY ARAOJO (PFP)
  2. RODULFO, EMMANUEL PEREYRA (Ind)
  3. TAPEL, RODERICK MENDOZA (NPC)

Sangguniang Panlalawigan — First District

  1. ASANZA, NEL BIEN (UNA)
  2. BALMADRID, GIOVANNI ALDAVE (NPC)
  3. GIANAN, FREDESWINDO JR. ARCILLA (PDP-Laban)
  4. LUCERO, PEPITO FERNANDEZ (Lakas-CMD)
  5. POPA, NATALIO JR. CAMACHO (PFP)
  6. ZAFE, SANTOS VARGAS (PDP-Laban)
  7. ZAFE, HERMIN TALARO (UNA)
  8. ZUNIEGA, RAFAEL CREO (UNA)

Sangguniang Panlalawigan — Second District

  1. FERNANDEZ, ROBERT AQUINO (UNA)
  2. ANAEL, EDWIN TAWAT (Ind)
  3. TEMPLONUEVO, LORENZO JR. TIMAJO (NPC)
  4. TORRES, FRANCISCO DELACRUZ (Ind)
  5. TURADO, ARNEL BARRAMEDA (UNA)
  6. VELCHEZ, JUAN JR. ARCILLA (UNA)
  7. VILLALUNA, VINCENT VICENTE (Nacionalista Party or NP)
  8. VITALICIO, CESAR CABRERA (Ind)
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