2019 Elections: Buhi, CamSur Candidates

Mayor Margie Aguinillo is seeking reelection in Buhi, Camarines Sur under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). She is being challenged by Vice Mayor Rey Lacoste who is one of the two holders of the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in the municipality.

The seat to be vacated by Lacoste is up for grabs by Jose Alfred Balagot who is running under PDP-Laban, and Diones Belza who is under NPC. Balagot and Belza lost in the 2016 mayoralty and vice mayoralty races, respectively.

In the councilorial elections, seven of the eight incumbents are seeking reelection making it an uphill fight for contenders. Only Salvacion Salamanque is not running.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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“Passing the buck” and lowering the age of criminal liability

When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multipied.

– Tacitus

On January 21, 2018, the Justice Committee panel of the House of Representatives (HOR) approved the substitute bill that would amend Republic Act 10630 which previously amended the  Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 (RA No. 9344). Under the substitute bill, children 9 to 14 years old who will commit serious crimes – such as murder, parricide, infanticide, serious illegal detention, carnapping, and violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 – be subjected to “mandatory confinement” for rehabilitation at Bahay Pag-asa.

In line with this, I posted a meme of a child behind bars with the caption: Ba’t natin ikukulong ang mga bata kung di nga maparusahan ang mga guilty na matatanda?

The meme generated mixed  reactions in and out of Facebook, mostly in my email account, from friends and acquaintances alike. The proposal at the HOR, indeed, is a divisive proposal that should be reviewed again and again.

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2019 Elections: Bombon, CamSur Candidates

Mayor Oca Borja is reasserting his hold on the local chief executive seat of Bombon, Camarines Sur. He is running under the Pilipino Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Borja is being challenged by incumbent Councilor Maria Luisa Angeles of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Borja and Angeles used to be party-mates in 2016 under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Incumbent Vice Mayor Eddie Alteza is likewise seeking re-election. He is being challenged by incumbent Councilor Raul Porteria. Alteza and Porteria also were members of UNA but are now running under NPA and PDP-Laban, respectively.

Only four of the seats in Sangguniang Bayan will be vacated as four incumbent councilors seek reelection.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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2019 Elections: Paracale, CamNorte Candidates

Paracale, Camarines Norte incumbent Mayor Lourdes Briguera is seeking reelection but this time under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) banner. She jumped from the National Unity Party, her party of choice in 2016. Romeo Moreno, who is now NUP’s standard bearer, will challenge her in the mayoralty race along with Adonis Salen.

In the vice mayoralty race, Vice Mayor Bernadette Asutilla will also be seeking re-election. This time, she will be under the NUP banner. She used to be the running mate of Salen under the Liberal Party last 2016.

Asutilla will have a rematch with Angelo Timoteo Molina of PDP-Laban. Molina lost to Asutilla by a little over 4,000  votes in a three-cornered race. Will Molina make it this time that there is no more third contender?

There are also three contenders for every seat in Sangguniang Bayan. Six of the incumbent councilors are seeking reelection and may have high chances of winning.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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2019 Elections: Daet, CamNorte Candidates

It is a duel this May 2019 in Daet, Camarines Norte. Former mayor Tito Sarion, running as an independent candidate, is aiming to return to his seat and is challenging incumbent Mayor Benito Ochoa. Will Ochoa, who is running under Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) fold his seat and give way to Sarion?

In the Vice Mayoralty race, there are three candidates who are aiming to occupy the seat to be vacated by Connie Sarion, These are Jose Angelo Coreses and Noel Ong who are both running as independent candidates, and Rosa Mia King of the PDP-Laban. King was last election’s top vote-getter candidate for councilor.

In the Sangguniang Bayan post, 35 candidates are in an electoral derby. Two of these are incumbent councilors.

The complete list of candidates is as follows:

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