Friday, March 27, 2009
Boy Daku still for Re-election: Health not a Hindrance
Butuan – Definitely the standard bearer of Lakas-NUCD here in Butuan is bent on running for a re-election comes 2010 National and Local election for his last term.
In a scheduled mayor’s Forum held yesterday, Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II announced he may have kidney ailment, aneurism and recently underwent angioplasty, but he is stronger and capable for serving yet another term and remained unfazed by reports that incumbent 2nd District Congressman Edilmiro Amante will be his contender.
The Commission on Local Elections recently announced the early schedule for the filing of candidacy in November of this year as they prepare for the full automation in 2010 May elections.
With the Mayors’ pronouncement, the two biggest political clans in Agusan shall clash anew. It is to be recalled that in 2007 elections, it was a battle between Mayor Plaza and then incumbent Agusan del Norte 2nd District Congresswoman Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante. She almost won. 2007 election in Butuan was the highest ever recorded history of vote buying by the Amante’s in thousand pesos. Mayor Plaza has been saved by the votes from the outlying barangays whom he had extended help in previous years.
The Mayor added during the said forum, “The 2007 result proves once more, that money is not the barometer in winning the political battle”.
The Lakas-NUCD has yet to convene to formalize its line up for the 2010 elections, to fill in the vacancy for city councillors, having three incumbents who were serving their last terms namely, Salvador Calo,and Rodrigo Dayaday, Atty. Lope Bunol hopes to retire and opted not to have a second term.
Meanwhile, the opposition that is most likely to run in 2010 elections are the following: for Mayor, Edilmiro Amante, former Vice Mayor Angelo Calo, for congressman my DPA told me Jijil Jimenez is being wooed to run again. Number one councillor Erwin Dano is for re-election, and so is incumbent Councillor Atty. Laurence Fortun. To add the list for City Councillor is former Congresswoman Charito Plaza and Ryan Anthony Culima.