BAGUIO CITY: With only 11 days before the May 13 midterm elections, the selection of leaders in Calanasan town in Apayao province is already a done deal.
Apayao provincial election officer Atty. Ricardo Lampac reported that Calanasan incumbent mayor Elias Bulut Sr., considered the patriarch of politics in the province, is running unopposed.
The town’s incumbent vice mayor, Martin Lucero Lawat, is also running unopposed.
Lampac said that the Calanasan municipal council is composed of eight councilors and there were nine individuals who filed their certificate of candidacy (COC) last year—but one of them opted to “withdraw” his candidacy after internal arrangement with other politicians.
The provincial officer said that Edgar Bulsao withdrew his candidacy, which leaves the remaining eight council candidates sure winners in next month’s elections.
The remaining eight candidates are Joey Agubo, Juliet Aliga, Gerry Andres, Alibert Aquino, Shamir Bulut, Promencio Marrero, Ernesto Saleng and Scott Sucbot.
“Good for these candidates because they only need one vote to win while they cut on expenses,” Lampac said.
Lampac also reported to Commission on Elections regional director Atty. Jose Nick Mendros and ranking officers of the police and military that they expect minimal political tension in other Apayao towns of Apayao since six candidates for mayor in seven towns are unopposed.
He added that four candidates are also running unopposed.
Besides Bulut, the other unopposed candidates for mayors are Joseph Amid of Kabugao, Leonardo Dangoy of Conner, Efren de San Jose of Flora, Betty Verzola of Luna and Idol Guiang of Santa Marcela.
It’s only in Pudtol where Barry Laoat, son of incumbent mayor Batara, is facing opposition from Ronald Almazan.
The unopposed vice mayor candidates are Lawat of Calanasan, Randy Begtang of Conner, Rodolfo Juan Sr. of Flora and Evelyn Martinez of Santa Marcela.
Harley F. Palangchao