MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan: A battle-royale between two powerful political families in Meycauayan City looms after the candidates for mayorship of the said city and bets for the congressional race filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).
A festive mood was witnessed in Meycauayan City, , known for its world-class jewelry industry, after Manny Alarilla, son of outgoing last termer Mayor Joan Alarilla, filed his COC for mayor at the city election office.
Incumbent Mayor Alarilla, on the other hand, filed her COC for congresswoman in the fourth district at the provincial Comelec office in this historic capital city.
The younger Alarilla, who served as executive consultant of Mayor Alarilla, will face lawyer Henry Villarica, husband of incumbent fourth district Rep. Lynabelle Villarica, who will run for a third and last term as congressional representative in the fourth district vis-à-vis Mayor Alarilla, thus making it a “mother and son” tandem of the Alarillas versus the “husband and wife” team of the Villaricas.
In Bocaue, thousands of the residents lined up the streets to show their support to former provincial administrator Jim Valerio, who filed his COC for the mayoralty race.
Valerio is an independent candidate but is also running with a complete ticket of independent bets for vice mayor and municipal councilors.
His running mate is Ray “Player Move” Bautista.
Valerio’s ticket for councilors include Eglich Mendoza-Artuz, Randi Pascual, Marvin dela Cruz, Joel martin Alcaraz, Rod Vincent “Rocky” dela Cruz, Santy Nicolas and Jose Porcinculla Viray.
Meanwhile, in the first district of the province, youth leader Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado, son of incumbent Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, filed his COC for congressman.
He vowed to continue the leadership and public service of her mother—outgoing first district Rep. Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado.
A bemedalled youth leader, Sy-Alvarado recently finished a political science course at the Oxford University in London, England and is also a magna cum laude graduate of Business Administration (masteral degree) of San Beda College.