NAGA CITY: A younger brother of former first lady now Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos is running for the position of barangay chief where the former first family reportedly owned vast lands and houses at Barangay Tambo of Pamplona some 20 kilometers from this city.
Pamplona is part of the province’s second congressional district represented by Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo, son of former President now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga.
Records at the Commission on Elections showed that Armando Trinidad Romualdez, 76, filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) as punong barangay for the October 28 barangay election.
With a population of close to 3,000 residents, Tambo—along the Maharlika Highway—has 1,800 registered voters according to Pamplona acting election officer Irene Morga.
The records showed Rom-ualdez filed his COC as early on October 11, the first day of the filing for barangay election candidates.
Saying he is the second to the youngest among the six siblings, Romualdez credentials show he is an agriculture graduate at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños where he met and married his wife, Vilma Avila of Pamplona town. His record also shows he had been a voter of Pamplona for the past 15 years and shuttles from Manila to Pamplona almost weekly.
Romualdez owns 75 hectares of property and has reportedly donated three hectares for a cemetery site, 5.5 hectares for the landless, and six hectares for the municipal building and road site.
Win or lose, Romualdez said he would attend to the irrigation of some 6,000 hectares of rice land, installation of household water system, and development of livestock industry for Tambo residents with 50,000 heads of cattle.