CEBU CITY: The local party Barug Alang sa Kauswagan ug Demokrasya (Bakud) in Cebu’s fifth congressional district has announced its candidates in 11 local government units for the 2016 elections.
The party also officially endorsed the incumbent governor, vice governor, Provincial Board members and the fifth district representative who are all seeking reelection.
Bakud is the first political party in the province to hold a convention and nomination of candidates for next year’s elections.
The event was held at the Danao City Civic Center on Thursday and was witnessed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide 3rd, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and barangay chairmen from different towns and municipalities.
Before the candidates were proclaimed, seven officials took oath as new Bakud party members, including Liloan Vice Mayor Lucelito Pilapil, a former One Cebu Party member.
The fifth district is composed of the municipalities of Borbon, Carmen, Catmon, Compostela, Liloan, Pilar, Poro, San Francisco, Sogod, Tudela and Danao City.
“I’m very proud to say that the fifth district of Cebu strongly supports the party because we deliver what we promise and we are responsible for the people of the fifth district,” said Danao Vice Mayor Ramon Durano 6th, Bakud president.
Among the candidates that Bakud is fielding next year are Neal Vergara and Manuel Fernando Larrañaga for mayor and vice mayor in Borbon respectively and reelectionists Mayor Dan Jusay and Vice Mayor Irish Baylon-Gestopa of Catmon and Mayor Joel Quiño and Vice Mayor Josephine Abing of Compostela.
Rep. Joseph Felix Mari Durano (Cebu, fifth district), vice president of Bakud, said there are 1,778 elected positions, from barangay councilors to congressman, in the fifth district.
“Bakud members filled some 1,589 positions or about 89 percent of all elected officials after the May 2013 elections,” he added.