Salceda, Co to face off for Congress

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LEGAZPI CITY: The upcoming 2016 polls in Albay is expected to become an interesting one after Gov. Joey Salceda and well-known businessman Rep. Christopher Co of Ako Bicol party-list will be fighting for the congressional seat here.

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Salceda declared his intention to run for 2016 congressional race 13 months before his term ends as governor of Albay.

On March 8, Salceda officially transferred his residency from Polangui to Daraga town. Salceda registered as a voter of Daraga, Albay.

For the past eight years, the governor has been residing at Purok 5, Barangay Penafrancia, Daraga town.

Immediately after enlisting his residency in Daraga in compliance with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) registration of voter guidelines for one to be a candidate, the governor said his eyeing to run as Liberal Party candidate in the Second District is to transform work-in-progress programs and projects he started for tourism, infrastructure, transportation, education, climate change and health.

Salceda cited some of his vital projects in the district such as the completion of the Daraga International Airport, the Southrail Project or the Manila-Albay-Matnog, funding for the two critical bridges from Cagraray to Batan and Batan to Rapu-Rapu, and other infrastructure projects.

Salceda’s ancestors came from Polangui, Albay, in the Third District – where he served as three-term representative. During his three terms as congressman of the Third District of Albay (June 1998-February 2007), Salceda was appointed the chairman of the House committees on trade, oversight, economic affairs and appropriations.

He served as Cabinet Chief of Staff and Economic Adviser under the Arroyo administration. In 2007, he became provincial governor.

Co, a low-profile but successful businessmen in Albay, is the brother of business tycoon Elizaldy “Zaldy” Co, the chief executive officer of the family-owned Sunwest Group of Companies that is into real estate development, construction and hydro power generation, among others.

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