Four Zubiris running in polls
DAVAO CITY – Another candidate from the Zubiri family is gunning for a seat in government as a member of the House of Representatives: businessman Jose Ma. Zubiri III, son of the incumbent governor and brother of Team Unity senatorial candidate Juan Miguel.
This brings to four candidates from the Zubiri family in the May 2007 elections, including re-electionist Malaybalay City vice Mayor Iñaki W. Zubiri, nephew of the governor.
Zubiri III will gun for the post of his brother Juan Miguel, who is on his last term as representative of Bukidnon’s sugar-rich third district.
Lawyer Fabian Gardonez (PMP) is the younger Zubiri’s only opponent in the third district.
Incumbent Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. (Lakas CMD), who vowed upon election in 2001 to complete three terms, is running again. Bukidnon 1 st District Rep. JR Nereus Acosta (LP) will challenge Zubiri.
Acosta, who challenged the proposed division of Bukidnon into two provinces backed by Zubiri, is ending his third and last term as congressman.
Acosta’s running mate, Ricardo Doydora and incumbent Vice Gov. Alex Calingasan are both from Bukidnon’s first district.
Acosta’s younger sister Ma. Lourdes Acosta is running for the congressional seat in Bukidnon’s first district against former elections commissioner Virgillio Garcillano.
Zubiri, Lakas stalwart in Bukidnon, did not back Garcillano, who is running as an independent candidate. Zubiri is backing Candido Pancrudo, the same candidate he backed in 2004 who lost to Acosta.
Incumbent second district Rep. Teofisto Guingona III has the most number of opponents, including former Bukidnon Gov. Ernesto Tabios, who is running as an independent candidate.
Two candidates from Kampi, President Arroyo’s party, are pitted against Guingona, Glen Galario, son of Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario, Jr. and businessman Roderico Bioco. The Liberal Party has also fielded a candidate, Marlo Gevrardo Artacho for the congressional seat. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews with reports from Mel B. Madera from Malaybalay City)