By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
BULAN, Sorsogon (BicolToday.com/19-April-2012) – The congressional seat of the second district will be a tight race for incumbent Representative Deogracias ‘Ding’ Ramos after the declaration of former three termer mayor Guillermo ‘Guiming’ de Castro of this town that he is focusing his attention to grab the district representation from the incumbent.
De Castro in a press conference called yesterday at his farm residence declared that he is running for Congressman in his district noting that he is seeking his party nomination as its standard bearer in the 2013 midterm election.
The presence of Governor Raul Lee and the mayors of Irosin, Bulusan and Juban towns belonging to the second district added to his stocks that pundits believed a battle royale is forthcoming. The local executives of the towns of Prieto Diaz and Barcelona are close associate of the governor and perceived to support the bid of aspirant De Castro. That of the towns of Sta. Magdalena, Matnog and Gubat needs to be swayed. They are Ramos turf.
Bulan will give me the margin needed to grab the seat, its my hometown said de Castro. Their family is a political power in Bulan town for in the last eighteen years and before that a De Castro was elected in the national assembly and governed as local chief executive.
Also seen during the presscon was PCSO director Ricardo Golpeo who ran and lost to Ramos in a six corner fight back in 2010 congressional contest. He is throwing his support to De Castro. At the open forum, De Castro said that the presence of ranking town officials was a positive indication that they too support his bid to unseat incumbent Ramos.
He allayed reports that his lost in the 2010 vice-gubernatorial race was a lesson of reality that he is not equipped to meet the challenges of legislative works, instead aggressively pointed to his records of public governance which transformed his once third class town as a first class municipality.
It was done by means of his program insights that were considered doable by the local Sanggunian, he said. He also played out that his health and age is a plus for the voters indirectly attacking the physical condition of Ramos and his twilight political years. Ramos is believed healthy but his age is past his prime.
The timing of De Castro nip in the bud aspiring and come backing politicians who are probable candidates for the congress post. It was a maneuver under the patronage of Governor Lee. BicolToday.com
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