More Leyte women bets seen in May polls

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Monday, March 11, 2013

WOMEN in Leyte are definitely active in politics as the premier province in Eastern Visayas has the most number of women candidates running for Congress, provincial board members, and mayors.

For board member, the province has Tanauan ABC president Gina Merilo and Governor Mimmiette Bagulaya, who are running in the first and third district, respectively.

Governor Bagulaya, whose term as vice governor was supposed to end by June this year, opted to run for board member in her district composed of the Leyte, Calubian, San Isidro, Villaba and Tabango towns.


For Congress, Leyte fourth district Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez is seeking re-election. She is, however, the only woman seeking for a congressional seat in Leyte’s five congressional districts.

In the first district, Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla and Babatngon Mayor Chari Chan are seeking fresh terms, while Tolosa Vice Mayor Virgie Palaña is challenging the town’s incumbent mayor. Alangalang Vice Mayor Eileen Apurillo, San Miguel Councilor Chekay Esperaz.

In the second district, women candidates include Burauen incumbent Mayor Fe Renomeron, and her woman challenger is Erlinda Balais. Also seeking the mayoralty post are lawyer Jeatte Palabrica of Dulag, Janice Beriso of MacArthur, Capoocan Vice-Mayor Marietta Porciuncula, Tunga Councilor Catalina Agda and Carigara businesswoman Tonette Apostol.

Tabango Mayor Ma. Corazon Remandaban is seeking for a re-election while Susan Ang of San Isidro is seeking a new term.

Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari is eyeing for the same position. Cari is being challenged by businesswoman Malot Galenzoga. Daisy Lleve is running for mayor of Mahaplag.

Meanwhile, involvement of politics of women in Samar is also dynamic.
This, as two women are vying for the highest provincial post—re-electionist Gov. Sharee Ann Tan and Jessica Uy-Delgado of Calbayog City.

Samar second district Rep. Mila Tan is being challenged by Board Member Eunice Babalcon.

In Eastern Samar, Guiuan three-termer Mayor Annaliz Kwan is challenging incumbent Rep. Ben Evardone. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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