Bulan, Sorsogon, November 23, 2009: Mayor Helen C. De Castro, seeking a third-term re-election in May 2010 and  her Lakas-Kampi-CMD party line-up, were  early birds in filing  their certificates of candidacy before the local Commission on Elections today. Except for Vice-Mayor Manuel D. Gogola, who is still in Manila, all the councilor candidates were present.

Mayor De Castro is seeking to set a record third straight term to duplicate the feat of her predecessor three-termer husband-mayor, Guiming, who is now vying for the vice-gubernatorial candidate in tandem with former Governor Raul R. Lee.

Among the De Castro’s line-up, four are incumbent councilors, Kagawad Patricia Guran, Kagawad Simmy Gerona, Kagawad Jolife Dellomas and Kagawad Guillermo C. De Castro, Jr. The other four are also very strong contenders and they include incumbent three-termer Provincial Board Member Bernard Hao, former three-termer Kagawad Jose Tan, Zone 4 Barangay Chairman Chito Del Monte and Engr. Ronnie Gigantone.

Except for freshman Kagawad Bobby Que, Mayor De Castro’s present political group in the Sangguniang Bayan comprises the majority. Of  these members, Kagawad Joey Guban is seeking a Provincial Board Member position, graduating Kagawad Elmer Burias will run as an independent vice-mayoralty candidate but will support Mayor De Castro, while Kagawad Augusto Geronga is due to finish his three-terms.

In the last four elections since 1998, the De Castro line-ups have consistently captured the majority of all the Council seats.

The present surveys show Mayor Helen De Castro and her group showing a very clear margin ahead of the political opposition. In 2004, De Castro defeated all the five other opposition candidates even if their votes were combined, and in  2007, she trounced her two other rivals by more than five thousand votes.

At present, the political opposition of Bulan, divided in two other groups, are still trying to complete their slots. The period of filing shall last until December 1.


Filed under Bulan News and Events


  1. mercy de castro

    gud am, mam I Hope na manalo kayo ngayon 2010 bilang isang mayor, man baka kilala nyo yon isak de castro dpo namin alam kong patay na sya kasi noon buhay pa yon father ko hinahanap po sya, taga anabu imus, cavite po kame,

  2. Oh! really? I never knew about this before. Glad I saw this post. Anyway, I’m just hope for a clean and safe election this 2010. And who ever wins, I wish he/she can change our country from its current state. Thanks for sharing!


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