Bulan, Sorsogon, December 7, 2009: It appears to be a repeat of the 2007 election contest as Mayor Helen C. De Castro once more as 59 of the 63 Punong Barangays of Bulan pledged their support for Mayor De Castro and her party candidates in the coming May 2010 automated election. This was confirmed by the barangay officials themselves during one of their Liga ng mga Barangay meetings. They have also come up with a manifesto objecting to the dirty political tactic of one political opposition candidate vying for the mayoralty in next year’s contest. (This Manifesto is due for release to the media)
Of the sixty-three Barangay Chairmen, only four are left for the two other political groups in Bulan. Barangay Chairman Antonio Boncan of Gate who is now running for a council seat, together with the Barangay Chairmen of M. Roxas and San Francisco, support Kampi Party standard-bearer Atty. Redentor Guyala, while San Isidro Barangay Chairman Permo Evasco is also a candidate for councilor under the Aksyon Demokratiko/ Liberal Party of Cesar “Boy” Gogola. The Barangay Chairman of Cadandanan, Rommel Gutay, previously known to support Guyala has now shifted allegiance to Mayor Helen De Castro and her group.
Ask why they have continuously supported the De Castros, Danao Chairman Manuel Panelo declared that the incumbent administration has performed very satisfactorily in running the affairs of the local government from 1995 up to the present time, so there is no need to change the present leaders. As to the De Castros having stayed already this long in office, Marinab Chairman Randolph Morata said that it is not a question of how long a particular official has stayed in office but the quality of his or her performance that is to be considered. On the issue of a political dynasty in the local level, Liga Vice-President Excel Zuniga said that the people of Bulan is responsible for electing their officials to office, and that the democratic electoral process should be respected and that this question should be thrown back to the local opposition who have also fielded a number of their family members in the forthcoming elections. One Chairman who requested anonymity remarked that, “ Sa kaawat-awati na san panahon, harayuon an iba na lider-politika sa pakiupod san mga De Castro. An mayad na ugali an wara ini na mga kandidato sa loyo. Puwera pa suon, may pormalidad nan katultulan pag-abot sa politika an mga De Castro. Samantalang an mga nasa loyo na partido, puro lang pagpakaraot nan paglibak. Dapat bag-uhon nira ini na ugali nira. Tapos sige nira an siyak sin pagbabag-o pero an mga ugali nira sa politika dire man nagbabag-o.”
The Barangay Chairmen also emphasized that they are going to do everything they can to convince other barangay officials in their jurisdiction to join them in their support for the De Castro re-election.
Candidates court barangay chairmen because they play very vital leadership roles and influence during election time and their support are very crucial to every candidate seeking local office.