Mayor Jimmy Joyce of Jose Abad Santos in this province, who is on his temporary liberty for gun charges, is seeking reelection against former Mayor Alexander Wangkay and former Vice Mayor Mario Guillermo.
Joyce and Wangkay already filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) on Tuesday while Guillermo has yet to file his on Wednesday.
It can be recalled that Joyce and six bodyguards were arrested by agents of the Regional Intelligence Unit 11 of the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group last August 2 at his house in Caburan Small, Jose Abad Santos after 12 high-powered firearms were seized there.
The cases filed against the bodyguards were dismissed while Joyce is still facing charges for violation of illegal possession of firearms and explosives at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Digos City.
Of the three mayoral candidates, Guillermo is enjoying the support of the majority of incumbent municipal councilors, barangay captains and private and government organizations.
In Magsaysay town, Mayor Jess Lumanog and Vice Mayor Marty Basunillo was accompanied by gubernatorial aspirant Claude Bautista to file their reelection bid Monday afternoon.