At least three Albay politicians aspiring for legislative positions in the upcoming 2013 elections were the early birds in filing certificates of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office here until noon today.
First to file COC for representative of the 3rd Congressional District was incumbent and three-term town mayor of Pioduran, Albay, Dante Arandia at 8:05 a.m. followed by Ricky Ziga, incumbent first-term Provincial Board Member for the same position in the province’s first district around 10:23 a.m.
Minutes before noon, former Jovellar, Albay Town Mayor Jose “Boy” Archangel filed his COC for Provincial Board Member of the 3rd district and bared belonging to the 2013 elections team of former Albay governor and incumbent 2nd District Rep. Al Francis Bichara.
Arandia shall contest incumbent 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzales for the position, while a vacuum for the seat of congressman in first district looms with incumbent Rep. Edcel Lagman’s present third consecutive term.
In the first district, a revival of the Ziga-Lagman war is set to explode anew with Provincial Board Member Ziga’s filing of COC and Rep. Lagman’s public statement that his son, Edcel Jr., is to run for congressman in next year’s elections.
Ziga, is the son of former senator, and former Cory Aquino-appointed Albay Governor Victor Ziga.
The younger Lagman came to Comelec provincial office minutes after the younger Ziga’s filing of COC to consult with the election supervisor on rules to be complied with should he decide to file his own candidacy anytime today or within the prescribed period.
The older Lagman and the older Ziga were political nemeses in the past.