CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas was the earliest bird to file a certificate of candidacy (COC) for governor of this province at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office here on Friday.
Her running mate, former Vice Governor Edward Thomas Joson, was represented by his counsel Bembol Castillo.
They are expected to slug it out with incumbent Governor Aurelio Umali and his brother, incumbent Vice Governor Anthony Umali.
Cuevas, who is national treasurer of the Cusi-led PDP-Laban faction, was followed in filing the COC by her partymates for Sangguniang Panlalawigan seats, including actor Jayson Abalos of the second district.
She vowed to expand to the province what she accomplished for her city, particularly on employment, health and other services.
Cuevas’ daughter, 25-year-old Vianne, also filed her COC for mayor of Palayan City, along with her vice mayoralty running mate and Sangguniang Panlungsod team.
Meanwhile, Gapan City Mayor Emerson Pascual, also of PDP-Laban, likewise filed his candidacy for representative of Nueva Ecija’s fourth congressional district.
He will challenge incumbent Rep. Maricel Nagaño. Pascual defeated Nagano in the city’s mayoralty post in 2016.
The Comelec, along with the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office and Army’s 7th Infantry Division, strictly enforced security and public health standards within its premises for the filing of COCs. (PNA)