Valencia City dad loses bid for 4th District Congress seat

VALENCIA CITY – Former Bukidnon Vice Governor Wenifredo Agripo and first termer Valencia City Councilor Rogelio Roque will fight it out in the May election next year for representative of the newly-created Bukidnon 4th District.

But another aspirant, Incumbent City Councilor Peduche has missed the boat having been beaten by the October 5 deadline of filing Certificate of Candidacy (COC).
Agripo and Roque have filed their COCs as aspirants for the Congress seat in the 2nd District, but will be running now in the 4th District which covers Valencia City, Pangantucan and Kalilangan.
The Commission on Elections has issued Resolution No. 9539 spelling out rules for candidates for representative of the new district.
Under the rules Agripo and Roque are now candidates for the 4th District Congress having filed their COCs for the 2nd District race before the creation of the 4th District, which includes Valencia City.
Peduche, who has long made known his wish to run for the new Congress seat, has not filed his COC and the Comelec resolution was silent on the case similar to his. He said he did not file a COC under 2nd District because he toyed with the idea that candidates could still file COC for the new district after the October 5 deadline.
Peduche assailed the Comelec resolution that he said deprived him of his right to run under the new district.
Marisa Estrella -Peduche’s wife earlier filed her COC for City Councilor in Valencia City.
Agripo, running under the banner of Liberal Party which is allied with Zubiri’s Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP), said he was happy that the peopleof Bukidnon has added their voice in Congress with the creation of the new district. Agripo was the district political officer for six years of Senator Teofista Guingona when the senator was still a congressman.
The young Roque, an independent candidate, is a pro-environment advocate who wants to contribute to the development of the new district.
MEL N. VELEZ

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