Bangued mayoral candidate implicated in village chief’s murder

In another Abra town, Pilar, the mayor and vice mayor are in hiding with nobody left on their council slate following a shootout with cops BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The primary suspect in the murder of a barangay captain in Bangued town in Abra province, has implicated former mayor and mayoral candidate Ryan Luna in … Read more

Roadblock sparks scuffle between opposing mayoral teams in Iloilo town

The family of a vice mayoralty candidate owns the property and accuses political opponents of hurting an elderly guard and having an armed man in their group ILOILO, Philippines – Mayoral candidate Gerry “Doc V” Villanueva of San Dionisio, Iloilo cried foul after his party found their way barred while cruising down a road linking … Read more

Ragasi who? Lesser-known Cagayan de Oro mayoral bet shines in face-off

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Until this week, most people in Cagayan de Oro never heard of Adonis “Dondon” Ragasi, and those who did saw him as one of those nuisance candidates. But on Wednesday, April 20, the lesser-known mayoral aspirant found himself shining and sharing the limelight with the standard-bearer of one of … Read more

Zamboanga’s mayoral bets face off in debate, sign peace pact

Five of Zamboanga City’s eight mayoral candidates sign an agreement to ensure honest, orderly, and peaceful elections even as they face off in a debate ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Five of the city’s eight mayoral candidates signed an agreement to ensure honest, orderly, and peaceful elections even as they faced off in a debate at … Read more

‘Tumandok’ vs ‘pangayaw’ in heated Bacolod City mayoral race

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Natives versus interlopers and tradition versus change were the main political themes here on Saturday, March 26, as thousands turned out for the kickoff campaign rallies of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and his opponent, billionaire and former Negros Occidental 3rd district representative Alfredo “Albee” Benitez. The Leonardia-led Grupo Progreso … Read more

Gubernatorial, mayoral bets kick off campaigns in vote-rich Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Much is at stake in the local campaigns in the country’s most vote-rich province of Cebu, which kicked off on Friday, March 25. In Cebu City, rival parties Partido Barug, led by incumbent Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and the Osmeña-led Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) both launched their campaigns in … Read more