LUCENA City -- Quezon Rep. Vicente ‘Kulit’ Alcala yesterday filed his certificate of candidacy for governor, dismissing speculations that there will be “no fight” for the post just like what happened last election where incumbent Gov. David Suarez ran unopposed.
Accompanied by his family and supporters, Alcala, who is now in his second term, finally filed his CoC under PDP-Laban minutes before noon.
The gubernatorial post is set to be vacated by Suarez who is now in his third and last term.
His father, House Minority Leader, Rep. Danilo Suarez for several times, had declared his intension to run for the post.
On the other hand, rumors have it that the young Suarez will be running for the post to be vacated by Alcala.
Suarez’ transfer of his certificate of residency from Unisan town in his home third district to Tiaong town in the 2nd district triggered the rumors.
Once the rumors turned out to be true, Suarez will be facing Alcala’s younger brother former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala who is also a former two-termer congressman.
In an ambush interview shortly after his filing of CoC for governor, Alcala told newsmen that his eagerness to run for the highest position in the province was pushed by the endorsement of his constituents.
“May isa pa akong term bilang congressman, pero lalaban akong gobernador para pagbigyan ang kahili-ngan ng aking mga kalalawigan na matagal nang sumi-sigaw ng pagbabago at naghahanap ng tunay na kaunlaran na katulad ng tinatamasa ng aking mga kadistrito,” said Alcala.
As to the allegations that he will not be running for the post, Alcala said, “Ipinagkakalat lang nila ’yon para makuha nila ang aking mga leader. Ito na ang ebidensiya na ako ay lalaban”.