CABANATUAN CITY -- It was a rather slack second day of filing of certificates of candidacy at the Nueva Ecija provincial elections office here last Friday with only a lone bet -- a defeated former mayoral aspirant in the 2016 local polls -- presenting himself as a provincial board member wannabe for next year’s May elections.
Atty. Panfilo C. Doctor Jr., provincial elections supervisor identified the lone bet as Fernando “Ading” Nicandro, who filed his COC for one of three board member seats of the province’s first district.
Nicandro, a businessman, is running under the banner of Samahang Novo Ecijano ng Nueva Ecija (SAMAHNA), his local party which was then allied with the Nationalist People’s Coalition when he ran and lost in the Guimba mayoral race in 2016.
“Tumatakbo akong bokal para naman magkaroon ng isang taga-Guimba na boses ng ating mamamayan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan,” Nicandro told this reporter.
Doctor said only four bets have shown up so far at his office as the first two days of COC-filing got off to a slow start with some of the big names in local politics still reportedly undecided yet on which elective posts they will run.
Last Thursday, come backing former Gov. Eduardo Nonato “Edno” Joson, filed his COC for governor.
He will run as an independent after resigning from the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (Balane), their local party which was founded by his late father, former six-term governor Eduardo “Tatang” L. Joson Sr.
Edno formerly served as chief of the National Food Authority during the term of then-President and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada and was also a former assemblyman and congressman of the province’s first district.
Also filing their COCs for governor and vice governor, respectively, were ex-three-term General Tinio mayor Virgilio “Ginto” Bote, and board member Edward Thomas F. Joson.