LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 12 (PNA) -- Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda on Monday morning filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) as representative of the second District of Albay under the Liberal Party at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Albay Provincial Office.
The province's second district covers the towns of Camalig, Daraga, Manito and Rapu-Rapu and Legazpi City.
"I am Joey Sarte Salceda, the Liberal's Party choice to be the voice of the Second District of Albay to represent its constituents and protect their rights, realize their dreams and help promote a fairer, more developed and freer society," Salceda said after filing his CoC.
He said that to fight poverty and promote sustainable development, there is a need to propagate his principle of "Unity of purpose and vision, decision, action, and constant kindness."
The governor stressed that this is the design towards a progressive and prosperous life for Albayanos, in particular, and the Filipinos, in general.
"The economic paradigm for a better life through national competitiveness and countryside development is unstoppable," he said.
"You can say that I was not born in the Second District of Albay. One cannot choose where to be born. But one can choose to whom and where he can offer his services. Your placenta can be buried anywhere but only you can choose where you will be taken by your heart," Salceda said with emotion.
He said everybody knows how he loves and serves with all his heart and with full kindness.
"I lived in Daraga for eight years and four months but my service and sincerity can be measured by more important things than the number of years," the provincial chief executive said.
Together with Salceda, Vice Governor Harold Imperial also submitted his CoC for vice governor under LP in tandem with Congressman Al Francis Bichara, who is running for governor.
Others who filed their respective CoCs were incumbent board members Ralph Andes and RB Imperial and former Legazpi City Councilor Rolly Rosal for the Second District.
For the First District, those who filed were board members Job Belen, lawyer Joemar Madrilejos and Reynaldo Bragais.
In the province's third district, the aspirants who have registered are Board Member (BM) Rick Riva, former BM Arnold Embestro and newcomer Richard Bañaga.
For mayors, the early filers were: Legazpi City, incumbent Mayor Noel E. Rosal; Daraga, incumbent Mayor Gerry Jaucian; Manito, the son of incumbent Mayor Cesar Daep; Camalig, Ding Baldo, the incumbent mayor's brother; Rapu-Rapu, Dick Galicia.
In the third district, Salceda and Congressman Fernando Gonzales have a unity team. (PNA) FFC/BNB/FGS/NIM/CBD