March 26 marked the start of the campaign period for all local candidates in the 2010 General Elections. Candidates running for Congressman, Governor, Vice Governor, Board Member, Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilor can now start their campaign and woo the votes of their constituents.
Here at The Stand, we would try to list down all local candidates in every province and in every major city in the Philippines. And we’ll start in the hometown of yours truly, Makati City.
Arguably for the first time in more than two decades, the mayoralty race for the Financial Center of the Philippines would not be the Binays vs one other candidate, with Binay winning every time. With outgoing Mayor Jojo Binay (1986-2001, 2004 – 2010) running for Vice President, the reign of the Binays in Makati is in serious jeopardy, as three other big names run for Mayor.
Names in italics are incumbent candidates running for re-election.
|Team Binay||UNA Team||Bigkis Pinoy|
|Vice Mayor||Rico J. Puno||Romulo Peña, Jr.
|Monique Lagdameo||Ma. Lourdes Locsin
Luis Javier, Jr.
Ma. Arlene Ortega
Monsour del Rosario
Virgilio Hilario, Sr.
Deo dela Cruz
|Abigail Binay||Ernesto Aspillaga||Christian Montes|
|Ma. Theresa de Lara
Juanito dela Cruz
Dr. Cef Peralta
Jojo Binay endorsed his son, Junjun Binay, for Mayor. Upon learning this, Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, who expected to be the one endorsed by the elder Binay, defected from his long-time party, went to the Nacionalista Party, and ran for Mayor as well.
Erwin “Win” Genuino makes his return in Makati’s election scene, after failing to win as 2nd District Congressman last 2007. Now, the son of PAGCOR Chair Ephraim Genuino aims to be the next Mayor of Makati, running under a “New Makati, New Face” platform.
Rico J. Puno is a 1st District Councilor and a famous singer and actor. Mercado fielded Romulo “Kid” Peña, while Genuino has Jobelle Salvador, an actress and the daughter of director Leroy Salvador.
Ma. Lourdes Locsin is the wife of outgoing 1st District Rep. Teddy Boy Locsin. Monique Lagdameo is an outgoing 1st District Councilor. Pedro Ibay is a former Councilor, and ran for Mayor in 2004.
Mar-Len Abigail Binay is the incumbent 2nd District Representative. Aspi Aspillaga is an outgoing 2nd District Councilor. Christian Montes ran for Councilor in 2007.
Below are the other local candidates in Makati City who declared themselves as Independent or are not included in any ticket or line-up.
|Vice Mayor||Manny Ballelos
|Robert Dean Barbers
Rem Jerusalem, Jr.
The Liberal Party also casted its candidate for Mayor in Butz Aquino, a three-term Representative of the 2nd District, and a relative of LP’s presidential candidate Sen. Noynoy Aquino III.
Mace Yabut brings the Yabut name back to the awareness of Makateños, as he runs for Vice Mayor as an Independent. Two other Yabuts are in the race: Ichi Yabut runs for Councilor in the 1st District, while King Yabut also does too in the 2nd District. Both are under the Mercado ticket.
Robert Dean Barbers is the son of the late Sen. Robert Barbers, and looks to be elected as Congressman.