So, how are the senatorial candidates performing so far?
Pulse Asia has conducted a series of surveys measuring the preference of voters on the Senatorial candidates.
The Pulse Asia survey results for Senatorial preference, March -December 2018
Rappler noted that “(c)onsistently landing in the top are 5 of the 7 reelectionist senators: Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Nancy Binay, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.”
“Poe has so far pulled away from everyone else in all surveys, but Villar seems to be gaining steam. Villar breached the 60% mark in the December 2018 survey when she garnered 66.6%, up by nearly 9 percentage points from September.”
Except for the Alfelors of Rinconada, the politicians in Camarines Sur filed their certificates of candidacy for the posts they were initially eyeing. This is true at least at the provincial level. The original discussions was for Peachy Alfelor to run as Vice Governor of Nonoy Andaya while Madel Gazmen will elevate herself to the Congressional seat representing the 5th District.
Because of internal dynamics in the Alfelor Clan, Provincial Board member Russel Banes had to step in. Hence, Andaya, who claims to be supported by former President and current Speaker of the House Gloria Arroyo, has Banes as running mate while reelectionist Migz Villafuerte has Imelda Papin. Competing with them is Bishop Buenaflor of the Pederalismo ng Dugong DakilangSamahan (PDDS).
Will incumbency advantage play in Albay’s First and Second Congressional Districts this 2019 midterm elections?
It may be easy to jump into conclusion as Congressmen Edcel Lagman of Liberal Party (LP) and Joey Salceda, who now hopped to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), both have no strong contenders.
Lagman is being challenged by two candidates one of whom is Mayor Herbie Aguas (Nationalist People’s Coalition, or NPC). Aguas’s vote-base, the Municipality of Sto. Domingo, however, may not be enough to match the vote-rich Tabaco City or at least Lagman’s hometown – Bacacay. In the 2016 elections, Bacacay has 43,625 registered voters, Sto. Domingo has 22,200 while Tabaco City has 70,662.
Salceda of the Second District is being challenged by Gil Goyena (Independent) who even has difficulty in seeking endorsement from a political party and moreso, consolidating the vote from his hometown, Daraga.
The Third Congressional District is an open game as Congressman Fernando Gonzalez has finished his third term already. Hence, four filed certificates of candidacies: Fernando Cabredo (PDP-Laban), Reno Lim (Independent), Mario Marcos Independent) , and Elmer Pornel (Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.)
The complete list of congressional candidates in Albay is as follows: