A two-cornered battle for the mayoralty post in Malaybalay City is expected in the May 2019 elections.
This came about after last-termer Second District Rep. Florencio T. Flores Jr. of Nacionalista Party filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) in the eleventh hour, aiming to regain his previous post.
His son, lawyer Jonathan Keith Flores has been previously rumored as gunning for the city’s top post.
Flores will be facing incumbent Vice Mayor Roland F. Deticio, another seasoned politician in the second district where Malaybalay City belongs.
Deticio and Councilor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran filed their COC on Oct. 12 for mayoral and vice mayoral post, respectively. Pabillaran, who is on his last term as City Council member, is running unopposed.
The tandem is running under the Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP), a local political party led by Bukidnon political scion Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr. Their City Council slate consisted of reelectionists Councilors Atty. Hollis Monsanto, Nicolas Jurolan, Provo Antipasado Jr., Louel Tortola, and Atty. Rendon Sangalang.
A lawyer by profession, Deticio has been serving as member of the provincial board for the second district of Bukidnon and in the City Council for several terms.
The new candidates under BPP are Cromwell Kiril Dinlayan, Dr. Victor Barroso, former president of the Bukidnon State University, businessman Estelito Marabe, and city sports coordinator Christopher Soria.
The PDP-Laban’s City Council slate, meanwhile, are Marlon Valcorza, Zoltan Dindo Dinlayan, Venuz Melendez, Bobby Jay Dinlayan, Katherine Toledo, Flaviano Gapol Jr., Kathleen Cecile Pagaling, Fernan Digal, Niko Aldeguer, and reelectionist Jaime Gellor, Jr.
Ellen Cecilia Mamawag, Anna Lou Tilanduca and Gene Salga are independent candidates. (PNA)