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SORSOGON OFFICIAL CANDIDATES FOR MAY 2010 ELECTION

Official candidates for 2010 polls in Sorsogon out

by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (December 17) — The list of official local candidates in this province for the May 2010 national and local polls was finally made public by the Commission on Election (Comelec) provincial office here.

Comelec record showed that six has filed their Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) for the gubernatorial slate with former Gov. Raul Lee, and incumbent Sorsogon 2nd District Congressman Jose Solis, Amadeo Brin, Ramon Gallinera, Felizardo Garil and Antonio Imperial composing the list.

Incumbent Governor Sally Lee withdrew her candidacy to give way to her husband Raul.

Six candidates are also running for vice governor, including former Bulan town Mayor Guillermo De Castro, incumbent Sorsogon 1st District Board Member Rosario Diaz, former Vice Governor Antonio Escudero, Jr., former Sta. Magdalena Mayor Nida Gamos and Mirafe Godisan.

Nineteen candidates are vying for the provincial board in the first congressional district, while seventeen contenders for the second district.

Former Casiguran town Mayor Edwin Hamor will be running against incumbent Congressman Salvador Escudero III for Representative of the first congressional district.

Six candidates namely incumbent Sorsogon 2nd District Board Member Arze Glipo, incumbent Bulusan Mayor Juan Guysayko, Flocerfida de Guzman, Edmundo Escalante, Rosario Gavanzo and Ricardo Golpeo signified their intention to run in the second congressional district.

Former allies and both incumbent Mayor Leovic Dioneda and Vice Mayor Edmundo Atutubo will vie for the top position in Sorsogon City.

On the other hand, Robert Ante Lee Rodrigueza, son of Governor Lee, goes against incumbent City Councilor Roel Sta. Ana for the vie mayoralty race.

Atty. Calixto L. Aquino, Jr., Comelec Sorsogon supervisor, meanwhile said Sorsogon City has registered the highest voters’ registration turnout with 83,829, followed by Bulan, 46,125; Pilar, 37,924; and Gubat with 29,816. Sta Magdalena comes last with 9,831 voting population.

“With the recent withdrawal of one mayoralty candidate in Prieto Diaz, the total number of candidates in the province that filed their CoCs lowered down to 601.

The province has 395,371 registered and qualified voters for May 2010 elections.

Sorsogon province is composed of fourteen towns and one city. It has 2,503 established voting precincts in its 541 barangays. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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OWWA vows to help stranded overseas workers

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Wednesday assured families that stranded overseas Filipino workers will be flown home immediately after they obtain the exit clearance required by the host government.

OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon made the assurance during a dialogue with Migrante International, an alliance of Filipino migrant groups, and OFW families, who asked for the immediate repatriations of stranded OFWs.

“OWWA funds are sufficient to buy the plane tickets but what takes time is the process required under the immigration rules of foreign countries. OWWA has no control over foreign laws,” Dimzon told families of some OFW workers.

Dimzon also briefed the OFW families as well as the Migrante International of the one-country approach of the Philippine government to help in negotiating with foreign employers to return passports of OFWs and waive objections for departures.

She said that under Gulf laws, migrant workers become illegal or overstaying aliens once their employers reported them as having absconded from their jobs.

The OWWA administrator said that because they are now police and not labor cases, the OFWs are subject to arrests and detention and daily fines and penalties for overstaying.

Dimzon said that they can only be deported only if they have settled with employers.

“There is no problem with getting plane tickets. Because runaway OFWs have no or little money left, OWWA also pays the fines and penalties to hurry things up,” said Dimzon.

source: www.mb.com.ph

December 16, 2009, 6:21pm

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

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