ROSARIO, Cavite – The battle is expected to be fierce in the local elections here in the first district of Cavite on the coming May 9 elections – from congressional, mayoral, and vice mayoral races and councilors of Rosario, Kawit, Noveleta, and Cavite City.
According to the province’s political observers, the incumbent Vice Governor “Jolo” Revilla of Lakas-CMD (Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats) under the BBM-Sara (Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte) UniTeam will have a close race for the 1st district congressional seat and Doc Paul Abaya of the Nation Unity Party (NUP) who is from the Abaya clan who has held the said legislative district for 27 years.
Revilla, carrying his campaign slogan “Change in the First District” with three reelectionists Mayor Dino Chua of Noveleta, Voltaire Ricafrente of Rosario, Angelo Aguinaldo of Kawit on his side, and Cavite City mayoral aspirant Denver Chua, all of BBM-Sara ticket.
While Doc Abaya, carrying the slogan “Abayanihan Tayo” in the 1st district with mayoral challengers Enrico “Boy” Alvarez of Noveleta, incumbent Vice Mayor Mao Luna, incumbent 1st District Congressman Boy Blue Abaya, and Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Cavite City Federation President Apple Paredes, son of outgoing Mayor Bernardo Paredes.
Reelectionist Kawit Vice Mayor Arman Bernal and Councilor Junbie Samala will be contesting the vice mayoral race.
Jun Badidles and BamBam Gonzales in Rosario, Raleigh Rusit and Penchi Consigno in Cavite City, reelectionist Noveleta is unopposed Vice Mayor Arlyn Torres.
On Abaya’s ticket are reelectionist 1st District Board members Rommel Enriquez and Conrad “KapCon” Abutin, while in the lineup of Revilla is reelectionist Board member Davey Chua.
Opposing parties still have 32 days to campaign before election day.
Doc Paul Abaya is the 5th son of former Cavite 1st District Congressman Plaridel Abaya, former Congressman and DPWH Secretary Jun Abaya, and incumbent Cavite 1st District Representative Boy Blue Abaya, who is now running for the mayoral post of the historic town of Kawit against his 2nd cousin, reelectionist Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo.
Outgoing Vice Governor Jolo Revilla is the son of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla and brother of Agimat Partylist 1st nominee Bryan Revilla and unopposed Cavite 2nd District Board member bet Ramboy Revilla.
Vice Governor Jolo Revilla and his 4 mayoral candidates Voltaire Ricafrente, Dino Chua, Angelo Aguinaldo, and Denver Chua are all allies of frontrunner presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.