By Erwin M. Mascariñas
Butuan City — A congressional representative who is considered to be a strong contender has challenged the Ecleo political dynasty for the gubernatorial seat for the island province of Dinagat.
As the family’s matriarch Glenda B. Ecleo reached her three-term limit after serving as governor since 2010, the family hopes to pass the political seat to her son, Vice Governor Benglen B. Ecleo, who has filed his certificate of candidacy for governor under PDP–Laban.
Board Member Joslyn I. Ecleo filed her certificate of candidacy for mayor of San Jose town while her father San Jose mayor Allan B. Ecleo II will be running for provincial board member.
Running for vice governor under the PDP–Laban slate is Board member Nilo Demerey, Jr while Romeo Constantinus Charlemagne C. Vargas, Carlos P. Bua, Marilou J. Mejos and Ali Patayon Adlawan are running for Provincial Board member for District 1. For District 2, Reggivi Amor E. Alcaria and Annabelle S. Naluan.
Challenging the Ecleo for the gubernatorial seat is Congresswoman of the lone district of Dinagat Arlene Bag-ao, popularly known as Kaka, who filed her candidacy for governor under the banner of the Liberal Party.
Bag-o who started her career as a human rights lawyer, agrarian reforms advocate and then a representative under the Akbayan party list is optimistic for the upcoming May 2019 election as she no a stranger to such challenge.
In 2012, Bag-ao was appointed as the Legislative Liaison Officer or Caretaker of the Lone District of Dinagat Islands after Ruben B. Ecleo Jr was taken off the congress roll.