Mayor’s cousin to run for governor in 2013-A A +A
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
PHILIP Romualdez is “sure” to run for governor of Leyte in the 2013 elections, his cousin, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, said.
“Probably it will be around 70 percent (sure),” the city mayor said when asked rumors circulating that Philip is considering running for governor.
His (Philip) anticipated announcement of his intent to run for governor of Leyte will be made in the “coming weeks,” Mayor Romualdez said.
Also, a congressional staff of Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who requested not to be named for not being authorized, said that Philip Romualdez’ run for governor is already confirmed.
“That is the wish of his father. And he has acceded to his request,” the source said.
Philip’s father, Benjamin “Kokoy” Romualdez, served as governor of the province for 20 years, which ended in 1986 after the People Power I Edsa Revolution took place.
The incumbent governor of Leyte, Jericho Petilla, is now on his third and last term with his younger brother, Dominic, touted to be the family’s candidate at the Provincial Capitol.
Mayor Romualdez said that he welcomes the decision of his cousin to plunge into politics considering he already has political experience.
Philip was the provincial chairman of the Kabataan Barangay, the forerunner of today’s youth organization, the Youth Council, in early 1980’s.
Mayor Romualdez said that with his vast experience in business management, his cousin can do more to develop and progress Leyte.
“His main reason why he will run for governor is to make Leyte progressive and developed and give a better future for all Leyteños,” Mayor Romualdez said.
“I think he is the right guy (to lead Leyte) and he can consolidate all political families here in Leyte,” he said.
“I welcome his decision. We need more active leader who really fights for progress and development,” the city mayor said.
Asked what he could help on the rumored gubernatorial run of his cousin considering that voters of Tacloban, being a highly urbanized city, could no longer join provincial elections, Mayor Romualdez said he would give whatever assistance to his cousin.
Philip Romualdez, among others, is the president and chief executive of the Benguet Corp. He also serves as a trustee of the family-owned Doña Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation Inc., a nursing school, and at the Dr. Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation Inc., a law school. Both are located in Tacloban. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)