Maglanque vs Evangelista in Candaba mayoral race

CANDABA -- Mayor Rene Maglanque is set to face his former running mate Vice Mayor Normita "Babes" Evangelista in the 2016 polls as both parties have already filed their respective certificates of candidacy.

Maglanque, who filed his COC on Thursday afternoon for his second term, said he wants to continue providing "true service" to the people of Candaba.

"Sa two and half years na pag-upo ko, nakita naman nila ang mga maraming proyekto na nangyayari dito. Yung mga nakikita kong kakulangan sa bayan ng Candaba ay binigyan ko ng pansin," he said.

Maglanque cited some of his projects such as road widening and upgrading, the construction of a community hospital and ongoing trade center and the entry of several investors in the municipality.

Maglanque reiterated his plea to his fellow candidate to set aside their personal interests first to have a peaceful and clean election.

The incumbent mayor is running under the ruling Liberal Party.

He will be joined by aspiring vice mayor, Councilor Michael Sagum, and his councilors Amy Rose Baylon, Romy Bondoc, Jun Gatus, Pan Magat, Marlon Pelayo, Donya Salac, Maine Santiago and Chacha Sombillo.

Evangelista, for her part, said she wants to continue her commitment to fight for the people of Candaba as she filed her CoC yesterday morning.

If elected, Evangelista said she will strengthen the basic services, including agriculture, education, livelihood, employment and health to be offered to her constituents.

She also stressed that she will assure peace and order in the municipality if she takes the seat.

She added that her dream for Candaba is to make it a Makati-like municipality where all people can have free access to all basic services.

During her term, bridges, lying-in and the municipal police station were constructed and the municipal hall was refurbished. She also initiated the establishment of a water district in the municipality.

Evangelista told Maglanque to have "peaceful and clean" elections as both have the same intention in serving Candabeños.

The incumbent vice mayor is running under the United Nationalist Alliance with former Councilor Andy Gulapa as running mate.

Her council will consists of incumbent Councilor Carol Foz, former ABC president Nelson Alonzo, former ABE Partylist Chairman Percy Macapagal, former Pampanga III Electric Cooperative Director Medic Pelayo and aspiring Councilors Reyner Catacutan, Rufino Quilantang and Larry Campo.

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