CANDABA -- Mayor Rene Maglanque, who has been bombarded with issues thrown by the former leaders of this town, chose not to engage his opponents in a word war.
"Ali ku nala papatulan. Yari na rin ing filing [certificate of candidacies], magobra tana pamu (I don't want to argue with them anymore. The filing of COCs is over, let's just work first)," Maglanque said.
As the local chief executive of this town, Maglanque said he will just focus on serving his constituents for the betterment of the municipality.
He also asked Evangelista to set aside politics since there are many important things than mudslinging each other.
"Dun sa 45 days [campaign period] nalang tayo magharap. Sa ngayon, kailangan tayo ng Candaba bilang mga leader," Maglanque asserted.
He added that both of them were tested as town leader since Evangelista sat as mayor for three years.
"The people will decide based on our platforms since pareho na rin naman kaming nasubukan," he said.
Maglanque at the same time left a message to former three-term Mayor Jerry Pelayo, who is now endorsing Evangelista for the mayoralty post.
"Paburen mu na kami mung Babes milaban. Pasalamatan daka kareng contributions mu ing Candaba at anytime open ku keng advice mu para keng panyulung ning keka tamung balen (Leave the battle between the two of us. I thank you for all your contributions for Candaba and my door is always open for advice for the development of our municipality)," he said.
Pelayo and Maglanque earlier lashed each other after the former reportedly twitted Maglanque in a video taken during the birthday celebration of Evangelista.
Maglanque said he welcomes his challengers for the 2016 mayoralty race namely Evangelista and two independents Danilo Baylon and Adolfo Baylon.
"Let's uplift the politics in Candaba and let our programs and projects talk," he said.
He also reiterated the Commission on Election's reminder of "No Bio, No Boto" as the deadline of voter's registration is set on October 31.