Emano filed his COC and guns for the congressional seat in the second district of Misamis Oriental, while Unabia filed his candidacy and run for the gubernatorial post.
Unabia’s son Christian, the incumbent congressman of the first district, and incumbent Vice Gov. Jigjag Pelaez have also filed their respective COCs and seek re-election in next year’s local and national elections in the country.
Other members of the party who either seek reelection or run for the first time for the vacant seats for the province’s board members are Syramae Emano, Dexter Yasay, Gerardo Sabal III, Marlon Khu, Frederick Khu, Wayne Militante, Leoncio Abejo, and Rey Buhisan.
During a gathering of party members and supporters right after the filing of the COCs at the provincial Comelec office, Bambi Emano has assured the older Unabia of the ultimate and massive support of party workers. “We will help him win,” Gov Emano was quoted as saying.
Unabia, on the other hand, said he has been in talks with local government leaders in Misamis Oriental regarding his plans for the province, should he win in the 2022 local and national elections.
He said he has already prepared a seven-point agenda dubbed “PAGLAUM” that would cover all aspects of his plans and programs on how to run the province.
PAGLAUM stands for participatory approach, meaning the projects and programs are aligned with the needs of the people; agriculture is given importance; goal-oriented tourism; livelihood; aggressive programs for the youth, especially in the promotion of education; unified approach for health and social services; and mobilization of resources through equitable sharing.
Unabia said it is imperative that all local government leaders must unite for the common good.
For his part, Cong. Unabia has affirmed that unity is a key element in the effective and efficient delivery of services to the province’s constituency and that his goals will remain the same whoever sits at the Provincial Capitol.
“It won’t matter if my father is the governor or not. I was chosen by the people, and that motivation is enough for me to give my 110 percent,” the congressman said.