Tulagans, Sorianos unite in third district electoral race

December 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Z. Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – Two big political families who slug it out in 2007 local elections have combined forces in San Carlos City against Mayor Julier Resuello, son of the late Mayor Julian Resuello who was killed days before the 2007 elections.

Former congressional candidates Generoso Tulagan Jr. and former Bureau of Customs commissioner Gallant Soriano, who both lost to Rep. Rachel Arenas, joined the Liberal Party and vowed to support each other.

Soriano is set for a return bout with Arenas while Tulagan will run as board member of the third district.
Tulagan, a three-term congressman of the third district from 1998-2007, will run for mayor of San Carlos City against Resuello.

He said he was hoping that the shooting incident in 2007 elections when Resuello and her security escort were killed, will not happen in 2010.

“Sana hindi na umabot sa kuhaan ng buhay. Political exercise lang ito,” Tulagan Sr. said.

Resuello’s death is still unsolved, with at least four persecutors refusing to handle the case which implicated Soriano’s eldest brother Douglas, former city mayor.

He told reporters that the coalition was the “winning team,” after their filing of certificates of candidacies. He filed his CoC at the Comelec office in San Carlos while his son and Soriano filed theirs at the Comelec provincial office here on Wednesday.

Tulagan said San Carlos , where he and the Sorianos are based, has the biggest number of voters in the district, so “our team is formidable.”

Soriano refused to describe the strength of the team up, but said the unity gave “sleepless nights to one person,” most probably referring to his opponent Arenas who also filed her CoC on the same day.

Arenas questioned the deepness of her opponents’ alliance, saying the true test of alliances is trust and friendship between persons, citing her “deep alliance and friendship” with Mayor Resuello.

Arenas also announced that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal has resolved the protest filed against her by Soriano, but that she had no copy of the decision yet.

“This is the second victory for me,” she said.

All the candidates agree to have the district under Comelec control, with Soriano saying he will recommend it if it will ensure honest and peaceful elections, but “it will depend on the situation before the elections.”

Arenas said putting the district under Comelec control will safeguard the ballots, “but this will not be enough because during elections, armed men go around the villages scaring the voters.”

“Comelec control is not the only way to have peaceful elections,” Arenas said, but did not elaborate.

At the Comelec provincial office, 19 candidates have filed, six for congressman, 10 for provincial board and two for vice governor.

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