As the deadline for filing the certificate of candidacy draws near in October this year, the three-way race for congressional seat representing the third district is expected to be an exciting race among the wanna-bes.
Former Congressman Eladio M. Jala, who just retired from being a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is planning to make a comeback on May 2016 general elections.
If his plan pushes through, then incumbent Rep. Arthur Yap, who has been successful in his bid to be unopposed in 2010 and 2013, will be facing not one but two.
Jala, lawyer by profession and resident of Loboc the hometown of Yapâ€™s wife, has served the district for three consecutive termsÂ (1998-2007). He was able to tap his son, now city councilor Atty. Adam RElson Jala, to succeed him as congressman in the 3rddistrict.
Former Carmen Mayor Conchita â€œCheâ€ Toribio delos Reyes, bitter foe of Yap, is testing the water by making some rounds in the district, In fact, she gathered the mayors in Manila where she distributed P20,000 pocket money to the more than 2- mayors who attended her hosted dinner which was attended by Cavite Mayor Ayong Maliksi.
Meanwhile, Yapâ€™s satisfaction rating has dropped to +69 (2015) from +76 in 2014. He got +83 in 2013. Acording to the latest Bohol Poll, 74% respondents of the district are satisfied with his performance while only 5% dissatisfied. A total of 19% remained undecided.
Cong. Aris Aumentadoâ€™s satisfaction rating is in upward trend, scoring +63 from +52 in 2014, Bohol Poll said.
Relampagosâ€™s satisfaction rating is leaning upward, posting +63 from +62 in 2014 and +51 in 2013.