Flores suprised by uncontested congressional bid

Bukidnon Updates

BUKIDNON ONLINE EXCLUSIVE – Now that the Bukidnon Fourth District has received the green light, what supposedly was a 3-cornered fight for the Bukidnon Second District congressional seat became an uncontested bid.

Re-electionist Rep. Florencio Flores, Jr. (Nacionalista Party) became the only congressional candidate for the Bukidnon Second District, virtually ensuring him of victory.

This, after the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued Resolution No. 9539, which spells out the new number of seats for elective public officials in relation to the May 2013 elections in the Philippines. Based on the said resolution, there will now be a need for an additional congressman for the newly created Bukidnon Fourth District. In order to know which district a candidate falls under, however, the area or district where they are registered voters, based on the new districting, will be considered.

This means that the two other candidates who filed their candidates for the Bukidnon Second District congressional seat, Engr. Wenifredo Agripo (Liberal Party) and Rogelio Neil Roque (Independent), will now be transferred as eligible candidates for the newly created Bukidnon Fourth District instead.

“I am surprised by this development,” Flores told Bukidnon Online.

“I know for certain that there are a lot of qualified and capable potential candidates in the district. I can only praise and thank God for another opportunity to serve the people,” he added.

When asked if he will still hold a campaign, Flores told Bukidnon Online that it will be more of helping his partymates this time. (BukidnonOnline.com)

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  • When COMELEC changes the rules in the middle of the game they should open a window of opportunity for other candidates to submit COCs to oppose the incumbent. No matter how good and/or popular a person is, they should have competition or at least people should know there are now open positions they might contest in the wake of the changes made by COMELEC.

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