Manoy Zubiri, dad file COCs, to switch positions

The father and son tandem of incumbents Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr. and Bukidnon Third District Congressman Manuel “Manoy” Zubiri have officially filed their certificates of candidacy, finally confirming months-long speculations that they plan to switch seats.

The older Zubiri filed on October 2, 2021 in absentia via his representative, provincial legal officer Paul Villegas, while the younger Zubiri filed on October 1, the first day of filing, along with his running mate, Manolo Fortich Mayor Clive Quino. Several of their Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP) mates accompanied them during the filing at the Provincial Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office.

The two Zubiris are set to switch positions – Manoy will run for the gubernatorial seat while his 81-year-old father will take over his congressional seat.

As of this writing, their supposed respective opponents haven’t filed their own COCs yet. Earlier reports state that the older Zubiri might be up against Board Member Arlyn Ayon while Manoy Zubiri is set to face Bukidnon 4th District Rep. Oneil Roque. BukidnonOnline.com was told that Ayon and Roque may file come October 4, 2021.

Meanwhile, Manoy Zubiri told BukidnonOnline.com that he will do his “very best for the people of Bukidnon and for Our Almighty.”

“Only the Lord knows where I am headed. I will just take on the challenge,” he said.

Zubiri said that his battle cry for the 2022 elections will be “Para Sa Katawhan, Paglaum Para Sa Tanan.”

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