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Fireman to battle Guv Lee’s son in Sorsogon

Oct 6, 2015 @ 8:46

The battle for the gubernatorial seat of Sorsogon will be fought between an incumbent governor’s son and a retired general of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Santiago Laguna, who once commanded the BFP-National Capital Region, admits he is facing powerful political bigwigs in the province, unlike him who is a neophyte in politics.

Blocking his road to the gubernatorial post is former vice mayor and now Sorsogon City provincial administrator Robert Lee-Rodrigueza, son of outgoing Gov. Raul Lee.

Another possible opponent is former board member Eric Dioneda, who lost by a margin of just 173 votes to Governor Lee in the 2013 elections.

Laguna will be running under the banner of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban).

The Lees, on the other hand, have recently jumped ship from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to the Liberal Party (LP).

On October 4, Laguna was sworn in as the PDP-Laban’s vice president for Bicol region by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, the current party president.

Laguna said thousands remain poor because the province is run by “traditional politicians”.

“Our people are still poor, government services such as healthcare are poor, lack of opportunity in education, jobs and others,” he said.

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