Tagbilaran City?While other Cabinet officials running for office face an uphill battle, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap is assured of a congressional seat as he is running unopposed in the third district of Bohol.
Yap is the bet of the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD.
There was speculation earlier that incumbent third-district Rep. Adam Relson Jala or his father, former Congressman Eladio Jala, both members of the Lakas-Kampi, would challenge Yap. But Representative Jala, who is still eligible for reelection, filed his CoC for vice governor a few minutes before the deadline at midnight Tuesday.
The elder Jala, currently assistant secretary at the Department of Transportation and Communications, was rumored to have been offered a post at the Securities and Exchange Commission, but he has decline to issue any statement on the matter.
Elsewhere in the Visayas, the other candidates running unchallenged include Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), Negros Occidental 4th district Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (NPC), and mayoral candidates Laurence Marxlen dela Cruz (Lakas-Kampi-CMD/United Negros Alliance) in Don Salvador Benedicto, Gerardo Valmayor Jr. (NPC) in San Carlos City, Leo Rafael Cueva (Lakas-Kampi-CMD/Una) in Sagay City and Alejandro Mirasol (NPC/Una) in Binalbagan.
On the other hand, some candidates of the United Negros Alliance (Una) in Negros Occidental who had expected to run unopposed in the 2010 elections will be running against the candidates of another group called Atun Tamdon Utod Negrosanon (Atun) or Care for Negrenses party.
The party bets included gubernatorial candidate Rafael ?Lito? Coscolluela, former Negros Occidental governor and present head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration, Dr. Enrico Elumba, former mayor of La Castellana town, for vice governor, and congressional candidates forester Oscar Arias for the second district, Murcia Mayor Esteban ?Sonny? Coscolluela for the third district and businessman Philip Arles for the sixth district.
Former assemblyman Arturo Pacificador is again gunning for a political comeback as representative of the lone congressional district of Antique.