Floirendo seeks reelection

Bandera - - NUR SON URGED TO RUN FOR SULU GOV - By Leifbilly Begas

DAVAO CITY — Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio “Tonyboy” Floirendo Jr. has filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Tagum City on Thursday.

Floirendo, whose family was among the campaign donors of President Duterte during the 2016 elections, was seeking a second term under Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).

He arrived at the Comelec provincial office in Barangay Mankilam, Tagum around 2 p.m. with supporters and provincial bets under the HNP, including Gov. Antonio Rafael del Rosario who is also seeking a reelection.

Floirendo said he would work to continue doing more projects for his district to help the administration of Duterte.

But in an interview after the filing of his COC, Floirendo hinted he might still change his mind and seek a provincial post instead. Floirendo hinted he might still opt for the vice gubernatorial seat, which would pit him against the former HNP member, former Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, who just left Sara’s political party to run under former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s Partido ng Demokratikong PilipinoLakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). — Inquirer VARIOUS political clans, religious and sectoral groups have urged the son of Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari to run for governor of Sulu.

The groups launched a signature campaign to convince Hadji Uto Karim Misuari to considere running for gubernatorial post.

“Hadji Uto Karim Misuari is a promising, young and dynamic leader with unquestionable track record for patriotism and undying love for Lupah Sug and the Bangsamoro people,” the manifesto of support said.

The group believed that the young Misuari would be instrumental in President Duterte’s call “to correct the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people through a no-nonsense governance that will deliver Tunay na Pagbabago” in the province.

The Manifesto also said that Nur’s son should ”take the lead in changing the course of history for Lupah Sug” and “implement the much needed political, social and economic reforms for Lupah Sug.”

The older Misuari was among the Muslim leaders who were consulted by the president in connection with the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

In August, the MNLF founder and Duterte met for the first time after signing the law and affirmed their mutual desire for peace in Mindanao.

Sulu is currently under the powerful political clan of former Gov. Abdusakur Tan.

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