LEGAZPI CITY, Oct 26 (PNA) – Albay Governor Joey Salceda has thrown his full support to Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Vice Mayor Vittorio “Bitoy” Roces and their ten candidates for city councilors as a sign of his full support to the Rosal-Roces team in front of all the city’s village officials and other supporters and followers.
Salceda made his open endorsement to the Team Rosal-Roces during a simple gathering on Friday at the Rosal Residence in the Renaissance Garden subdivision here.
The Albay governor, known as one of the best stock analysts in Asia, turned into a politician when he was first elected congressman in the Third District of Albay in 1998 and finished his term as legislator in 2004.
He was elected governor in 2007 until the present and is now running for congressman in the 2nd district.
Salceda said that even though Rosal is an unopposed candidate for mayor this coming 2016 election, “we will combine our political forces to give strong support to Vice Mayor Bitoy Roces and the ten candidates of the team for city councilors, including Rolly Rosal who filed also for board member of the 2nd district of Albay, as I believe that all these persons will give a big contribution to the continuous success and progress of the city.
“The synergy of Rosal and Roces in the city administration for the past years has made a lot of accomplishments which, in turn, resulted in this locality being one of the most progressive cities not only in Bicolandia but also in the entire country. That is the reason why I will support the team Rosal–Roces because my objective as a leader is to continue the progress and development of Legazpi and the entire 2nd district of Albay,” he stressed.
Rosal was first elected as mayor in 2001 and reelected in 2004 and in 2007 after he finished his term as chief executive of this city.
His wife, Geraldine, ran for the same position and was elected mayor in 2010.
Rosal was again elected mayor in 2013.
On the other hand, Roces was first elected vice mayor in 2010 and was reelected in 2013.
He is the youngest son of the late multi-awarded mayor Imelda Crisol Roces.
The ten candidates for city councilors under the Rosal-Roces Team are incumbents Vince Baltazar III, Alan Rañola, Beth Munoz-Dimaculangan, Jesus Chito Baldo, Melissa Abadeza, Lilian Ramirez, Ismael Buban III.
The other three are former councilor Jaime “Jim” Andes and barangay chairmen Al Bariso and Diego Obido.(PNA) CTB/FGS/EPS/CBD