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Another Figueroa enters politics; tries luck in mayoralty seat

January 26, 2007

CATBALOGAN, Samar  –  Another member of the influential Figueroa clan has entered the ‘dirty’ world of politics and wish to continue the progress his parents has hone in their native town.

Neil Edwin Figueroa, 37, tries his luck to be the next mayor of Zumarraga town, a position his mother had occupied for six years up to now.

Edwin, as he is fondly called by his close friends, is the son of the influential Figueroa couple – Rep. Catalino “Cata” Figueroa and Zumarraga mayor Neliph Figueroa, who were considered by many as very powerful, nowadays, in the game of politics.

In the coming May 14 election, lawmaker Figueroa (Samar, 2nd-district), who boldly announced his re-election bid, likewise endorsed and campaigned for his wife to be the next governor of the province.

Edwin’s mother, who is the incumbent president of the Samar Mayor’s League and concurrently the regional president of the Mayor’s League of the Philippines for Eastern Visayas, vice-president of the Mayor’s League in the whole Visayas and the chairman, in one of the committees of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. of the House of Representatives is expected to give a “tough fight” against the incumbent Samar governor Mila Tan who is now experiencing like “sailing in a dead political sea.”

Edwin filed on January 18 his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Election, Zumarraga, Samar under the banner of the Lakas-Nacionalista Party coalition, like his parents.

Expected to contest with him is the come-backing former mayor Casilda “Ida” Lim under the party belonging to Tan’s camp, the current Figueroa political nemesis.

The young Figueroa, who has four kids (2 boys, 2 girls) with his wife Rowena, owned a cable television, 24-hour convenience store, among other businesses in the province.