Another Figueroa enters
politics; tries luck in mayoralty seat
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
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
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
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
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.