- Senator Loren Legarda will be running for Antique’s representative in the Lower House
- Her COC was filed on Wednesday through Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, an ally
- But her residency in the province is being questioned
MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing senator Loren Legarda will be seeking the lone congressional post of Antique which she had long considered as her home province despite being born in Malabon.
The three-termer Upper House lawmaker filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) through her ally, Antique Governor Rhodora “Dodod” Cadiao, before the Commission on Election (Comelec) office in the town of San Jose de Buenavista on Wednesday, October 17, the last day of filing.
Legarda is currently in The Hague, Netherlands for the launching of Global Commission on Adaptation.
“I would like to help the beautiful province of Antique, the home province of my great grandfather Ariston Gella…and my great granduncle Vicente Gella,” said Legarda, who is identified with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party of Danding Cojuangco.
“Antique is a beautiful, rich and pristine province, but unfortunately, still vulnerable and poor,” the 58-year-old former broadcast journalist added.
Legarda is on her third term at the Senate. She was first elected as senator in the 1998 election where she got the highest votes at that time.
After her failed vice-presidential bid against former colleague Noli De Castro in the 2004 election, Loren made a successful comeback in the 2007 election and again won her third term in 2016.
Legarda will be facing Exequiel “Boy Ex” Javier, a former governor and a congressman himself, and belongs to the Javier political clan, the most powerful and influential in the province.
But the lady senator may be facing issues with her residency in the province since former Antique vice governor Robin Rubinos already questioned her transfer of voter’s registration early this month.
Rubinos argued Legarda is not a resident Barangay Mag-aba in Pandan town as mentioned in her application.
“The domicile of origin of the applicant is Malabon City, which remains as her domicile as she has not fulfilled the requirements in acquiring a new domicile in Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique,” Panay News quoted Rubinos as saying.
Legarda, however maintained she has complied with the requirements of the law by transferring her domicile to the province early this year.