The 2019 midterm elections in Digos City heats up as three contenders vie for Chief Executive.
Current Mayor Joseph Peñas is finishing his tenure as City Mayor. Peñas is hitting the three-term limit after winning the 2010, 2013 and 2016 elections prohibiting him from further re-election. Peñas now eyes in unseating the current governor, Douglas RA Cagas for 2019. In succeeding Peñas, two candidates from his own Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Abante Digos coalition are competing for Penas’ and the loyalist’s favor. Incumbents Digos City Vice-Mayor Rey Hermosisima and Senior Board Members Dondon Llano filed their certificates of candidacies last October 15 for the same post Peñas vacates. The intra-party competition threatens unity as they both come from the voters base. The two candidates could split loyalist’s votes and provide a clear margin for the third candidate, Josef Cagas.
Deputy Governor Josef Cagas, under the Nacionalista-PDP Laban combine, also filed his candidacy last October 16 for City Mayor. Josef, relative of the sitting governor, previously ran against Peñas in the 2010 and 2016 elections but lost in narrow margins.
The three-way fight between the veteran politicos raises the stakes for next year’s elections. If successful, Cagas will topple the ruling Abante alliance which has dominated the political landscape in the city. The Abanteros are the ruling political alliance for 26 years since former Mayor Arsenio Latasa, a Penas ally, won in the 1992 elections.