Incumbent South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Vance-Fuentes is seeking re-election but will miss her vice governor who decided to slide down to running for board member due to health reasons.
She will face former Koronadal City Mayor Fernando Miguel who is fighting off a Sandiganybayan conviction for hiring his private lawyer to notarize the lot where the city hall now stands.
Fuentes instead tapped Liberal Party’s and former Koronadal mayor Vic de Jesus as her running mate to replace lawyer Cecil Diel who will go back as provincial board member.
De Jesus, a member of the provincial board, will face fellow incumbent provincial board member and Philippine Councilors League chapter president Bernie Palencia who is vice to Miguel.
The other candidates vying for the top post in the province are independents Lino Saig for governor and Teresito Betita.
In the congressional race for the 2nd District of South Cotabato, it will be a one-on-one race between re-electionist Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez and comebacking former congressman Arthur Pingoy.
Pingoy lost to Fuentes in his re-election bid in 2013 after Miguel also joined gubernatorial race.
Pingoy and Miguel have joined forces in their bid to topple Fuentes who has not lost in an election since 1992.
In Koronadal City, re-electionist Peter Miguel will have as opponents former vice mayor Jose Lleda from the Nationalist People’s Coalition and independent candidate Efren Biclar.
Miguel’s vice mayor Eliordo Ogena is also seeking re-election and will face Oscar Pagunsan.
In the congressional race in the 1st District of South Cotabato which includes General Santos City, Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr (AIM-LP) is seeking a third and last term as congressman.
He will be up against outgoing General Santos City Councilor Dominador Lagare III (PCM-PDP-Laban) and Ryan Rivera (KBL).
Rivera is elder brother of General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera.