By Tracy Cabrera
Only good will come out in having two more districts in Isabela, according Isabela District III representative Napoleon ‘Pol’ Dy at the Unified Petitioners Against K to 12 (UPAK) media forum at the Aberdeen Court in Quezon City.
Dy, who is in his last term, however, has filed his certificate of candidacy to run for the forthcoming mide-term election in May next year as governor of the province. Dy’s reason for running, he said, is to let the people of Isabela know about the issues of governance in their locality.
“Tatakbo ako bilang gobernador upang ipaalam sa mga Isabelenyo ang mahahalagang isyu na makakaapekto sa kanilang pamumuhay,” Dy pointed out.
One of the issues the outgoing lawmaker disclosed was the Divilacan-Ilagan Road project which was reportedly overpriced, half-finished, anti-environment and full of irregularities.
Voters in Isabela will be picking two more lawmakers in next year’s midterm elections, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the other week the law adding two congressional districts to the province’s four.
Political leaders did not offer any insight as to whether the two additional districts, created by Republic Act No. 11080, would affect local alliances in Isabela.
Dy and fellow Isabela lawmakers Ana Cristina Go and Rodolfo Albano III are on their third terms and barred from seeking reelection.
Only Rep. Lourdes Aggabao is running for a second term in May 2019.
All four legislators sponsored the measure to create the two new districts.
Forming six districts benefits Isabela, Vice Gov. Antonio Albano said, adding that “six congressmen will be able to take care of their constituents as their congressional districts are now smaller in terms of municipalities and cities that they will represent.”
The addition of two districts drew mixed reactions from residents, farmers, vendors, jeepney drivers and market traders.