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return bout in 2004 elections

        In this year’s elections, Buluseños will witness again the return bout of two political dynasties for the Mayoral seat which they bitterly fought for in 2001.

            The contenders are re-electionist Mayor Juan G. Guysayko and Jose Rene S. Halum whom the former beat in the 2001 elections.

            Mayor Guysayko who is a retired PNP Colonel before he entered politics, is the son of the late former Mayor Vicente Guysayko Sr. and the former Maria Gutierrez of Barangay Buhang; the first cousin of Provincial Board Member and Municipal Mayor and now Provincial Administrator Erwin G. Guysayko and first cousin also of the late Willis Fortades, husband of former municipal mayor and now Vice-Mayor Nelly G. Fortades.

            On the other hand, Mr. Halum of Barangay Poctol who is a businessman, is the son of the late Paciente G. Halum and the former Otelia Sesbreño; younger brother of Dr. Oscar S. Halum who served for three consecutive terms as municipal mayor and nephew of Dr. Rogado G. Halum who served for a long time also as municipal mayor.

            Running for vice-mayor under the administration is Kagawad Menandro F. Frayna of Barangay Sabang, an industrial engineer/businessman and married to Noemi Gallego, also of Sabang.

            In the opposition side is his first cousin, Kagawad Danilo G. Freo of Barangay Sta. Barbara, a retired Air Force captain.

            The candidates for councilor or kagawad under the admininstration party are: Kagawad Manuel Bañares of Barangay Dapdap, a re-electionist for the third term; Mr. Reynaldo D. Din, a retired public school teacher from Barangay Sabang; Mr. Leonardo F. Firmanes, a former kagawad for three terms, an agriculture graduate, and a farmer; incumbent Vice-Mayor Nelly Gacosta-Fortades, a former municipal mayor; Mr. Pedro G. Frando, a businessman from Barangay Central and former kagawad for three terms; Mr. Pierre S. Geva of Barangay Central & Sabang, a businessman who once served as in-charge for barangay affairs under the office of the Provincial Governor; and Kagawad Vicente G. Yap of Buhang, a third term re-electionist.

            In the opposite camp, candidates for councilors are: Mr. Gerry G. Espaldon of Barangay Buhang, a former barangay chairman; Mr. Andrew D. Espedido of Barangay Sabang, a restaurateur who also serves as secretary of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and who, despite his being Metro-based, regularly goes back and forth to Bulusan for business transactions; Kagawad Celestino F. Frades of Barangay Looban, an agriculture graduate and a second term re-electionist; Kagawad Roque G. Gabito of Barangay San Roque, a re-electionist for the second term, a businessman, and a part-time driving instructor; Mrs. Matilde Fortajada-Gamba also of San Roque, a retired public school teacher; Mrs. Elizabeth Gallego-Gabad of Barangay Porog, a retired public school teacher; Mr. Melchor A. Hasta of Barangay Madlawon, a representative of a brokerage firm in Metro-Manila and former director of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and like Andrew, most often goes home to Bulusan for his business transactions; and Mr. Domingo G. Tan of Barangay Central and Buhang, a businessman.


Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)

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