Who would ever thought it will come down to this? But again it’s politics…crazy things happen. For 9 years, the Bersamins and Valera/Bernos has maintained the political Status Qou, avoiding direct confrontation. But I guess something’s got to give. So here we are, a heavyweight bout featuring the top head huchos of each camp: Takit vs Dominic. The battleground…the capital town of Bangued.
Eustaquio “Takit” Bersamin is a 3-time Governor. He unexpectedly was catapulted to power in 2010 when sympathy votes (the assination of Chito Bersamin) enabled him to take down Vicsyd Valera. Bersamin is no longer a pushover as he has built his political influence for the past 9 years. He hinted in 2013 that he will bow out of politics at the end of his term. He has changed his mind since.
Dominic “Nic” Valera is the incumbent mayor of Bangued. He was the Mayor in 2007 but was foiled by Ryan Luna in his bid for re-election in 2010. He took back the position in 2013 from Luna, eventually ending the Luna’s political clout.
I think this contest is more crucial to the Bersamins than the Valeras. Takit Bersamin has to win. It’s an insurance for their political survival, in case his wife Ruby Bersamin fail to win the Governoship.
As for Dominic Valera, the odds is on his favor. Historically, incumbents usually wins re-election. A win would spell doom for the Bersamins.
In my personal opinion, the winner is still too close to call. My only hope is both gentleman should fight fair and square and let the people freely decide.