‘Team Lakas’ of Cavite’s 1st District kicks off campaign

As the campaign period for the local races has begun, incumbent Vice Governor Jolo Revilla launched his congressional bid with the support of his key allies in Cavite’s 1st District.

Incumbent Vice Governor Jolo Revilla officially launched on March 25 his bid for Cavite’s 1st District congressional post along with his allies and party-mates in the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party.

In their proclamation rally at the Noveleta plaza, Revilla led their “Team Lakas sa Unang Distrito” slate which is composed of Kawit Mayor Angelo Aguinaldo, Rosario Mayor Voltaire Ricafrente, and the Chua brothers Noveleta Mayor Dino and Cavite City Vice Mayor Denver.

Photo courtesy of Jolo Revilla’s official FB page

All of Revilla’s political allies in the 1st District are seeking reelection except Cavite City’s Denver, who is now running for mayor. 

Photo courtesy of Angelo Aguinaldo’s official FB page

In the morning, the younger Revilla started their caravan early around the 1st District after celebrating a Mass at the San Roque Parish Church in Cavite City.

Revilla together with Aguinaldo and Ricafrente then endured the heat of the sun as they held a motorcade in several barangays of Kawit and Rosario in the afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Jolo Revilla’s official FB page

Prior to their kickoff rally, Noveleta Mayor Dino and his supporters marched to the venue.

Maraming Salamat po sa lahat ng naki-isa sa aming Proclamation Rally kahapon kasama ang buong TEAM UNLAD NOVELETA !…

Posted by Mayor Dino Reyes- Chua on Saturday, March 26, 2022

Deafening cheers welcomed the candidates at the plaza in front of the town hall which was filled by their supporters with some hailing from the nearby towns and city.

They were joined by Revilla’s father Senator Bong Revilla onstage, who declared all-out support for their team.

Photo courtesy of Jolo Revilla’s official FB page

Among Revilla’s campaign promises are to build a district hospital, to give students scholarship grants, to initiate flood-control projects, and to increase the minimum wage of workers if he would be elected.

In a chance interview, the younger Revilla told reporters the tight race would be challenging for him.

“Napakalaking hamon nito para sa akin dahil ang aking katunggali, ang pamilya nila nakaupo dito sa loob ng 27 taon. Pero sa 27 taon na ‘yan, alam ng tao ang kanilang pagkukulang. Hindi na natin kailangan sabihin iyon,” he said.

Revilla is referring to his rival, former Kawit vice mayor Paul Abaya, who is eyeing for political comeback in the upcoming elections. Abaya is the younger brother of incumbent 1st District Representative Boy Blue Abaya, who is now challenging his second cousin Aguinaldo in the Kawit mayoralty post.

Revilla and Aguinaldo also gave their opinion about political dynasties.

“Kung nakakatulong naman yung pamilya, why not? Alam naman ng tao kung sino talaga ‘yung nakakatulong,” he said.

“Siguro hindi naman question yung political family. Siguro ang question doon is kung nakaka-contribute ba yun sa development ng town or ng district ng Cavite,” Aguinaldo told ABS-CBN News.

(RELATED: First District First: Cavite officials join forces to boost local programs)

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Jolo Revilla’s official FB page

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