Gertie Batocabe, widow of slain congressman, will run for mayor, says kin

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2019 11:42 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2019 12:02 AM

MANILA—The widow of AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe will take over her slain husband's bid for the mayoralty in Daraga town, Albay, Batocabe's brother announced Thursday.

Gertie Batocabe has yet to issue an official statement, though, according to Rodel's brother, Dennis.

Rodel Batocabe, who had planned to run for Daraga mayor at the time of his death, was gunned down by 6 assailants on December 22, while distributing Christmas gifts.

Gertie will challenge incumbent Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who has been tagged as the mastermind behind the killing.

All six gunmen behind the slay are now in police custody.

The substitution of candidates is allowed up to noon of May 13, election day, as long as the replacement has the same surname of the withdrawing candidate, the Commission on Elections earlier said. — Report from Jose Carretero, ABS-CBN News