MANILA - The Batocabe family is still eyeing the mayoral post of Daraga, Albay even after the slay of its patriarch, AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, his son said Monday.
Batocabe, who was running for Daraga mayor in May's midterm polls, was gunned down by 6 assailants on Saturday while distributing Christmas gifts.
"That is not finalized as of the moment but there will be a Batocabe who will run for mayor for Daraga," his son Justin told reporters on Christmas Eve.
"Sa padayon po ng aming pamilya at ng aming butihing probinsiya at partido, ipagpapatuloy po namin ang mga mabuting nagawa ng aking ama. Ipapatuloy po natin ang kaniyang mga adhikain para sa Daraga, ipapatuloy po natin ang kaniyang mga adhikain para sa Bicol," he added.
(As our family, province and party move forward, we will continue the good deeds of my father. We will uphold his goals for Daraga, for Bicol.)
Before his slay, the elder Batocabe accused rivals in the local race of tapping armed groups to influence the May elections.
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.
The Batocabe family "will think hard and well" about its patriarch's replacement candidate, Justin Batocabe said.
The AKO Bicol party-list will also urge Comelec to place Daraga under its control during the elections, said its other representative, Alfredo Garbin.
Lawmakers and the local government offered P30 million for information that would lead to the capture of the mastermind and gunmen in his assassination.