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THE clash between the two top local officials of Bulacan has begun as they announced their desire to run for the province’s gubernatorial seat.

Re-electionist Governor Daniel Fernando had earlier announced that he would still run for governor under the National Unity Party (NUP).

His former long-time partner and incumbent Bulacan Vice Governor Willy Alvarado, who is just in his first term as vice-governor from the NUP party, went “ober da bakod” and has joined the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to face Gov. Fernando in the Bulacan gubernatorial race.

On Wednesday, Vice Gov. Alvarado filed his Certificate of Candidacy represented by his wife, former congresswoman Marivic Alvarado and his lawyers.

It was learned that the vice governor was under home quarantine after he was tested positive of Covid-19.

Alvarado’s PDP-Laban partner, former governor Jonjon Mendoza, joined the party’s slate and also formally filed his COC together with Congressman Jonathan Sy-Alvarado, who is eyeing his third term in the first district of Bulacan.

First District board members Mina Fermin and Allan Andan also filed their COCs as well as Anjo Mendoza for board member in the 5th district.

It can be recalled that only halfway through Fernando’s first term as governor, Alvarado gradually showed his desire to seek the top position.

It was learned that Fernando tried to talk and convince Alvarado several times to be his running mate to save their friendship and partnership in politics but, Alvarado refused and ignored his offer.

As this developed, Alvarado embraced and chose his long-time rival, former governor Jonjon Mendoza, whom he accused, denounced and even sued in court before during Alvarado’s term as governor with Fernando as his then-vice governor, to be his partner.

Also part of Gov. Fernando’s slate is television and movie actor, Board Member Alex Castro, who joined the NUP to fight Mendoza.

Fernando and Castro are set to file their COCs on October 7.

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