Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee may have a hard time seeking reelection in 2019, after she lost key allies to the camp of incumbent Vice Governor Ester Hamor.
Hamor and new party mates met with Sen. Francis Escudero last Saturday, Nov. 25, to map out her mayoralty run for 2019.
Several of her new allies came from the camp of Lee, who were dissatisfied with her leadership.
Lee’s family had figured in controversies, the latest of which was the conviction by the Sandiganbayan of former Sorsogon Governor Raul Lee last August, over the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.
Joining Hamor are former Board Member Eric Dioneda (running for vice mayor); and councilor bets Atty. Joven Laura, Chuck Lubiano, Ellen Jamisola, and Board Member Eric Ravanilla.
Running for councilors in the west are Councilor Nestor Baldon, end-termer Board Member Vicky Aquino, Bitan-o Brgy. Captain Erwin Duana, and former Councilor Rogelio Jebulan.
Also running in Hamor’s camp in 2019 in Bacon district are: Councilor Larry Dioneda, former Councilors Auŕelio Destacamento, Roque Divina and Bem Dioneda, daughter of late Sorsogon City Mayor Leovic Dioneda.
During the meeting, Escudero promised support for Hamor and her group.
Meanwhile, seven members of Hamor’s party are allies of Lee: Councilors Chuck Lubiano, Ellen Jamisola, Eric Ravanilla, Nestor Baldon, board members Eric Ravanilla, Rebecca Aquino, and former city councilor Roque Divina.