PHOTO CAPTION: It’s the end of the road in 2022 for Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores, who has announced his retirement from politics./iNews
KALIBO, Aklan–Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores has decided to retire from the political arena and not seek re-election in the upcoming May polls.
“I will retire in politics in 2022 but will support the candidates of Tibyog Akean for the May polls,” he tersely said in Aklanon.
Miraflores served as Aklan governor from 1995 to 2004 and was re-elected in 2013; his third and last term ends in 2022.
He also spent six years as Ibajay mayor from 1988 to 1995 and was elected for two terms as congressman of Aklan from 2004 to 2013.
He worked with the Ministry of Human Settlements from 1984 to 1987 before succeeding in his bid to become mayor of Ibajay.
While his term is set to end June 30, 2022, his eldest son’s, Jose Enrique’s, might just begin next year if he wins in the Aklan gubernatorial race.
The younger Miraflores served as provincial board member from 2010 to 2016 and has been the incumbent mayor of Ibajay, Aklan since 2016.
TIBYOG AKEAN BETS
In a press conference on October 2, Miraflores introduced the Tibyog Akean candidates for Sangguniang Panlalawigan: incumbent board member Nemesio Neron, former Balete councilor Apolinar Cleope, Banga councilor Teddy Tupas, and Kalibo councilors Mark Ace Bautista and Mark Quimpo for the Eastern District, and former Malay councilor Jupiter Aelred Gallenero, Aliputos (Numancia) barangay captain Bayani Cordova, incumbent board member Jay Tejada, former Nabas mayor Romeo Dalisay, and Ibajay vice mayor Plaridel Solidum for the Western District.
Aklan Vice-Governor Reynaldo Quimpo is also seeking reelection in the May polls.
Tibyog Akean has been the ruling political group in the province since the mid-1990s.
Miraflores, however, expressed disappointment over the political decision of incumbent mayor Rodell Ramos of Batan, Aklan, who is now set to run against Aklan 1st District Rep. Carlito Marquez of Tibyog Akean.
Marquez, also a former governor, is seeking to continue his mandate for a third term.
Miraflores said he gave his full support to Ramos for his plans and projects in Batan, but, days before the filing of certificates of candidacy, the latter decided to bolt Tibyog Akean to challenge the incumbent congressman in the 1st District.
The governor bared Ramos’ decision created a political vacuum in the Tibyog Akean leadership in Batan.
Presently, former agricultural regional director Jindra Linda Demeterio is the official mayoral bet of Tibyog Akean in Batan, Aklan. Jindra is the sister of then-Batan mayor Jayner “Bodong” Demeterio. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)