CAPIZ GOES FOR CHANGE: Governor-elect Fredenil Castro’s emphatic win has majority of Capizeños embracing the promise of “love and fire”.
On June 30 Capiz province will have a new governor. Fredenil “Oto” Castro of Dumalag, the outgoing second district representative had a lopsided victory over incumbent Evan “Nonoy” Contreras in the May 9 elections.
Contreras lost in all municipalities except in his hometown Pontevedra where he barely edged out Castro by 303 votes. In all, Oto Castro tallied 253,074 while Nonoy Evan Contreras had 151,218 votes.
Castro’s campaign narrative revolved around the idea that Capizeños could achieve more under a leader of vision. He sees the province’s potential in tourism and economy, citing the Italian models in creating “the avenues of love and fire”.
Jane Castro, Oto’s wife also won as Capiz second district representative and child Khuku Castro won as Mayor of Dumalag.
Besides Gov. Nonoy Evan Contreras, other family members ran in the last elections. The father Esteban Dodoy Contreras lost to third termer Cong. Emmnuel “Tawi” Billones and “Toto Steve” Contreras lost to “Kap” Henry Tumlos for mayor of Pontevedra.