Ako Bicol Rep. Batocabe’s wife gets Duterte’s support as she runs for Daraga mayor


Daraga mayoral bet Gertie Duran-Batocabe and her son Atty. Justin Batocabe met with President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday in Malacañang.

They were joined by other Cabinet Secretaries Eduardo Año of the Interior department, Berna Romulo-Puyat of Tourism department as well as former Special Assistant Bong Go.

Gertie officially substituted her slain husband Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe as candidate of mayor in Daraga for 2019 polls.

“Thank you, Mr. President for all the help and encouragement. Yes, ready to be a #partnerforchange for our hometown of Daraga!,” Gertie said.

“It was a very fruitful meeting with DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and SAP Bong Go regarding tourism, local governance and security,” she added.

For his part, Justin described the meeting as “productive” as they tackled peace and order in Daraga.

“Productive meeting with President Duterte, SAP Bong Go, DILG Sec Ed Año, DOT Sec Berna Romulo-Puyat. The President promised to fight those against peace and order in Daraga,” Justin said.

“Together with his cabinet we discussed plans for a greater Daraga and a more progressive Bicol region,” he added.

Rep. Batocabe and his aide SPO2 Orlando Diaz were killed last December 22 while attending a gift-giving event in Daraga, Albay.

Batocabe was serving his last term as congressman. He was vying for a mayoral seat in Daraga.

The PNP tagged incumbent Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the mastermind behind Batocabe’s killing.

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