Local bets start campaigning

(CNN Philippines) — Local candidates throughout the regions begin campaigning. Here's the latest from the campaign trail.

Cagayan de Oro mayoralty bet, Rufus Rodriguez announced his party was backing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Rep. Leni Robredo. In a gathering last week, two-thirds of Rodriguez's Centrist Democratic Party voted to adopt Duterte for his plans for Mindanao.

In Angeles City, Pampanga, outgoing Sen. Lito Lapid launched his mayoralty campaign on easter sunday (March 27). Lapid was former Pampanga governor from 1995 to 2004. He will face incumbent mayor Ed Pamintuan.

Moro National Liberation Front Chairman Muslimen Sema is going against Cotabato City Mayor Japal Giyani Jr. Sema was city mayor from 1998 to 2007.

Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman led the proclamation rally of the Liberal Party in Ganassi town, Lanao del Sur. The town is said to be an administration stronghold. Hataman is seeking re-election.

In Zamboanga City, Mayor Beng Climaco's strongest rival, retired Zamboanga City Police Director, Mario Yanga, started his campaign in a drug-infested barangay in the city. The former police general said this symbolizes his resolve to wipe out crime in the city.

And, two political groups in Leyte started campaigning on Sunday. In Ormoc City, the Liberal Party-allied Bando Codilla held a rally at the city plaza. In neighboring Albuera, Leyte, the Espinosas, allied under the United Nationalist Alliance, launched their campaign at the town gymnasium.