Incumbent Rep. Sandra Eriguel is the overwhelming favorite of La Union voters to win in the second district’s congressional race, results of a local survey showed.
The survey, conducted by the Timek Ilokandia research group, showed Eriguel is preferred by 80 percent or majority of the respondents as representative of La Union’s second district, while her rival, Dante Garcia, has a 20-percent voter preference.
The survey, which has 2,000 respondents from the 11 municipalities of the second district, was conducted from April 11 to 13, 2022. It has a margin of error of -/+ 1-2 percent.
Eriguel welcomed the survey results, saying she will continue to support the welfare of the people of the second district, a commitment started by her late husband, former Rep. Franny Eriguel.
Eriguel, provincial chairperson of the Lakas-CMD political party in La Union, is seeking her third term as representative.
Her daughter, incumbent Agoo Mayor Stefanie Eriguel, is also seeking her third term.
Mayor Stefanie got 77 percent in the same survey, as against the 23 percent gained by her rival, Frank Sibuma.
Both Eriguels aim to continue the outstanding brand of public service by their family in the last 24 years, which has transformed the second district of La Union into a hub of progress and development in Northern Luzon.
The Iglesia ni Cristo has also expressed its support to the mother-and-daughter tandem.
A medical doctor by profession, Rep. Eriguel is one of the authors of the Doktor Para sa Bayan Act, which established a medical scholarship and return service program for deserving students in state universities and colleges or in partner private higher education institutions.
She was also the principal author of RA 11484 which converted the road from Anduyan in Tubao, La Union to San Pascual, Tuba in Benguet into a national road, as well as RA 11562 which expanded the Rosario District Hospital and RA 11559 which upgraded the Naguilian District Hospital.
Her husband’s death in May 2018 marked the start of well-planned political killings in the province by an assassination squad reportedly composed of police and military scalawags and hired by a political rival targeting incumbent officials allied with La Union Governor Francisco “Pacoy” Ortega lll.
The Crusaders for Peace, a non-government organization formed by peace-loving people of Ilocos region, earlier asked the Commission on Elections to include La Union province in the list of areas of concern to ensure the conduct of peaceful elections on May 9, 2022.