Nograles, Abante seek second term as Lower House member

Published October 7, 2021, 11:23 AM

by Ben Rosario

Reps. Fidel Nograles (2nd District, Rizal) and Bienvenido Abante (6th District, Manila) are seeking re-election in their respective congressional districts.

Nograles and Abante filed their certificate of candidacy in their localities, hoping to continue to pursue their respective legislative agenda and program of service for their constituents.

“What we have started is good. We aim to be even better and now, we can focus more in the town of Montalban. Tuluy-tuloy lang po tayo sa serbisyo, Forward Now tayo hanggang dulo,” said Nograles, who will seek a second term.

Nograles, a Harvard-trained lawyer, is the vice chairman of the House Committee on Justice and on Indigenous Cultural Minorities.

He introduced and sponsored the redistricting measure for the 2nd district of Rizal that eventually became RA 11533.

The neophyte solon noted that through the help of Governor Nini Ynares, and his colleagues in Congress, he will be able to concentrate his projects and services in Montalban while two more congressmen will represent the town of San Mateo, and the other Southeastern rural towns of Rizal.

“Even with limited resources for such a big and populous district, we are able to implement several projects for the people. Imagine what more we can do now that we have more representation and budget allocation,” he added.

ON the other hand, Abante will also seek a second term as congressman. Currently a deputy speaker, Abante already served a nine-year full term as congressman before returning to the Lower House for the 18th Congress.

Abante stressed that “we now live in uncertain and troubling times, as we are in the middle of a crisis that has made our kababayan even more dependent on their government.” “Given this,” explained the solon, “it is imperative to choose leaders with track records that clearly show that they are not just willing, but capable and ready to serve their constituents.”