City Councilor Estanislao Alviola who earlier seriously thought about running for the congressional seat of the 2nd District. to challeng incumbent Cong. Manuel Sagabarria, finally decided to gun for a seat in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to enrich his experience and further prove his worth.
His leaders spanning the entire district and beyond were optimistic that he could mount a credible campaign considering his high profile and frequent donations or medical assistance.
Nevertheless, he made good of his promise not to run against his relative Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo amid loose talks that he was positioning as an alternative. He made it clear that he supports to programs and projects of Mayor Remollo although he did not join his ticket in 2016.
Meanwhile, his colleague three-term Councilor Jose Victor Imbo admitted that his race for a seat in the Sangguniang Panalalawigan is different because he will running as an independent. Imbo has always ran with the full backing of a political party and Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria.
Unlike in the 1st and 3rd Districts, the 2nd District has the most number of candidates for Sangguniang Panlalawigan with seats to be filled up by the top four finishers. Among the 14 candidates are: Danilo Jimenez, former Governor Jose Petit Baldado, Arneil Rabe, former SP member Erwin Michael Macias, incumbent Mariant Villegas, Atty. Rommel Erames, former Dumaguete City Vice-Mayor Woodrow Maquiling Sr., incumbent Nilo Sayson, Archiless Arturo Umbac, former Vice-Governor Jun Arnaiz, Nick Elman, Melliemoore Saycon, Imbo and Alviola.
There are 6 candidates in the 1st District for the 3 seats available in the SP: Bindoy Mayor Valente Yap, Jimalalud Councilor Chester Lim, incumbent Jake Reyes, Ayungon Mayor Edsel Enardecido, Eric Jabel and former Manjuyod Mayor Amor Baldado.
In the 3rd District with 3 seats at stake: Jerome Nalam, Jack Raymund, Peter Paul Renacia, Bayawan City Councilor Mark Aurelia, PCL President Miguel Dungog, incumbent Kit Marc Adanza, Francisco Maata and Bernard Catindig.