MANILA, Philippines --- Incumbent Pasig City Mayor Robert ''Bobby'' Eusebio has withdrawn his re-election bid in next year's mid-term 2013 elections and has been substituted by his wife, Maribel Andaya Eusebio, sources revealed yesterday.
A source close to the 44-year-old mayor, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to disclose information, said Eusebio decided to withdraw his candidacy at the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters in Pasig last December 19 in order to return to private life.
Replacing him as official candidate of the Nacionalista Party (NP) in the mayoral race in Pasig is his 42-year-old wife, Maribel, who is running for an elective position for the first time.
The young Eusebio, the son of former Pasig City Mayors' Vicente and Soledad Eusebio, first run as mayor of the city in 2007 where he defeated former professional basketball player and Pasig City Rep. Robert ''Dodot'' Jaworski Jr.
In 2010, he run again as mayor of the city and won via a landslide.
''What I know is Ma'am Maribel is now our official candidate for the mayor in Pasig City. Although this is the first time that she will run for an elective position, she grew up around a family of politicians and has been active in so many advocacies that promote women and children rights, gender development, environment, livelihood services, cultural and tourism, etc.,'' the source said.
''Siya ay naging katuwang ni (she has helped) Mayor Eusebio in redesigning the people-oriented program of Pasig City. She is more than qualified to run as mayor,'' the source added.
Maribel, who graduated with an architecture degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Architecture, is the sister of Camarines Sur 1st District Rep. Rolando Andaya, Jr.
Among the positions held by Maribel include the Pasigueña Organization for Women Empowerment and Recognition (POWER) Foundation, Chairperson of the Pasig City Girls Scouts; Pasig City Gender and Development (GAD) Office, head of the Pasig City Livelihood Foundation, Inc. which provides free schooling to less fortunate residents of the city such as arts and craft, cosmetology, reflexology, food trades, baking, dressmaking, tailoring and cell phone repair, etc.
''She has so many advocacies,'' the source said.