BULK OF BETS TO FILE COCS NEXT WEEK – POLL EXEC

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRES PONDENTS ROSALIE O. ABATAYO AND ZENA V. MAGTO /RE­PORTER MOREXETTE MARIE ERRAM WITH COR­RE­SPON­DENT FUTCH AN­THONY INSO

1ST CAN­DI­DATE TO FILE COC AT CEBU POLL OF­FICE

IT WAS a slow day for the elec­tion of­fi­cers at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) of­fices of Cebu Prov­ince at the start of the sched­uled five-day fil­ing of the cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COCs) for next year’s midterm elec­tions.

At the Com­elec Cebu Prov­ince of­fice,two can­di­dates filed their COCs,these are in­cum­bent Pro­vin­cial Board Mem­ber (Cebu 3rd district) Vic­to­ria “Tata” Coromi­nas-Toribio, who is seek­ing re­elec­tion and Toledo City Coun­cilor Leo Dolino, who is also run­ning for the pro­vin­cial board mem­ber post.

Coromi­nas was the first to file her COC at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Com­elec Of­fice.

In 2016, Coromi­nas-Toribio was also one of the ear­li­est can­di­dates to file her COC.

She also said that she de­cided to seek re­elec­tion be­cause of the pro­posed or­di­nances that had not yet been passed and were still un­der the con­sul­ta­tion phase.

She said she was run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent so that she could serve a wider scope of peo­ple.

Lawyer Leo Dolino, who is an in­cum­bent Toledo City coun­cilor on his last term, also filed his COC on Thurs­day.

Dolino would be run­ning as a third district pro­vin­cial board mem­ber.

He said he planned to ex­pand his ad­vo­cacy for free le­gal con­sul­ta­tions for those in need and fight for scholas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­der­priv­i­leged.

“(I’m con­sid­er­ing) build­ing tech­ni­cal schools in moun­tain barangays,” said Dolino, who came from a fam­ily of ed­u­ca­tors.

Dolino served as a city coun­cilor in Toledo City way back 1995, and was also barangay cap­tain of Barangay Cabitoo­nan in 2007. He re­turned as city coun­cilor last 2010 up to the present.

Toledo City Mayor John Henry Os­mena showed his sup­port to Coromi­nas-Toribio and Dolino when Os­mena ac­com­pa­nied them in fil­ing their COCs.

The two were the only can­di­dates to file their COCs on Thurs­day at the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Com­elec Of­fice which opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. WITH no can­di­dates show­ing up to file their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy (COCs) at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion Cebu City North District (Com­elec-Cebu City North district) of­fice, Elec­tion Of­fi­cer Marchel Sarno said that they were ex­pect­ing this de­vel­op­ment.

Sarno said that they were anticipating the bulk of the can­di­dates fil­ing their COCs next week or in the last few days of the fil­ing.

The fil­ing of the COCs started on Thurs­day (Oct. 11), Fri­day (Oct 12), Mon­day (Oct. 15) un­til Oct. 17 (Wed­nes­day).

“That has been the trend in Cebu City’s reg­u­lar elec­tions. But we ad­vise them, if pos­si­ble, to file even a day be­fore the dead­line so that there’s still room to cor­rect any mis­takes on their forms or com­ply lack­ing re­quire­ments,” Sarno said.

Mean­while,Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma has en­cour­aged politi­cians with pure in­ten­tions to seek po­si­tion for pub­lic of­fice.

“Go ahead, I will en­cour­age them to file,” Palma said on Mon­day.

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