Doc­tor vs Gul­las vs pas­tor in Cebu’s 1st district race

Dr. Del Mar subs for Ped­er­al­ismo bet for House seat in 2019 elec­tions

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ros­alie O. Abatayo CORRESPONDENT

It will be a prac­tic­ing sur­geon and a pas­tor that will go up against Tal­isay City Mayor Ed­uardo Gul­las for the first district Con­gres­sional race in the 2019 midterm elec­tions.

This de­vel­oped af­ter Dr. Ron del Mar, a gen­eral sur­geon, sub­sti­tuted Rodolfo Flor­mata as the can­di­date of the Ped­er­al­ismo ng Du­gong Dak­i­lang Sama­han-Demo­cratic Party of the Philip­pines (PDDS-DPP) in the con­gres­sional bid.

Del Mar, a res­i­dent of Barangay Tuyan, City of Naga, said Flor­mata. who is a Barangay Tungkog, Minglanilla town res­i­dent, was first asked to run for Congress be­cause he (Del Mar) was still un­de­cided if he would run at the time of the fil­ing.

“We had op­tions kung kinsa ang prob­a­ble can­di­dates. I was wait­ing for fac­tors at the time to de­cide if I will run. Gi­pada­gan namo (si Flor­mata) para duna lang gyod mi kan­didato ,” said Del Mar.

Del Mar said they would be sup­port­ing the gu­ber­na­to­rial bid of Vice Gov. Agnes Mag­pale, a can­di­date of the Na­tion­al­ists Peo­ple's Coali­tion (NPC), against third district Rep. Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia.

Gar­cia is the gu­ber­na­to­rial stan­dard bearer of Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino- Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban), the party of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

Del Mar said PDDSDPP is al­lied with NPC.

Del Mar pre­vi­ously ran as barangay cap­tain of Tuyan in 2013 and City Coun­cilor of Naga in 2016. How­ever, the doc­tor lost in both polls.

Del Mar said that if he would win against Gul­las, he would pri­or­i­tize pass­ing a bill that would cre­ate a com­mis­sion un­der the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) that would strengthen and fur­ther de­fine the func­tions of barangay health cen­ters.

The sub­sti­tu­tion of Del Mar to Flor­mata is the first in the provin­cial po­si­tion as of Novem­ber 9.

Solomon Paypa, a pas­tor run­ning as an in­de­pen­dent, is the third can­di­date vy­ing for the House seat in the first district con­gres­sional race.

Paypa was the last per­son to file his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy for Cebu can­di­dates last Oct. 17.

Ac­cord­ing to the cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions, sub­sti­tu­tion of can­di­dates will be un­til Novem­ber 29.

But Provin­cial Elec­tion Of­fi­cer, lawyer Fer­di­nand Gu­jilde, ex­plained that sub­sti­tu­tion due to death of orig­i­nal can­di­date might still be al­lowed be­yond Novem­ber 29 pro­vided that the sub­sti­tute can­di­date would have the same sur­name as the the orig­i­nal can­di­date.

Gu­jilde said that they would have to abide by the dead­line be­cause the Com­elec would have to com­plete the print­ing of the bal­lots of each LGU since na­tional and lo­cal elec­tions would be au­to­mated.

He added that they would be post­ing the list of can­di­dates on their web­site and in the Com­elec of­fices on Novem­ber 23 so that the can­di­dates could check if their names that would ap­pear on the bal­lot would be cor­rect.

In case of er­rors in en­cod­ing their names, Gu­jilde said the can­di­dates might file for a re­quest for cor­rec­tion of their names.

CDN PHOTO/ROS­ALIE ABATAYO

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