6 to chal­lenge Bayron for Puerto mayor

Palawan News - - CITY - By Ger­ardo Reyes Jr. & Rachel Ganan­cial Re­porter & Cor­re­spon­dent

Six may­oralty hope­fuls will chal­lenge in­cum­bent Mayor Lu­cilo Bayron for the may­oralty seat of Puerto Princesa City. Join­ing the race to take over the reins of the city gov­ern­ment is Bayron’s own daugh­ter, Ju­dith ‘ Raine’ Bayron, who filed her cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy (COC) 10 min­utes be­fore the clos­ing on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17, of the fi­nal day of fil­ing. The other chal­lengers are in­cum­bent Vice Mayor Luis Mar­caida III, Jimmy Cañete, Eliseo Pa­tri­cio Oloso­rio, Ed­mundo Ca­ton and An­to­nio Aro­sio. “Ka­pag na-for­ward na sa COMELEC Manila itong mga cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy nila, i-che-check kung meron bang nui­sance can­di­dates. Tit­ig­nan if any of them filed his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy to put the elec­tion process in mock­ery or dis­re­pute. May iba pang puwe­deng dahi­lan na ma-de­clare na nui­sance can­di­date,” city elec­tion of­fi­cer Fer­di­nand Ber­mejo said. Ber­mejo said that ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 69 of the Om­nibus Elec­tion Code, any can­di­date may be de­clared as a nui­sance “if it can be proven that his/her in­ten­tion is also to cause con­fu­sion among vot­ers be­cause of sim­i­lar­i­ties in their reg­is­tered names; the man­i­fes­ta­tion of cir­cum­stances or acts which tell he/she has re­ally no bona fide in­ten­tion to run for the of­fice for which he/she has filed his/her COC and is con­se­quently prevent­ing a faith­ful de­ter­mi­na­tion of the true will of the elec­torate.” The COMELEC cen­tral of­fice will make a de­ci­sion on the fi­nal list of can­di­dates by Novem­ber 29, he pointed out. “Ipa­paalam ‘ yan agad sa atin kasi kailan­gan bago ma-fi­nal­ize ang mga pan­galan na ilala­gay sa bal­lots,” he said. He said the ten­ta­tive list of can­di­dates for all city po­si­tions will be posted on Novem­ber 5. “Yong next nat­ing ac­tiv­ity is yong post­ing ng ten­ta­tive list of can­di­dates tapos ‘yong at­ing elec­tion pe­riod ay mag-start ng Jan­uary 13,” Ber­mejo said.

Bayron, who was also ac­com­pa­nied by her daugh­ter Raine, filed his COC on the morn­ing of the last day of fil­ing as a re-elec­tion­ist can­di­date un­der the Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan or PDP-La­ban. Raine filed hers in the af­ter­noon un­der the Na­tion­al­ist Peo­ple’s Coali­tion (NPC) af­fil­i­ate Par­tidong Pag­babago ng Palawan (PPP), Ber­mejo said. “Nag-file siya for mayor ka­hapon bago nag-close ang fil­ing. Puwede na­man kasi un­til Novem­ber 29, puwe­deng magka­roon ng sub­sti­tu­tion, o di kaya with­drawal ng COC,” he said. Raine said that “in due time the peo­ple of the city will also know why she will run for mayor in­stead of coun­cilor un­der the Kuri­das Team of her fa­ther.” “In due time malala­man ninyo ‘yong sagot sa mga tanong na ‘yan pero sa ngayon sig­uro hingi muna ako ng kaunt­ing pang-un­awa sa inyo. In due time may mga sagot sa mga kata­nun­gan na ‘yan,” Raine told lo­cal me­dia. She said that her fa­ther is cur­rently in Manila, “when he gets back, both of us will an­swer the ques­tion of why I filed my can­di­dacy for mayor.” In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with Radyo Ban­dera, Raine as­sured that on May 13, 2019, only one Bayron will run in the may­oralty race. “Isang Bayron lang ang tatakbo. Alam mo Ka Louie (Lar­rosa), kasi may mga nabasa rin ako na para bang sinasabi na ganid kami sa po­sisyon ano po. Tala­gang ganid daw kami at hindi [pagka]-mayor ang ipa-file ko, baka vice mayor o ka­gawad dahil sabi na­man puwede na­man. Pero hindi po, ‘yan ay isang patu­nay na hindi kami af­ter sa maram­ing po­sisyon sa gob­y­erno,” she said. She said her COC fil­ing was not due to “sub­sti­tu­tion” since Mayor Bayron filed his in the morn­ing and hers, in the af­ter­noon. “Hindi sub­sti­tu­tion ang mangya­yari sa amin. May mag-wi-with­draw na isa sa huli. Ang pag-with­draw na­man ay any­time ‘yan,” she said. She also said she is not af­fected by the crit­i­cisms agains her de­ci­sion. I am ma­ture enough and past the stage of im­me­di­ately re­act­ing the mo­ment she is at­tacked, she added. “You can­not please ev­ery­body, you can­not please ev­ery­one kahit pa ikumpara sa mansanas ikaw ang pinaka masarap, pinaka juicy na mansanas sa mundo, meron at meron na ayaw sa mansanas,” she said. Raine filed with­out any run­ning mate. The older Bayron run with a full slate com­posed of in­cum­bent Coun­cilor Nancy Socrates for vice mayor, and can­di­dates for coun­cilor Vic­tor Oliv­eros, Roy Gre­go­rio Ven­tura, Jimmy Car­bonell, Henry Ga­di­ano, Ne­sario Awat, Matthew Men­doza and Rolando Amu­rao, El­gin Robert Da­m­asco, Herbert Dilig, and Michael Tan.

Seven of them are in­cum­bent coun­cilors, Dilig and Da­m­asco are po­lit­i­cal neo­phytes while Tan is a re­turn­ing po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rant.

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