Go, Alip­ing file CoCs

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

AT LEAST two po­lit­i­cal party coali­tions in Baguio City opened their bid for pub­lic of­fice at the start of the fil­ing of cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy at the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions.

Ban­ner­ing the Lib­eral Party is for­mer Baguio rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ni­ca­sio Alip­ing Jr. who hopes to re­claim his post af­ter fil­ing his can­di­dacy to­gether with hu­man rights lawyer Jose Molin­tas, who is also vy­ing for the top seat at the city hall.

The duo were joined by in­cum­bent Coun­cilors Mylen Yara­non and Arthur Al­lad-iw, to­gether with Is­abelo Cos­alan Jr., Ron­ald Perez, Vic­tor Jimenez, and RiAFTER

chard Car­iño.

Lo­cal bets from the Na­tion­al­ista Party – Par­tido Demok­tratiko Pilipino La­ban Coali­tion also tropped to the COM­ELEC of­fice with Con­gress­man Mar­quez Go gun­ning for his sec­ond term as lone dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Baguio.

Join­ing Go is Vice Mayor Edi­son Bilog run­ning as mayor un­der PDP La­ban to­gether with in­cum­bent Coun­cilor Faustino Ati­wag Olowan run­ning as Vice- Mayor.

The ‘Go­bi­wan’ team is joined by its coun­cilor bets com­prised of for­mer Coun­cilor Phyl­lan Al­lan, Grace Mayos, Gerry Uy, Pamela Carino, Edgar Al­lan Bel­tran, Thomas Du­malti, Zosimo Abra­tique, John Glenn Gaer­lan and Ri­cardo Ba­galawis to­gether with in­cum­bent City Coun­cilors Elaine Sem­brano and Joel Alangsab.

Be­fore 12 noon, Baguio Com­elec of­fi­cer At­tor­ney John Paul Martin re­ceived the COCs of the can­di­dates.

Alip­ing ear­lier launched his can­di­dacy in Au­gust which carves a three-cor­nered fight yet with Rep. Go and Baguio City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan, who is on his third term as city mayor.

So far, only Alip­ing, Go and Do­mo­gan are se­ri­ously seen in the 2019 con­gres­sional race for the May 2019 polls.

Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice city di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ramil Sac­ulles said fil­ing of the CoCs in the city re­mains peace­ful de­spite the ver­bal tus­sle among sup­port­ers of the can­di­dates.

As of writ­ing, govern­ment of­fi­cials of Benguet has yet to file their COCs and are ex­pected to file in the up­com­ing days.

COC fil­ing has been set Oc­to­ber 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 sched­uled 8 am to 5pm ex­cept Satur­days and Sun­days.

Fol­low­ing the fil­ing of COC will be the re­lease of full lists of run­ning of­fi­cials. Election pe­riod be­gins Jan­uary 19, 2019 while cam­paign pe­riod will start on March 30 to May 11, 2019 in the lo­cal level and Fe­bru­ary 12 to May 11, 2019in the na­tional level for next year’s mid-term au­to­mated elec­tions.

Pho­tos by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

EARLY BIRDS. The Par­tido Demokratiko Pilip­inas (PDP) lead by Con­gress­man Mark Go, may­oralty can­di­date Edi­son Bilog and as­pir­ing vice mayor Faustino Olowan files their can­di­dacy for the May 13, 2019 with for­mer Coun­cilor Jose Molin­tas and for­mer Con­gress­man Ni­ca­sio Alip­ing Jr. who will ban­ner the lo­cal Lib­eral Party.

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