‘Un­der­dogs’ first to file COC for mayor

Brgy. Ka­gawad Ba­ban, colum­nist Con­tr­eras among the early birds

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By PJ Orias

IN­CUM­BENT barangay Ma­casandig ka­gawad Nixon Ba­ban was among the early birds who filed their cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy (COC) at the City Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) here yes­ter­day. And, hold your breath, they’re seek­ing the city’s top post.

Ba­ban was the first to file his COC yes­ter­day morn­ing and is run­ning for mayor. He said he will bring back the en­vi­ron­ment is­sues on the ta­ble, which he said, has been set aside for a while.

Ba­ban ran as City Coun­cilor un­der Mayor Os­car Moreno’s pre­vi­ous party, the Lib­eral Party in the last 2016 elec­tions but lost.

Mem­ber of the press Ben­jamin Con­tr­eras is also run­ning for mayor for the 2019 midterm elec­tions. Con­tr­eras said the city still faces many prob­lems that needs to be ad­dressed.

“I am run­ning not for my­self, but for the peo­ple. Ang atong syu­dad daghan prob­lema ug atong atuban­gon ni tanan kung modaog kita,” he said.

Com­elec Of­fi­cer lawyer Ramil Acol, mean­while, urged in­di­vid­u­als to file their COCs early.

He also re­minded as­pi­rants to be ex­tra care­ful when fill­ing up their COCs.

“Come early be­cause the fil­ing is set only un­til 5 p.m., be­yond that, we won’t en­ter­tain your sub­mis­sion any­more,” he said.

Com­elec of­fices will be open from 8 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. up to Oc­to­ber 17 while the cam­paign pe­riod for sen­a­tor and party-list groups will be from Fe­bru­ary 12 to May 11, ac­cord­ing to the cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties re­leased by the Com­elec for the polls.

As for can­di­dates for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and elec­tive re­gional, pro­vin­cial, city and mu­nic­i­pal po­si­tions, the cam­paign pe­riod will be from March 30 to May 11.

(JIG­GER J. JERUSALEM)

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