Comelec prepares list of candidates


LEGAZPI CITY: A radio broadcaster was the last to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) in Legazpi City, 10 minutes before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) closed its doors on Friday.

At the end of the week-long filing for COCs, 46 political aspirants and reelectionists for provincial positions filed their COCs in Albay province, said Romeo Serrano, Comelec provincial director in Albay.

Joshua Martinez Jr., a radio commentator of Radio Siram, filed his COC throwing in his hat for the congressional race in the second district.

Martinez, an independent candidate, is working at the radio station owned by Rep. Christopher Co of AKB Partylist in Bicol.

Aside from Martinez, Jose Los Banos and Virgilio Goyena also filed their COC for congressional post in the second district.

Among the prominent political figures in the province is former congressman Edcel C. Lagman, a Liberal Party (LP) member will try to reclaim his seat while Rep. Al Francis Bichara will seek the gubernatorial seat.

In Iloilo City, the Comelec announced that they received COCs from 37 candidates for 15 political positions in this southern city.

City Election Supervisor Reinier Layson said the list of candidates showed three are vying for city mayor, two for vice mayor and two for representative of the lone city district and 30 for city councilors.

For congressman, the contenders are incumbent Jerry P. Treñas of LP and lawyer Dan Cartagena of UNA. For city mayor, the contenders are incumbent Jed Patrick Mabilog of LP, Marigold Gonzalez of UNA and independent Arnell de la Llana, and for vice mayor, the contenders are Jose Espinosa 3rd and lawyer Rolando Dabao of UNA.

The Comelec provincial office in Quezon closed its logbook for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC) at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday with 56 candidates for various local positions.

It was a race to the last few minutes of filing for the challenger of incumbent Quezon Gov. David Suarez, Jose Colar, who filed his COC at 4:42 p.m.

Four other aspirants filed their COCs for the gubernatorial post, including Reynulfo Raquepo, Fidencio Salumbides, Danilo Pasatiempo and Teodorico Gonzales.

Three are vying for vice governor including incumbent Sam Nantes (LP), Anacleto Alcala Jr. (National Unity Party) and Marco Antonio Lirag (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino).

Roberto Lozano, Comelec-Quezon Election Assistant II, said the final list of candidates would be prepared on Saturday. The names would be coming from the 39 municipalities and two cities of Quezon.

Lozano added that they will send the list to the Comelec head office for verification so they can filter the name and remove the nuisance candidates.

The campaign period for the national positions is from February 9 to May 7 while the campaign period for local positions is from March 25 to May 7, 2016.


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