RESIGNED Postmaster General Josefina “Josie” Dela Cruz and veteran actor Philip Salvador yesterday filed their certificates of candidacy (CoC) for governor and vice governor before the Provincial Comelec Office under the substitution process.
Dela Cruz is running as substitute for her brother Pete Mendoza who earlier filed his CoC for governor while Salvador replaces Eduardo Gregorio for vice governor.
Both are of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) party. They are facing incumbent governor Willy Sy-Alvarado and vice governor Daniel Fernando who are seeking reelection.
According to provincial election supervisor Elmo Duque, the CoC of Dela Cruz and Salvador were accepted based on Comelec Resolution 9984 on the substitution of candidates.
A petition earlier filed to deny the application for registration and deny the inclusion of Philip Mikael “Ipe” Salvador’s (the actor’s real name) and his wife Emma Estocada Salvador in the voters’ list were dismissed by the Comelec Election Registration Board (ERB) of Marilao in Bulacan.
Before filing their CoC’s Dela Cruz and Salvador, with their supporters from various towns in Bulacan, attended a holy Mass officiated by Fr. Gerry Fortunato of Santisima Trinidad Parish.
Dela Cruz, also former governor of Bulacan, on Monday tendered her resignation as postmaster general of the Philippine Postal Corporation.
She served the province of Bulacan for 27 years, started as the youngest vice mayor of Bocaue; became a provincial Board Member; vice governor; and the youngest Bulacan governor from 1992 to 2001.