Issue of September 30, 2012
     
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Benguet, Baguio politicians ready parties for 2013 polls
by Harley Palangchao

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Incumbent and comebacking politicians in Baguio and Benguet are firming up their line-ups as the filing of certificates of candidacies (COCs) starts on Oct. 1 to 5.

The Commission on Elections issued the guidelines on the filing of COCs for the May 2013 midterm elections emphasizing that the filing period is strictly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Benguet, the provincial chapter of the ruling Liberal Party led by incumbent Rep. Ronald Cosalan reaffirmed the members’ allegiance to the party through a mass oath taking of incumbent and comebacking officials, including new party members.

Cosalan and majority of the incumbent municipal mayors are seeking reelection. Benguet Board Member Nelson Dangwa will run for the vice gubernatorial post.

The Benguet mayors under the LP are Gregorio Abalos Jr. of La Trinidad, Materno Luspian of Mankayan, Arthur Baldo of Sablan, Faustino Aquisan of Kabayan, Mauricio Macay of Bokod, Ruben Paoad of Tublay, and Marcelo Contada of Bakun.

The other municipal mayors who formerly belonged to the Lakas party joined the newly introduced National Unity Party (NUP).

Incumbent Benguet Gov. Nestor B. Fongwan, who is seeking reelection, will also be in tandem with Benguet Vice Gov. Crescensio Pacalso in the NUP. The latter is throwing his hat in Congress against Cosalan.

As of press time, the NUP is finalizing its bet for vice governor among board members Rogelio Leon, Apolinario Camsol, and Juan Nazarro Jr.

Majority of the incumbent Benguet board members reportedly aligned with the NUP.

In Baguio, the triumvirate of Rep. Bernardo Vergara, Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas is being considered as a formidable line-up.

The Timpuyog ti Baguio led by the three incumbent city officials reportedly completed its slate for councilors.

Majority of the incumbent city councilors are seeking reelection except for Nicasio Aliping Jr. who is running for congressman under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

City councilors Perlita Chan-Rondez and Erdolfo Balajadia, who are on their third term, are reportedly not seeking higher electoral posts.

Those seeking reelection under the LP are councilors Isabelo Cosalan, Edison Bilog, and Fred Bagbagen while former officials Leandro Yangot Jr. and Jose Molintas are also firming up their own line-up.

The Comelec, meanwhile, reminded politicians to strictly follow the period of COCs and reiterated there will be no extension after the Oct. 5 deadline at 5 p.m.

According to the Comelec Resolution 9518, appointed officials aspiring for elective positions will be considered resigned from their posts at the start of the filing of COCs.

Elected officials will not be considered resigned from their posts.

For more particulars about the Comelec guidelines, politicians or their supporters get copies of the guidelines from the nearest Comelec office.


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