Local party finalizes 2013 lineup-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
TIMPUYOG ti Baguio, the local coalition headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Representative Bernardo Vergara, is now finalizing its line-up for the 2013 elections.
Mayor Domogan told reporters Monday that their group is ready for the 2013 midterm elections with their final slate already being screened in time for the filing of certificates of candidacy on October 1 to 5.
“Our group is ready. Our problem actually is how to screen those who would want to join the 2013 ticket,” he said.
Domogan, together with Vergara and Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas, will lead the line-up of Timpuyog Ti Baguio, a local alliance formed in the 1990s.
The city mayor said he is 100 percent sure of seeking reelection, emphasizing his local coalition has performance and experience to back their bid for the 2013 elections.
He said many individuals have already signified interest in joining their 2013 line-up but the mayor said they will still screen those interested to join their councilors list so those who expressed interest of joining will not feel bad when they are not included in their ticket.
The mayor said that despite being the head of the coalition, it is always a collective effort of the coalition’s general membership on who will be included in their 2013 line-up.
The mayor, a stalwart of the former ruling party Lakas-CMD, said he will remain with his party since the 1990s but said he respects the ruling Liberal Party (LP) under President Benigno Aquino III.
He said his administration respects President Aquino’s administration and continues to work together in implementing various programs.
He said the local coalition also welcomes other candidates from other national parties in joining their 2013 line-up like Fariñas, who is from the Nacionalista Party.
Incumbent councilors in the local Timpuyog coalition are Councilors Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Nicasio Palaganas, and Elmer Datuin.
Councilors Erdolfo Balajadia, another Timpuyog member and Nacionalista Party’s Councilor Perlita Chan-Rondez are on their third term and are said to be no longer seeking higher positions next year.
Councilor Nicasio Aliping, previously a part of the coalition, bolted out of the local alliance to challenge Representative Vergara for the congressional seat.
Meanwhile, other names reportedly running with the coalition are former councilors Federico Mandapat and Edilberto Tenefrancia, former PRO-Cordillera chief Villamor Bumanlag, former city treasurer Thelma Manaois, lawyer Ronald Perez, former village chief Fred Fangonon among others.
Meanwhile, opposition groups continue to hold talks in forming a solid party to contend with the Vergara-Domogan-Fariñas line-up with Liberal Party members and former councilors Jose Molintas and Leandro Yangot forming an opposition party.
Under the Liberal Party line-up are Councilors Isabelo Cosalan, Fred Bagbagen and Edison Bilog.
Nacionalista Party Councilors Richard Cariño and Philian Weygan-Allan are also being welcomed as guest candidates in other parties together with independent Councilor Peter Fianza.
Other names eyeing positions in the City Government are businessmen Mark Go and Mike Arvisu, former mayor Ramon Labo, lawyers Edgar Avila and Faustino Olowan, among others.
Aliping also floated the names of Engr. Rizalino Banta, transport leaders Emmanuel Carantes and Jonie Itliong, former Abra mayor Antonio Domes-ag and lawyer Frisco Domalsin ijn his council line-up together with other guest candidates. He also offered a slot to a family member of former mayor Braulio Yaranon in his line-up.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 25, 2012.