AT LEAST two political party coalitions in Baguio City opened their bid for public office at the start of the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Bannering the Liberal Party is former Baguio representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. who hopes to reclaim his post after filing his candidacy together with human rights lawyer Jose Molintas, who is also vying for the top seat at the city hall.
The duo were joined by incumbent Councilors Mylen Yaranon and Arthur Allad-iw, together with Isabelo Cosalan Jr., Ronald Perez, Victor Jimenez, and Richard Cariño.
Local bets from the Nationalista Party – Partido Demoktratiko Pilipino Laban Coalition also trooped to the Comelec office with Congressman Marquez Go gunning for his second term as lone district representative of Baguio.
Joining Go is Vice Mayor Edison Bilog running as mayor under PDP Laban together with incumbent Councilor Faustino Atiwag Olowan running as Vice- Mayor.
The “Gobiwan” team is joined by its councilor bets comprised of former councilor Phyllan Allan, Grace Mayos, Gerry Uy, Pamela Carino, Edgar Allan Beltran, Thomas Dumalti, Zosimo Abratique, John Glenn Gaerlan and Ricardo Bagalawis together with incumbent City Councilors Elaine Sembrano and Joel Alangsab.
Before 12 noon, Baguio Comelec officer lawyer John Paul Martin received the COCs of the candidates.
Aliping earlier launched his candidacy in August which carves a three-cornered fight yet with Rep. Go and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who is on his third term as city mayor.
So far, only Aliping, Go and Domogan are seriously seen in the 2019 congressional race for the May 2019 polls.
Baguio City Police Office city director Senior Superintendent Ramil Saculles said filing of the CoCs in the city remains peaceful despite the verbal tussle among supporters of the candidates.
As of Thursday, government officials of Benguet have yet to file their COCs and are expected to file in the upcoming days.
COC filing has been set October 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Saturdays and Sundays.
Following the filing of COC will be the release of full lists of running officials. Election period begins January 19, 2019 while campaign period will start on March 30 to May 11, 2019 in the local level and February 12 to May 11, 2019 in the national level for next year’s mid-term automated elections.