SUPPORTERS of Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) accompanied the whole slate of the opposition as they filed their certificates of candidacy yesterday (COCs) before the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Cebu City.
Former mayor and congressman Tomas Osmeña and Councilor Nestor Archival Sr. led the group.
Osmeña is running for mayor with Archival as his runningmate.
In the north district, the BOPK candidates for councilors who lodged their COCs included incumbent councilors Alvin Dizon, Alvin Arcilla, Sisinio Andales, Mary Ann de los Santos and Nida Cabrera. They were joined by Banilad Barangay Councilor Malou Tabar, Garry Lao and former vice mayor Joy Young.
In the south district, the BOPK’s candidates who lodged their COCs were incumbent Councilors Margarita Osmeña and Eugenio Gabuya.
They were joined by former Philippine Basketball Association player Bonel Balingit, radioman Allan “Goliat” Nacorda, Barangay Mambaling Councilor Ann Palomo-Vestil, Labangon Barangay Captain Victor Buendia, Danilo Pacaña and former City Hall employee Randy Navarro.
North District Rep. Raul del Mar and South District Rep. Rodrigo “Bebot” Abellanosa will both seek reelection under BOPK.
On the other hand, Team Rama, led by Mayor Michael Rama, is scheduled to file their COCs today, the last day of the filing.
Before the filing, the BOPK slate attended a mass at the St. Therese Church in Barangay Apas, with Msgr. Roberto Alesna as the celebrant.
After the mass, vehicles decorated with tarpaulins of each candidate joined a convoy headed for Plaza Independencia, where their supporters convened.
From there, they walked to the Comelec office for the filing shortly before noon.
Supporters were wearing their “Type O” yellow and blue T-shirts.
Osmeña said he was overwhelmed by the public support, adding that the group did not require its supporters to accompany them to the Comelec.
“I’m very happy with the enthusiasm of the supporters, very happy to the every warm reception we are getting well along the road,” he said.
Among those that drew public attention were Balingit and Nacorda, who are well known in their fields.
Osmeña said they are special to the group since they have the ability to connect with the public.
“Goliat (Nacorda) has the ability to connect to the masa (masses). Bisan ako (Even) I don’t have that ability, naglisod gyud ko (I have a hard time) but Goliat is very smooth, nindot iyang (he has very good) vibes to connect with the people and he’s very important to the government because he will communicate to the people, especially those who have less in life,” he said.