200 village chiefs to end term on Nov. 30

TWO hundred thirteen barangay captains will step down on Nov. 30 after serving three or more consecutive terms.

Based on the records from the Department of Interior and Local Government 7 at the Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor’s Office, there are 49 local government units that have barangay captains who can no longer run for the same position.

Among the local government units (LGUs) with the most number of barangay chiefs who have served three consecutive terms are Cebu City (16), Danao City (13), Argao (10) and Tuburan (10).

GUARDED. Men from the Special Weapons and Tactics guard a Comelec office in Mandaue City during the filing of certificates of candidacy for the Oct. 28 barangay elections. (Sun.Star Cebu Photo/Allan Cuizon)

There are 1,203 barangays in Cebu Province including Lapu-lapu City and Cebu City.

This means there will be 990 barangay captains who can run for reelection on Oct. 28.

The Comelec field offices are accepting the certificates of candidacy (COC) of the aspiring candidates.

The campaign period will be on Oct. 18 to 26.

Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco Castillano said that after the barangay officials end their term on Nov. 30, the new set of barangay officials will assume office the next day.

However, Cebu Provincial Election Officer Ferdinand Gujilde said the Comelec will accept anyone who will file their COCs for the upcoming elections since the Comelec is ministerial.

But if a candidate who runs for barangay captain or councilor will be proven that he already served for three consecutive terms this year, the Comelec may file a disqualification case or perjury against him, Gujilde said.

Gujilde said the Comelec prohibits substitution because there is no political party in the barangay election.

But if the reason is due to death and permanent incapacity then substitution is allowed. But on the spouse of the original candidate is allowed to substitute, Gujilde said.

The Comelec will accept substitution until noon of the day of the election.

Castillano said if someone will withdraw his candidacy then he should personally submit her notarized letter to the Comelec.

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