MANILA, Philippines – Elections are around the corner once again, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) started receiving certificates of candidacy (COC) on Thursday, October 11.
Local Comelec offices accommodated the initial batch of aspirants to more than 18,000 positions. (LIVE UPDATES: Filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections)
Here is a list of notable local bets on the first day of COC filing on Thursday, as reported by Rappler and various news organizations.
In Cagayan, Alvaro Antonio attempts to stage a comeback as governor under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) banner. His running mate is incumbent Vice Governor Melvin Vargas Jr.
Antonio served as Cagayan governor from 2007 to 2016. His daughter Cristina lost to current Governor Manuel Mamba in the 2016 polls.
JUST IN: Former Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio and incumbent Vice Governor Boy Vargas file their COC for governor and vice governor respectively. They're running under UNA slate. #PHVote pic.twitter.com/YaVzMIbHtW— Raymon Dullana (@raymongdullana) October 11, 2018
In Isabela, 3rd District Representative Napoleon Dy seeks to replace his brother, 3rd-term governor Faustino Dy III, at the provincial hall.
Mayor Ian Paul Dy of Alicia town will run for Congress to succeed his father Napoleon. Vice Mayor Joel Alejandro then filed his COC for mayor of Alicia.
Isabela province’s 3rd District Rep. Pol Dy filed his COC for Governor. Meanwhile, his son, incumbent Alicia town mayor Ian Paul Dy will be running for Congressman in the 3rd District. Thess Estioco @rapplerdotcom @MovePH pic.twitter.com/AdWRqYmyK7— Kurt Adrian (@KurtAdrianDP) October 11, 2018
In Laguna, former journalist Sol Aragones will seek a 3rd and final term as congresswoman of the 3rd district of Laguna.
Other COC filers:
- Baguio City: Former representative Nicasio Aliping – running for representative, lone district (Manila Bulletin)
- Baguio City: Jose Molintas – running for mayor (Manila Bulletin)
- Baguio City: Lone District Representative Mark Go – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
- Baguio City: Vice Mayor Edison Bilog – running for mayor (Manila Bulletin)
- Batangas: 6th District Representative Vilma Santos-Recto – running for reelection (ABS-CBN News)
- Batangas: Mary Angeline Halili, daughter of slain Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili – running for mayor, Tanauan City (DWIZ 882)
- Cavite: Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi – running for reelection (Facebook page)
- Cavite: 3rd District Representative Alex Advincula – running for reelection (Facebook page)
- Cavite: Rosario Vice Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr – running for mayor, Rosario (ABS-CBN News)
- Cavite: Rosario Mayor Jose Voltaire Ricafrente – running for vice mayor, Rosario (ABS-CBN News)
- La Union: 1st District Representative Pablo Ortega – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
- Nueva Ecija: Former governor Eduardo Nonato Joson – running for governor (PNA)
- Pangasinan: Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste – running for governor (Manila Bulletin)
- Pangasinan: Bolinao Mayor Arnold Celeste – running for representative, 1st District (Manila Bulletin)
The race for Quezon City’s top posts got off to a hot start on Thursday.
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte filed her COC to run for mayor, reported ABS-CBN News. Her running mate, 3rd District Councilor Gian Sotto, filed his candidacy for vice mayor.
Then, shortly after lunch, former representative Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III filed his candidacy for mayor. Actor and 2nd District Councilor Roderick Paulate* will be Mathay’s running mate.
[*Editor’s Note: We earlier reported that Paulate was a former councilor.]
Meanwhile, Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte was an early bird in filing his COC for reelection.
Other COC filers:
- Makati City: Ricky Yabut – running for mayor (Manila Times)
- Mandaluyong City: Mayor Carmelita Abalos – running for reelection (GMA News)
- Taguig City: Taguig-Pateros Representative Arnel Cerafica – running for mayor (News5)
In Negros Occidental, Representative Juliet Marie Ferrer of the 4th district will be running for reelection.
Reelectionist NegOcc 4th District Rep. Juliet Ferrer, accompanied by husband, former 4th District rep. & vice gubernatorial bet Jeffrey Ferrer and Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr, files her COC Thursday morning. | Contributed Photos #PHVote | via @marchelespina pic.twitter.com/qBNmkMKHSe— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) October 11, 2018
Meanwhile, former vice governor and ex-representative Genaro Alvarez Jr will seek to reclaim his 6th district seat in Congress.
Ex NegOcc vice governor Genaro Alvarez Jr files his COC Thursday. He will run for congressman in the 6th District, w/ Deputy House Speaker Mercedes Alvarez & Vice Governor & gubernatorial bet Eugenio Jose Lacson Teresa Ellera #PHVote | via @marchelespina pic.twitter.com/19AxgV5T8r— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) October 11, 2018
Other COC filers:
- Cebu: 6th District Representative Jonas Cortes – running for mayor, Mandaue City (Philippine Star)
- Cebu: Former Mandaue councilor Emmarie Ouano-Dizon – running for representative, 6th district (Philippine Star)
- Leyte: 2nd District Representative Henry Ong – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
- Leyte: 3rd District Representative Vicente Sofronio Veloso – running for reelection (Philippine Star)
- Leyte: Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers will be seeking a second term.
Other COC filers:
- Davao del Norte: 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
– Michael Bueza, with reports from Raymon Dullana, Kurt Adrian dela Peña, Marchel Espina, and Mara Cepeda/Rappler.com