LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16
LIST: Local bets who filed COCs on Day 4, October 16
(UPDATED) Among them are Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr for Bohol governor, congresswoman Kaka Bag-ao for Dinagat Islands governor, and actor Edu Manzano for San Juan City congressman

See also the local COC filers on: October 11 | October 12 | October 15

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr resigned from his post to run for governor of Bohol province.

Evasco filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday, October 16. He was the mayor of Maribojoc town from 2007 to 2016



Evasco is among the aspirants who went to local offices of the Commission on Elections to make their candidacies official on the second to the last day of COC filing.

Here are other notable COC filers on Tuesday, as reported by Rappler and other news organizations.


Ilocos Norte 1st district board member Ria Cristina Fariñas seeks to replace her father, former Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, in Congress.

Rodolfo’s son Rodolfo Christian Fariñas III also filed his COC for provincial board member. 


Other COC filers:

  • Cagayan: Governor Manuel Mamba – running for reelection (News5)
  • Camarines Sur:
    • House Majority Leader and 1st district congressman Rolando Andaya Jr – running for governor (ABS-CBN News)
    • 3rd District congressman Gabriel Bordado – running for reelection (ABS-CBN News)
    • Arnie Fuentebella, son of congressman Noli Fuentebella – running for 4th district representative (ABS-CBN News)
  • Catanduanes: Governor Joseph Cua and Vice Governor Shirley Abundo – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Ilocos Sur: Governor Ryan Luis Singson – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Nueva Ecija: actor and 1st District Board Member Rommel Padilla – running for representative, 1st district (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Pampanga: Bacolor Mayor Jose Maria Hizon – running for governor (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Quezon: 1st district congresswoman Katrina Enverga De La Paz – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Sorsogon: Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza – running for representative, 2nd district (Manila Bulletin)
  • Dagupan, Pangasinan: Mayor Belen Fernandez and Vice Mayor Brian Lim – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
  • Lingayen, Pangasinan: 2nd District congressman Leopoldo Bataoil – running for mayor (Manila Bulletin)
  • Meycauayan City, Bulacan: 4th District congresswoman Linabelle Villarica – running for mayor (News5)
  • Trece Martires City, Cavite: Gemma Lubigan, wife of slain vice mayor Alex Lubigan – running for mayor (ABS-CBN News)

Metro Manila

Actor and TV host Edu Manzano filed his COC for congressman of the lone district of San Juan City. The former Makati City vice mayor is expected to face reelectionist Representative Ronaldo Zamora.

San Juan City Vice Mayor Janella Ejercito Estrada filed her candidacy for mayor, accompanied by her father, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, reported ABS-CBN News. Her running mate is Councilor Leonardo Celles.

Other COC filers:

  • Parañaque City: Former mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr and former barangay captain Jeremy Marquez – running for mayor and vice mayor (News5)


In Negros Occidental, Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson seeks the gubernatorial post. Ex-4th district congressman Jeffrey Ferrer also filed his COC for vice governor alongside Lacson.


The sister-in-law of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo filed her COC to run for congresswoman of Negros Occidental’s 5th District. Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo Lesaca is the sister of the late congressman Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr. 

Then in the 3rd district, Francisco Benitez will be running to replace his brother, Representative Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez. 


In Cebu, Governor Hilario Davide III will run for vice governor in 2019, giving way to Vice Governor Agnes Magpale who filed her candidacy for governor, reported ABS-CBN News.

Other COC filers:

  • Bohol: Dan Ismael Lim, son of former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Lim – running for representative, 1st district (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Leyte:
    • Former congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez – running for representative, 1st district (Philippine Star)
    • 4th district congresswoman Lucy Torres Gomez – running for reelection (Philippine Star)
  • Bacolod City, Negros Occidental:
    • Mayor Evelio Leonardia – running for reelection (Manila Bulletin)
    • Former councilor Jocelle Batapa Sigue – running for mayor (PNA)
    • Former mayor Monico Puentevella – running for representative (PNA)


In Camiguin, Xavier Jesus Romualdo is gunning for his 3rd and last term as congressman, while Mambajao mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo is eyeing a return to the provincial hall as governor. Vice Governor Rudin Romualdo filed his COC for reelection.

Meanwhile, in Dinagat Islands, Representative Kaka Bag-ao filed her candidacy for governor. 

Ex-officio Board Member and Tubajon Councilor Annabel Pelismino also filed her COC for congresswoman, seeking to succeed Bag-ao.


Other COC filers:

  • Basilan: ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman – running for representative, Basilan lone district* (ABS-CBN News)
  • Isabela City, Basilan: former Anak Mindanao party list congresswoman Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman – running for mayor (ABS-CBN News)

Michael Bueza, with reports from Pia Ranada, Mara Cepeda, and Marchel Espina/

*Editor’s Note: ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman will be running for Basilan representative, not for Basilan governor as earlier reported.

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